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.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Writing Down the Bones: Story Construction and Evaluation The Romance Novel Pt 8 After writing the first Draft Premise and Characters

Hi All!

Just a reminder that I won't be posting an interview this weekend - I'm going out of town to visit my sister but I can tell you who my next guess will be - G. E. Taylor, contemporary romance author. 

We're going to continue on with the handout I've been working on by Janice Bennett. The last seven posts have dealt with what to do before you write. So now that you've written that rough draft... You're happy that it's finally done, but now the real work begins. You have to edit it. Like a lot.

Janice spoke about premise then asked questions about your characters again so I'm combining them into one blog.

As far as your premise goes: did you follow it through and not get lost in sub plots along the way?

Now how about your Characters?

1.) Now you should review your characters. Make sure you've highlighted all their facets, explored their emotional states and made full use of their personalities.

2.) Check and see if they always behave in a manner that is logical and makes sense for their personality.

3.) Make sure your reader can identify with them.

4.) Look at the conflict between your hero and heroine. Is it strong enough between them and the characters that interact with them through out your book?

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