romance tagged posts

The Longest Way Down: the inspiration

November 17, 2016 Writing  No comments

May 2013    I saw The Place Beyond the Pines. It's a mediocre indie film where Ryan Gosling plays this stunt motorcycle rider covered in tattoos (no, I didn't really buy it either). In the film, he has a teenage son. I don't remember the particulars, but I just remember being so struck by how lost this boy was. He looked so sad and broken, like he was just trying to find his way.

Would he find his way? What would that look like? Could another person, a girl, save him?

The spark was lit. 

December 2013    Started listening to Twenty One Pilots album Vessel. Fell in love with their song The Run and Go. I loved the lyrics, the tension, the angst. 

I can't take them on my own, my ownPa, I'm not the one you know, you knowI have

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Just let me hold you

October 27, 2016 psychologyWriting  No comments

SPOILER ALERT: from this point on, I will be examining Running to Stand Still in-depth. If you haven’t read it yet, and don’t want it spoiled for you, stop reading now.

Our capacity to destroy one another is matched by our capacity to heal one another… Language gives us the power to change ourselves and others by communicating our experiences, helping us to define what we know, and finding a common sense of meaning… We have the ability to regulate our own physiology, including some of the so-called involuntary functions of the body and brain, through such basic activities as breathing, moving, and touching… We can change social conditions to create environments in which children and adults can feel safe and where they can thrive.

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Why I write romance

August 25, 2016 Writing  One comment

It came to me in a dream. 

"I write romantic dramas," I said to my now forgotten dream companion. 

I bolted upright in bed. 

I do write romantic dramas, I realized. Startled by the simplicity of that statement. A piece I'd been missing since I started writing seriously three years ago. 

Romantic drama. That is it exactly. That is my work. 

Romance being defined as a story that has "a central love story and an emotionally satisfying ending." 

And drama being defined as "serious presentations or stories with settings or life situations that portray realistic characters in conflict with either themselves, others, or forces of nature. A dramatic film shows us human beings at

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Character Profile: Collin

July 7, 2016 Writing  One comment

Collin Joseph WhiteMale protagonistPOV character

22 years oldDOB: April 19, 1989

Short blonde hair, blue eyes, light skin, athletic/lean body build, broad shoulders and trim, tapered waist, rounded shoulders5’10”Straight white teeth, soft skin, high cheekbones but soft facial features, full lips, sometimes has some facial scruff but usually clean shaven, no tattoosStraight, but relaxed and confident stance   

Average, casual clothing, mostly from Kohl's or Old Navy or Meijer, wears black work boots, and ball caps. Likes to wear long-sleeved thermals under his work shirt, relaxed, easy fit faded jeans.

Born in Warren, MIGrew up/currently lives in Roseville, MIMiddle class

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Drawing on my own love story

June 23, 2016 LifeWriting  No comments

The funny thing is, I do not consider myself to be a romantic person.

I remember being grossed out by Disney movie kisses—Pocahontas and John smith beneath the willow tree (ick!), Aladdin and Jasmine (good grief people, get a room already), Simba and Nala, Belle and the Beast. It was all just a little too much for me.

Except, of course, Lady and Tramp. Because they were eating spaghetti and it was just too cute.

So, like I said, I don’t consider myself an overly romantic person. I think Valentine’s Day is a capitalist scam. I almost forgot my wedding anniversary one year. The idea of intentionally romantic dinners makes my lip curl.

But the irony of that is that my love story has pretty much been textbook

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Writing Romance: Struggling with Plot & Structure

February 3, 2016 Writing  No comments

For the past five or six months I've been working my way through the second draft of my second novel (still no official title yet). 

And I'm happy to announce that the second draft is complete! (But, of course, there's still a minimum of three drafts to go.) 

I have made it out alive, but not, unfortunately, unscathed. 

When I first started working on this book, I knew the four major events (plot points, turning points) that happened. I knew the overall theme and feel of the story. I mostly knew the characters. But everything else, I let flow as I wrote. I let the characters take me to places I hadn't expected them to (which led to one particularly heart-wrenching scene). I let the characters reveal themselves to me in their own time (ah, I can't wait

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