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The Romantic Hero—Sweet Romance Style

Sweet Romances include all romance that exclude titillating descriptions and sexual content. Inspirational or Christian romance falls into that category so these tips work for both secular and faith-based sweet romances. Many novelists begin the plot with the focus on the heroine, but occasionally the hero gets that opportunity. No matter, the heroine and hero […]

Characterization: Journey To Awareness

Every novel moves the main characters toward growth on their journey from unawareness to awareness. This happens in any genre from suspense to romance. And it happens in real life. We all make mistakes and, hopefully, learn from them.  So do all the main characters in a novel when they are confronted with a situation […]

How Readers Get To Know Characters

Everything in a novel means more once a reader gets to know and love the main characters. It’s like life. You care more about your family, friends and neighbors than you do about someone who lives on the next block or a stranger you’ve never met. What’s helps novelists is to understand the various ways […]

POV Is More Than Who Owns The Scene

Most movies don’t provide the inner thoughts of the POV characters. This means the movie’s director has a creative responsibility to focus the camera on what the audience needs to see. He may begin with a long shot and then move to a close up on a detail that makes a difference in the plot, […]

Emerging Theme In Fiction

Many novelists want to leave the reader with a final thought or message as well as to entertain them with the story. Yet a theme cannot be forced into a novel. Instead it is moral, belief or value that seeps into the story on its own and emerges from the story to the reader. Element […]

Meeting A Main Character

Novels open in many ways, but one thing novels do is present a main character. As a character is introduced, readers begin to gain information about the person, knowledge that helps them understand who the person is and what’s important to him. You get an idea of his goals, motivation, and conflicts. Though readers learn […]

Strengthen a Character with a Wound – Guest Post from Beth Vogt

Today the post on Strenthening a Character with a Wound is from author Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A nonfiction writer and editor who said she’d never write fiction, Beth is now a novelist with Howard Books. She enjoys writing inspirational contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily-ever-after […]

The Heart of Your Novel – Part 2

The Heart Of Your Novel Part 1 covered ways to avoid being overwhelmed by rules and formulas of fiction writing and neglect the heart of the story. Numerous elements were listed that make your novel full and better than if you ignored them. Part 2 will cover the specific building blocks that will help you […]

FOUR PERSONALITY TEMPERAMENTS – PHLEGMATIC – Part 5

Each week I have posted one of the temperaments define as a proto-psychological interpretation of the ancient medical concept of humorism and suggests that four bodily fluids affect human personality traits and behaviors. Hippocrates believed certain human moods, emotions and behaviors were caused by body fluids (called “humors”). The four temperaments are sanguine (pleasure-seeking and […]

FOUR PERSONALITY TEMPERAMENTS – CHOLERIC – Part 3

The last post covered the Sanguine personality and temperament. This week you will learn more detail on the Choleric Temperament. Though many personality studies have been occurred over the years, but one that has lasted is the Greco-Roman theory of the Four Temperaments as described below. More modern versions have basically been created with this […]