by Andrea Lundgren I’ve been dealing with writing romance lately. Not the genre but the plot component, the seemingly inescapable phenomenon that crops up when writing fantasy, science-fiction, historical fiction, and just about any other genre, provided you have a few single characters floating around. And I’ve written about how authors can woefully get… Read More Playing Matchmaker: The Art of Writing a Good Couple
by Whitney Carter Ah, the love triangle. For the romantically inclined, is there anything more enticing, more gut-wrenching? The passion, the torn desires, the often vastly different futures – it’s simply too much! *back of hand to forehead in fainting gesture!* Okay, I’ll stop. But in all seriousness, a well-written triangle can have your… Read More How to Write an Irresistible Love Triangle
by Katie McCoach Recently I was reading a promising romance novel, and then, in the midst of chapter six, I found myself placing the book face down on my kitchen table in frustration. The hero was absolutely perfect. And I was bored out of my mind.
by Chelsea Particularly not, but considering the fact that almost every teenage girl can connect with Dessen’s stories, it makes us feel like anyone can write a good young adult novel as long as you can relate. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not discrediting this woman: she’s incredibly smart and I’m impressed that she can… Read More Can Everyone Write a YA Novel?
A few weeks ago, I came across a review on Goodreads mentioning Laurie Colwin and how, in that reader’s opinion, she was one of the few recent authors who wrote about happiness. My curiosity piqued, I ordered one of her novels, Happy All the Time, through my local library, and I let myself entertain… Read More What Does It Mean to Write About Happiness?