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Tag: Romance

Why the World Needs More Inspirational Romance

Stories have been around since the dawn of time, since the birth of communication. Stories have always served a vital role in human culture, yet in our modern “sophisticated” world, it’s all too easy for many to dismiss novels as “escape.” Though, in fairness, spend ten minutes on Twitter and escape ain’t necessarily a bad …

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Writing About LOVE—Ditch the Cliches & Turn Up the Heat in Your Romance

Here is the problem though: No feeling in fiction is harder to convey than love. That’s because being in love is a feeling that escapes any description– it’s too exciting; too strange; too magnetic; too rare. So how can you do it better?

Is Romance Devolving?—50 Shades vs. No One Puts Baby in a Corner

Women have faced thousands of years of not being able to defend themselves against victimization and rape and now we have a cultural phenomenon that is redefining sex and blurring the lines of consent (which are already pretty damn blurry, especially after a drunken frat party).

Structure Part 7-Understanding Genre

  For the past several weeks we have been exploring structure and why it is important. If you haven’t yet read the prior posts, I advise you do because each post builds on the previous lesson. All lessons are geared to making you guys master plotters. Write cleaner and faster. I know a lot of you …

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The Book that Impressed "The Death Star"–The Preacher's Bride

Today is Free-for-All Friday, so it’s my choice for topics. Today I am going to do something a tad unusual. A book review. Now I don’t get asked to do a lot of these. I think it has something to do with my reputation preceding me. When you earn nicknames like “The Shredder” and “The …

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