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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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Breaking the rules: The Charm Necklace

February 2, 2016 Writing  No comments

I probably broke more than just the rules listed below, but these are the only ones that stick out to me. 

1.) Writing in first person point of view is the hardest to write. So you shouldn't try it for your first novel. Or, really ever, because your readers might have a hard time relating to your protagonist. 

I remember the first time I heard this at a writing conference. I was in the final stages of production and was about to publish. And this statement caught me totally by surprise. Because not only did I really enjoy writing in first person, it was the view I naturally wrote in. I wouldn't say it was easy or that I'm the best at it, but, for me, it was easier than writing in third person. (Which I did try for a chapter or two in the beginning efforts

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