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BroadwayCon 2018!

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My friends and I went to the last day of BroadwayCon this year, like we did last year. The convention ran from Friday to Sunday, though we only did the Sunday (mostly because that's when the First Look Broadway show previews were).


And this year, it can be considered "research" for my latest writing project!

The Freedom of Writing Contemporary

For the longest time, the reasons I couldn't make a contemporary story work were several-fold: I read a lot of historical, I was more engaged with historicals, and I often didn't feel like I fit in to contemporary American life. Also, all of my contemporary stories felt like they all eventually turned into weird Mary Sue-like stories about myself or about people I know. They never stood on their own.

Well, having decided and planned (as in, character profiles, "research," and going to so many Broadway shows in my time) out my new idea of a contemporary romance series of four stories set in and around the Broadway world, I had a load of fun putting together the characters and their premises. And while the first story's outline--which I'm more than halfway through--hasn't neceesarily been easy to figure out, all of that thought, the deletions, the stops and starts now will make it far easier to actually write the complete story when I have the outlines in t…

Character Relationships

One of the vital elements for me to develop characters and develop conflict in a story are the relationships between the characters. Romance is all about the relationships between people--and character relationships seem to be the common thread between the stuff I like to read.

Usually, an author has more than one character to play with. There are protagonists, antagonists, secondary characters, and walk-on characters. As they interact throughout the story in various ways, their interactions form scenes, sequences, chapters, conflict and resolution--particularly in romance, which is all about how the main characters interact, process each other, come together and fall away, then finally come together for that Happily Ever After.

I'm hoping I can write a romantic relationship effectively, but I know that reading a lot of romance since my teens means that I can identify a healthy relationship from a not-so-good one. Whether romantic or platonic, soul mates or the way deeper bond of …

The Very Basics of the New Project

Okay. I have a rather unabashed reading habit when it comes to devouring romance novels. Y'all have seen me blog on the topic plenty of times. You've seen romance on my Goodreads reading challenge year after year, particularly historical romance. You may even know that once upon a time, I tried to write romances--first with the original idea of the Keegan series, then again last year with another incarnation of the same story world.

The slowness and lack of progress with that last project convinced me to put away that story world for good. Also, it convinced me that--at least temporarily--historicals aren't cutting it for my creative bug right now.

I picked up my first romance novel when I was about 11 or 12. It's debatable whether it was the Old Skool romance The Taming by Aleen Malcolm, a Harlequin book about a female football coach with MS who falls for the small town's hot basketball coach, or this one book in a Reader's Digest volume about a girl named Cla…

Misfortune of Vision by Christy Nicholas

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Misfortune of Vision by Christy Nicholas, Book #4 in The Druid’s Brooch Series Historical fantasy set in 12th century Ireland ~ Prophecy can be dangerous ~
In 12th century Ireland, Orlagh has been Seer to her king for forty years. He doesn’t want to hear her prophecies of war and destruction, and dismisses her efforts to warn him. Therefore, she is determined to fulfill her own quest: to find a worthy heir for her magical brooch.

In the course of events, she must pass judgment on a thief, escape a Norman war camp, and battle wits with a Fae lord. She receives some prophecy of her own and enlists the help of a grizzled old warrior, who happens to be a long–time friend.

Excerpt:


January 24, 1177 AD Dún Dá Leathghlas(Downpatrick), Ulster, Ireland

“Clodagh, do pay attention. Someday your woolgathering will get you in trouble. What happens if you forget you’re making a tincture? Some of these herbs will burn and turn to poison if you aren’t careful.” The girl hung her head. “Yes, mistress.” “And don…

IWSG: January 2018 and Flaming Crimes blogfest!

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Welcome to the first IWSG posting day of 2018! The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a large network of writers--we post our insecurities to the world every first Wednesday of month. 
This month's question: What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?
So, a fair portion of my life is scheduled to the nth--work, mainly. I'm outlining a new series idea--I'm still on the first story outline, though I have characters and stories mapped out for the other three stories--and I plan on getting all four outlines finished before writing any of the books. 
Because before you can schedule writing or publishing, you have to be sure your ideas actually work. And my longer story ideas tend to fall into mid-drafting meltdown, so we're taking care of the underlying structure first. Without a foundation, there can be no building. Without a decently worked-out plan for a story, there's no way my brain can spin out full-on…