Writing Tips

Writing Tips From An Expert I’ve been re-reading an article with writing tips from someone who appeared to be quite expert in the field when he appeared at the Romance Writers of New Zealand conference last year. Despite having the flu, James Scott Bell managed to convey some very salient points. I’d slipped this article of his away under all the other paperwork on my desk, and it wasn’t until I did a little office cleaning that I found it … Continue reading

Wordsmith

Is Every Writer A Wordsmith? According to the dictionary I have on my desk – a Cassell Concise Dictionary – the meaning of “wordsmith” is described as “a person skilled in the use of words, esp a writer”. I decided to check a definition as I wanted to add a little extra to my last post about the use of language in some writing. Then I realised one definition isn’t enough, I needed to be sure what I thought ‘wordsmith’ … Continue reading

Use of Language

Use of Language How a writer makes use of language within their writing must help brand them. For example, a Pulitzer prize winning journalist uses much different language than a writer of popular fiction. Or dear I add, a romance writer like myself. But is there any true gauge of which writing is “better”? Although many would say yes, and unhesitatingly assign any popular fiction, and especially romantic fiction, to the lowest rung of whatever ladder being used to test … Continue reading

“Worlds Collide” Setting

My Reasons For Worlds Collide Setting Why is “Worlds Collide” setting principally in Alexandria rather than New Zealand? I want to stay true to my pledge to include something of New Zealand in every one of my stories. But using a secondary character from a previous story (Worlds Apart) meant I really didn’t have any choice about where I was going to set Justin’s story. Some of it at least, had to be centred around Washington DC. Getting access to … Continue reading

How I Began Writing Pt3

My Writing Begins It was quite easy to divide my life into acts as Joanne Guidoccio requested for her blog. As far as my writing went, there were distinct time periods which contributed to my ability to write a decent yarn. The final of these 3 acts actually explains finding the courage to pursue my long held dream of writing a book. What I consider to be my Act Three began some years and two more children later. My eldest, … Continue reading

Keywords And Romance Writing

Keywords for Romance Writing This morning I spied an article about keywords and then ended up spending a couple of hours researching the internet for how to make optimum use of keywords in my blog posts to attract better SEO results. I do analysis my posts and try to ensure they do have a fair chance of attracting attention but its always interesting to hear of updated suggestions. While I might have been doing what I was advised by the … Continue reading

Writing Tips For Budding Writers

Writing Tips for Budding Writers Please keep in mind, while this writing advice for budding writers has been successful for the people I have coached, I do not offer any guarantees. I merely hope it might help stoke the fire burning within and get you started on a writing journey. I’m assuming part of your dream of being a writer is publication. Whether you’re thinking of main stream or self publishing it wouldn’t hurt to do a little research before … Continue reading

Writing Advice For Budding Writers

Writing Tips For Budding Writers Please keep in mind, while this writing advice for budding writers has been successful for the people I have coached, I do not offer any guarantees. I merely hope it might help stoke the fire burning within and get you started on a writing journey. So you’ve decided on your genre. You’re going to be a writer of ….! Good for you. There are still a few things I recommend you do before thinking of … Continue reading

Writing Tips For Budding Writers

Advice for Budding Romance Writers Do you have stories inside your head? Stories you’d love to share but don’t know how? Perhaps I can help you. But please keep in mind, while these writing tips for budding writers have been successful for the people I have coached, I do not offer any guarantees they will do more than get you started on a writing journey. The first thing I ask a budding romance writer is to chose whether they are … Continue reading

Writing Dialogue

Writing Dialogue Some people have difficulty writing dialogue while others find it a breeze. Thankfully I’m one of the latter. Adding dialogue comes easy to me and I believe it flows convincingly in my romance stories. I hesitate to tell anyone how to write dialogue as I figure if words don’t come easily, the reader will pick up on the unnaturalness of the speech. My writers’ group is currently working on dialogue. This month we presented a piece and decided … Continue reading