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Five Things That Revolutionized my Writing
Recently I developed a workshop concept with my fellow Destiny Romance author Louise Reynolds for the 2013 RWA conference to be held in Fremantle, WA in 2013. It made me think about the key concepts or ah ha moments that changed my writing for the better. These are my top five:Getting My Writing Style Right!
I’m a planner. Always have been but my writing style was true ‘pantser’. It didn’t feel right, but I didn’t know how to fix it. First Draft in Thirty Days by Karen Wiesner gave me the keys to unlocking the natural planner in me. I credit this craft book with enabling me to write much more efficiently.I Want to be Just Like Her!
I ventured into my first RWA conference in Brisbane a few years ago and didn’t know a soul. At the Awards Dinner, I watched as unstoppable Kylie Griffin scooped award after award. I thought, I want to be just like her. During a break I asked her was there any one thing that had made a big difference to her writing. Enter Margie Lawson’s the EDIT system. This logical, practical edit system shows things in your writing you might otherwise never see. It can be tricky to master but stick with it.The simple GMC
Debra Dixon’s Goal, Motivation, Conflict is a wonderful tool for writers and I use it before I begin a book. However, my lovely friend, Desire author Rachel Bailey gave me a shorthand version that I keep ‘front and centre’ whilst I write. Why not this woman for this man and why not this man for this woman? So simple, yet so useful.Emotional Order is Important
The talented Nikki Logan calls it the natural order of things, that is, how a character reacts to stimuli. It’s important to have the order right starting with the visceral leading to the subconscious and ending with the conscious. This is how we react in every day life. For an author, it is important to capture this on the page, or the reader may feel something is not quite right.Always Finish the Book
The very first craft workshop I attended was given by the phenomenal Melanie Milburne. She taught me so many things that I’ve used everyday in the years since in developing my writing skills. One piece of advice that really made an impression was, always finish the book. Again, sounds so simple, but without that advice I probably would have begun many different books without actually finishing them. As she said, how do you know how to write ‘the middle’ and ‘the end’ if you’ve never done it?Combined, these five concepts progressed my writing to a higher level. Perhaps some of these ideas will provide other aspiring writers with that wonderful ah ha moment!
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The Convenient Bride
Sienna De Luca will do anything to save her family's hotel, and ruthless Italian businessman Antonio Moretti knows it. With problems of his own, he proposes a marriage of convenience and plans to use Sienna to secure his next business deal. But things don't go quite according to plan.
In keeping with her part of the bargain, Sienna travels to Venice to be with Antonio, who introduces her to a life of great luxury and opulence. As befits the fiancée of the famous Antonio Moretti, Sienna is given a new wardrobe of designer gowns and outfits and instructed exactly how to behave when out in public. But after thinking he can manipulate her at his will, Antonio begins to realise he has seriously underestimated Sienna, her intelligence, her skills, her courage – and her beauty. Unexpectedly, Sienna gets too close and when she discovers his dark secret, Antonio's perfectly planned life begins to unravel.
I will be giving a Kindle copy of The Convenient Bride to one lucky commenter here today!
I love this advice! It's amazing how a small comment can turn around your whole thinking!! What piece of advice has helped you most in your writing?
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