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, October 14, 2015

Writing Down the Bones: Story Construction and Evaluation - The Romance Novel Pt 10 Editing Chapters

I know I'm a day late but at least I didn't forget like I did last week...

Okay so we've been working off of a handout by Janice Bennett on Writing the Popular Novel and are now working on the editing phase of your manuscript. This week we're dealing with Chapters.

1.) Do you have your scenes arranged properly? Do they grow action, tension and emotion?

2.) Have you started each chapter with something powerful to draw the reader in? This can be an emotion or action. Have you ended you chapter with a strong hook or question that makes your reader want to continue to the next chapter?

3.) Does each chapter move both the plot and the premise?

4.) Did you stick in anything not really needed like descriptive elements like flashbacks or long boring and unnecessary narrative or introspection? (this is almost verbatim)

Next week - resolution....

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