To ramp up tension, skip some of the Twelve Levels of Intimacy. (Not familiar with the twelve levels of intimacy? Read Jenny Hansen's post here.)
Precise word choice enhances physical description and conveys "hidden" meanings, like "sharp"nose, hard jawline, ice blue eyes to show a hero may be dangerous or a naked overhead bulb in a bedroom setting.
More than half of the obstacles for your character need to come in the last half of your novel. They should come closer and closer together.
To create empathy with your hero, make her the victim of some underserved misfortune.
Good story-telling is about manipulation. There is a problem if the reader sees the "strings."
Our identities are who we believe we are. If you strip away the identity, you have the essence, the potential of what the character can become if she has the courage.
Your characters can not achieve the outer goal unless they move out of identity and into their essence.
Don't blame Fae. Laura added this!
Laura Drake on submitting your book:You know, Fae, you can't sell a book if you don't send it when someone asks for it. Okay, Laura, I sent the first book off yesterday morning. Book Two will be sent by the end of the week. By the way, I love your cheerleader outfit!
Some of the workshops were two hours and contained much wonderful, useful information. If you want more information about any of the "lines" above, let me know in the comments and I'll add some brief clarifications.
Willing to add your Golden Lines from RWA 2015 or a conference you recently attended? Share the wealth in a comment. And don't forget, we all have our own golden lines of writing wisdom. We'd love to see yours.
Fae Rowen discovered the romance genre after years as a science fiction freak. Writing futuristics and medieval paranormals, she jokes that she can live anywhere but the present. As a mathematician, she knows life’s a lot more fun when you get to define your world and its rules.
Punished, oh-no, that’s published as a co-author of a math textbook, she yearns to hear personal stories about finding love from those who read her books, rather than the horrors of calculus lessons gone wrong. She is grateful for good friends who remind her to do the practical things in life like grocery shop, show up at the airport for a flight and pay bills.
A “hard” scientist who avoided writing classes like the plague, she now shares her brain with characters who demand their stories be told. Amazing, gifted critique partners keep her on the straight and narrow. Feedback from readers keeps her fingers on the keyboard.