Category Archives: Writing Related
BY EILEEN DREYER
This is probably the most frequently asked question a writer gets. I’m always tempted to answer that there’s a little idea shop on 52nd Street in New York. But the truth is that it’s much easier—and much harder—than that.
Ideas are easy. Or, should I say, become easy. Getting ideas is as simple as training yourself to observe. Be it watching news or overhearing conversations, seeing an interesting person at the coffee shop or relaying interesting details from your job, there is always something to use. Life, after all, is endlessly varied and fascinating. The trick is to notice. To automatically question. To play a game I first learned from Mary Higgings Clark. “What if?”
By NIKKI NAVARRE
If you happened to catch my “Behind the Scenes” article in the November issue of Romantic Times, you already know I’m a former diplomat with weapons of mass destruction expertise who was stationed in Russia for several intriguing years. Although I worked for the U.S. Embassy, I lived in the open in a spacious city apartment in downtown Moscow. There, my two Siberian cats, my modern art collection and I shared many strange and exotic adventures.
BY AVA MILES
I really do believe real heroines wear lingerie—or divas since Romance Divas has been so wonderful to host me on their blog. Since Jax and Kristen love the term “diva” like I do—who doesn’t like the a word that means divine goddess?—it seemed totally appropriate to talk about a diva’s feminine accessory, lingerie, and the role it plays in romance and female-bonding.
Perhaps it’s because I have three sisters, but shopping for lingerie is a staple in our family. We do like to claim our divine goddess. Of course, a mall outing can be fun, but going into that special store filled with exotic items was always way cooler growing up. And still is.
As I writer, I’ve created heroines who like to wear lingerie. I mean, don’t we all have a secret obsession with “dressing” up for those special occasions? Ladies, you know what I’m talking about.
BY JEANNIE LIN
I *heart* nerds.
It’s no wonder that so many of my heroes are scholars. My bad boy heroes are failed scholars. You dark and dangerous rebel you.
BY LIA ROMEO
Nora Ephron was undeniably one of the greats of both romance and comedy, the intersection of which is where I find myself writing most often. One of her well-known quotes – and something she originally learned from her mother – was: “Everything is copy” … meaning everything that happens to you is potential eventual fodder for your writing. To me, this is one of the most wonderful things about being a writer.
BY AMANDA BERRY
Or maybe the madhouse would be a better choice. Between juggling writing, being a mom, and being a wife, there are things that should not be dropped. Though my clowns (the boy and the girl) are older now and more independent, they are still excessively silly and messy. During the day, I’m left taming the wild animals (the dog and the cat) most of the day and cleaning their stalls. Wherever the circus goes, a mess is left behind. As their janitor, I’m left pushing the broom long after the audience has left.
BY SIERRA CARTWRIGHT
You’re sexy, smart, sophisticated, adventurous, and, oh, did I mention, charming and optimistic?
Now you’re wondering how I know all this about you, right? No, I don’t have a secret camera, and I’m not following you around like a paparazzo. I didn’t ask your family to tell me about you. But I understand why you might think I did since I just described you perfectly. C’mon, admit. You’re all that. And more.
BY DANI COLLINS
I know I’m in good company here when I say that I love reading romance; I always have and always will. It’s the security of knowing everything will work out. I won’t say I’m paranoid, but I have a tendency to worry. Messages of hope and fulfillment are a necessary counterbalance for me when times are rough or I hear a hard news story.
Many would scold me for taking to heart the underlying message that if you persevere, you can triumph. Romances aren’t real, you know. Yet, like a relentless Pollyanna, I’m determined to prove the skeptics wrong.
BY ANNIE ADAMS
For the working writer, the production of a published novel seems a Super-Human endeavor, with the fear the piece of work won’t turn out to be acceptable or dare I even say, good.
There are a select few who have the luxury of writing whenever they choose, at any time of day or night, whenever works best for “the muse.” Then there are the rest of us, the vast majority, who are holding down full-time jobs, sometimes more than one job, raising children, running a business, or all of the above.
BY SUSAN MARMO
I’m obsessed with weather. All of it – the highs, the lows, hurricanes, tornadoes. Hell, with the exception of a hunky, bald, Scotsman A.K.A. my husband, nothing turns me on more than a cold front whipping across the Midwest Plains. I can tell you which numbers to tap into the remote control to find The Weather Channel in 5 states and hundreds of counties. My question is: “are you on Comcast or Direct TV?” Obsessed I tell you. You have to believe me!