Okay so it looks like I fell off the planet. Promise - I'm still here. The last two years have been ... hard. There's no other word for it. Everything is fine. I'm fine, but I've been the caregiver of my Mother-in-law and now I'm taking care of my mom. Between her needs, work, etc I seem to have lost control of my time. I am still writing and have made a few hard decisions.

I pulled my books from Mundania and have decided to to try to sell them through other publishers. I'm happy to say the 1st three books I sold to HSWF (now owned by Mundania) have been picked up by Melange Books and will be released through their Satin Books imprint. The rest I'm still working on.

I'll probably still be sporadic. Unless I win the lottery and can hire someone to help me I can't avoid it, but know I'm still here still working hard in the background and am hoping to do better at keeping my blog alive.


Tink...tink...tink...anyone out there? Hi! I'm Barbara Donlon Bradley - Author - editor and slightly crazy - ask anyone in my family. I hope to use this blog to talk about writing, editing and whatever pops in my head. Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Writing Down the Bones: Story Construction and Evaluation The Romance Novel

Oh! I found another great handout. It's another long one that I'll break into bite-sized blogs for easier digestion. This one is by Janice Bennett for a program she did called Writing the Popular Novel.

Her outline is broken down into a lot of good points. The first one is before you start to write that novel.

A.) The premise:  (remember this is for romances) Does the premise focus on a character trait of your hero or heroine and does it strengthen or weaken as it interacts with the conflict of your story?

I love this question. It is one that can help you get your plot developed when you find the plot weak.

The next section covers the hero and heroine profile - which I will cover next week.

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