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 12, 2015

Writing Down the Bones: Story Construction and Evaluation The Romance Novel Pt 5 - Scenes

Hi All!

I'm back with another segment of the wonderful handout that I've been working off of. This section on scenes is definitely for the romance genre. I hope you can still glean some good information even if you don't write romance.

This is part of Section II.


1.) Are the hero and heroine together whenever possible? If not can your scene be rewritten so make sure they are?*

"In romances the hero and heroine should meet rather quickly - I remember when I was learning my craft I was told within the first five pages and I have tried to stick to that as much as possible.

2.) Is there enough conflict to carry your scene? If not can you cut it down and put it in a line or two of dialogue?

3.) Does the scene build in tension?

4.) Are you using one point of view throughout the scene? Whose point of view will tell it best? Your Hero's or your heroine's? Which will give your reader the best emotional response?

and here is a few of my own...

5.) Does the scene move the overall plot of your story along? Does it move the relationship of your hero and heroine along? Is this the right time for this scene or would it work better later or earlier in your manuscript?

6.) Does your scene paint a picture that draws your reader in or is a data dump? Can you make it more three dimensional and add movement to the scene to still relay what needs to be given without it coming across as a data dump?

Well, that's it for this week. Next week we'll be talking about chapters...

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