Thursday, January 25, 2007

Writing Life

One of the things I struggle with as a writer targeting category romance - yes those books! LOL Is the balance between reader expectation and an original story.

I'm a reader who loves her alpha heroes and plucky heroines who manage to captivate the untamed males. I love the sizzling Blaze babes whether they start out bold as daybreak or full of self-doubt,and their hunks. I love the protectees and their protectors, battling for truth and justice. I love the good women struggling to create family and the men who stand beside them. When I pick up a Presents, or a Blaze, or an Intrigue or a Superromance I have certain specific expectations for each line. And yet - I want surprises too! It's easy to be a demanding reader.

It's hard to walk that line as a writer.

Believe me, I do not have all the answers. The writers I adore all share certain traits. They create real characters, unique characters, characters I believe. Voice, detail, setting, emotion ,and dialogue all play a role in creating memorable characters. Even their secondary characters spring to life with stunning credibility. Do they have to be consistent? No, change is good - character arc anyone? But their inconsistencies and growth need to be properly motivated.

Back to reader mode for a minute. If I understand the reasons why a character is acting as she is then the author can have her do almost anything.


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