Contributions to the Craft of Writing

These are books I contributed articles, or in the case of Love Writing, chapters to on the topic of the Craft of Writing.

Love Writing

Writing Romance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writing Advice

Here are a few of the posts I’ve written over the years on the craft of writing, insights into how I write and plot, and a few trips down the rabbit hole…

  • Writer Weds: Sex and Conflict – Keeping it Real As a reader and as an author, I’m a strong believer in conflict, since it’s through watching characters overcome challenges a reader gets drawn into the story.  Conflict not only moves a story, but to allows the characters to grow stronger as they achieve their goals.  It gives us a reason to root for them, to ...
  • Behind The Scenes: Theme and A SEAL’s Seduction As a rule, I don’t write with theme in mind.   I’m actually horrible when it comes to analyzing things like theme, motif, or symbolism.  So much so that I’m always surprised when I read a review or commentary on one of my books that mentions it’s theme.   That’s usually an ooooh sort of moment for ...
  • Plotting Detours What do you do when you have a story plotted, you put in all that pre-writing time and energy, then as you’re writing it you realize it just doesn’t zing?  Or that writing to a tight plot drains your joy and stifles your voice? Detour, of course! If a story isn’t working, no matter how much time ...
  • Plotting Road Map Ahhh, plotting.  I love it.  Yes, yes I do.  And for as much as I love it, I know just as many people who hate it.  I mean, serious hate!  Which I get.  I understand that storytelling has as much delight in the discovery of the story as it does in the final product. And ...
  • I Love My Plotting Board Last week I shared a post about plotting boards and character charts.  I said it then and I’ll say it again -I love plotting.  I need three things to start a story.  A solid premise, a handle on the characters and to know the dark moment, or more specifically, what the entire story is building ...
  • Plotting Board Fun I know I drive one or two (or most) of my writing friends crazy with my plotting habit. But, hey, it works for me 😀 And I’m a big believer in using whatever works.  So I gladly embrace my big white board, my color coded sticky notes and the same mechanical pencil I’ve plotted over ...
  • Personal Favorites: Secondary Characters, Starring Cade Sullivan Writing A SEAL’s Seduction meant getting to know a lot of new characters. Blake and Alexia are clearly the stars.   They were two characters who came, fully formed, into my head.  Both with distinct emotional baggage, with strong personalities and even stronger opinions.  But oftentimes I think it’s the secondary characters who provide the most ...
  • Creating Magic One word at a time… This is the view of my desk from where I sit.  I think I’ve got most of my bases covered.   I wouldn’t mind sprinkling it with a little fairy dust and writing magic, though.  What do you think?
  • Write Every Day. Yes, Really. I like to write. Good thing, right? 🙂 At this point, I’m publishing 4 Blaze novels each year, and trying to put out a few novella’s as well in my Karma Cafe series. A couple of questions that I hear a lot are 1) Do I have a formula to write ...
  • My Three Story Starter Requirements Okay, I’ll admit it (or for those who already know this, I’ll torture them with details). I’m an avowed plotter. I love to plot. The stronger my plotting before I start writing, the faster and easier the story goes for me. But I’m not a detailed plotter. More… broad strokes. Does that ...
  • The Devil’s in the Details… or writing a kick-butt synopsis I’ve spent the last few weeks in the cave, that mythical place writers hide to commune with their Muse and struggle to put words to the page. Starting a new story is always the hardest part of writing for me, and usually I write the first three chapters (a few dozen times) before I ...
  • Juggling progress I tore my manuscript apart. Seriously shredded it. This is for one of my 2009 releases, TIE ME DOWN. I knew it wasn’t working but couldn’t pinpoint why. My CP’s knew it wasn’t working, but… yeah, couldn’t pinpoint why. Then my editor called. The woman is like, psychic or something. ...

Coming Soon

Soon to be published books on the craft of writing, by moi…

Dreams to Reality

Courting the Muse

Writing Love Scenes