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 26, 2015

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

I'm so sorry I didn't post last Tuesday. I had the craziest thing happen and couldn't get on line, but I'm back and ready to bring you the next installment of the handout I've been working on.

As a reminder this comes from a handout by Janice Bennett on writing the popular novel. This section is on chapters. I might have changed a few words here and there but overall these are Janice's words.

1.) Do the scenes (approximately three scenes per chapter*) fit together as a unit?

* this isn't something that authors stick too but if you're a new author learning the art of writing this is a very good place to start with then as you grow as a writer you will find the right rhythm for your stories and the amount of scenes you want in each chapter.

2.) Does the chapter end on a strong dramatic moment? If possible, is it a page turning hook?

3.) Does the tension rise gradually throughout the chapter?  Do your scenes in the chapter build in importance and emotional impact?

Next week I'll be doing the section on resolution.

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