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First draft finished: July 27, 2009 at 9:35 pm.
88, 435 words. 244 pages at 1.5 spacing.

Linkage

This is a link to an article from USA Today about romance novels--particularly authors Julia Quinn (I just read her book today; plus, she has an awesome website: www.juliaquinn.com) and Eloisa James, who in real life is a tenured professor at Fordham University.

USA Today article

Romance Novels for Dummies

Yeah, you're getting two in one day because I'm bored out of my mind while people are walking in and out my house, supposedly installing new heating. All I hear is saws and lawn mowers and my phone, but who am I to say nothing's getting done? Not that it really matters that I'm posting twice today, 'cause no one reads this blog anyway.

I bought a book yesterday called Writing a Romance Novel for Dummies. I thought it might answer some of my "Is the love scene okay?" and "Fuck! Pacing! Fuck!" questions I have. I haven't gotten that far yet (saws and lawn mowers are distracting! Plus, I'm sneezing like nobody's business.) It is helping on the level of "wow--this is going to be a hell of a revision process." I'm writing myself a revision letter of the thousand things that need to be better in the second draft
*going cross-eyed*

To be funny, I decided to double-space my doc (it's 1.5 spaced as I'm writing) and it gre…

Story Overhaul

I'm on page 233--past the 84,000 word mark--and at a point in the story where I only have to prolong it long enough to get Madeline to meet Henry's sister, be needlessly nervous about the meeting, have Henry say that he wants to wait to marry until he can afford a house of their own, and then have him officially propose. Oh, there's a love scene in there somewhere and then I wanted to skip a month or so to a village assembly when Mady comes out of mourning and wears a pink ballgown threaded with silver in the skirt and dances for the first time with Henry.

After that love re-affirming scene (and crucial for Madeline's sister Alexandra's story--she's not of mourning at the assembly, for her own reasons), I need to mention the villain being punished (because don't you hate it when the villain goes unpunished?),skip till near Christmas and the wedding, have Henry and Mady getting ready to take off to their new home and have Alex missing at the send-off...with…

Musings on a Humid Friday

I'm now at 217 pages--79115 words, according to Word--and have now finished the big adventure part of the book. (According to the Romance Writers of America Contests Information page, that means I have officially written a novel-length work. Ah!) I'm definitely in the "falling action" bit of the story, the resolution after the Big Adventure (which could also be the Big I Love You Reveal), soon to be followed by what I call the "We love each other. It's 1814. Now what?" sequence: Courtship (no forced marriages for Mady!), Quick Engagement, Meeting Relatives, a love scene and an epilogue which will show the wedding...and a set-up for the next story I want to write.

Thank god for outlines. Apparently they work!

I was watching a re-run special on 20/20 last night about JK Rowling. (1) I'm amazed that she can write in public cafes. I can't do it. I have to be in front of my laptop (the days of me writing by hand are over) in my room, preferably in m…
*Ahem*

I hit 200 pages. 73430 words. Holy shit.

Amusing myself

I'm bored and in need of amusement, so like every self-respecting twentysomething I have turned to Facebook chain notes. Here are two:

Guidelines:
1. Put your iTunes or Windows Media Player on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your next answer.
3. You must write that song name down no matter how outrageous it sounds!

IF SOMEONE SAYS, "IS THIS OKAY" YOU SAY?
"All You Need Is Love"--The Beatles

WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
"Fall Back Into Me"--David Cook

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
"Gold"--Interference

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE?
"The World I Know" (live)--David Cook

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
"Love Heals"--Rent Cast, movie soundtrack

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
"This Time"--Jonathan Rhys Meyers

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT OFTEN?
"I'm Only Sleeping"--The Beatles
Hahahaha!

WHAT IS 2+2?
"You Found Me"--Kelly Clarkson

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
"Blueside…

The Romance Heroes

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I've read numerous posts and discussions on various romance/ regency/ historical blogs and forums about the importance of the romance hero. Hence, Johnny Depp is at the top. Because what blog would be complete without him, I ask you?

A lot of authors say that the hero in a romance (they're called heroes, not protagonists for some reason) pops into their heads first. So far, my female characters have come first. Whether that's to do with being a girl or because they have more backstory, who knows?

A romance guy has to fulfill a few functions: 1) He has to appeal in that great mythic fantasy lover kind of way. Or at least fit the story and the heroine perfectly. 2) In a historical, he can be over the top. 3) He has to fall utterly in love. Believably.

My younger cousin Elizabeth is 14 and all about the Twilight books. She slips phrases such as: "Oh, that's like in Chapter 3 of Eclipse!" or "1919. You know, when Edward became a vampire" into ordinary…