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.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Writing Down the Bones: Story Construction and Evaluation The Romance Novel pt 4 Story structure

So I'm back to the flyer - I know you're mentally saying finally. Since it has been a while I want to remind everyone that this came from a hand out written by Janice Bennett. The writing the popular novel handout is from the mid eighties to early nineties.

This section is about Story Structure...

1.) Does your story possess at least three separate plot threads? One for your your heroine's goal, one for your hero's and one for the romance?

2.) Is each of the plot threads believable? Does the order of the incidents follow logically? Is there a cause and effect?

3.) Is the resolution emotionally satisfying?

4.) Is the Story worth telling?

This one is almost word per word - Janice said it right and I couldn't see how my updating it could make it any better.

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