Friends, Allies and Enemies — Who They Are & How To Portray Them

September 3, 2014 by Karyn Connor

The part of the Hero’s Journey that always tripped me up was the Allies and Enemies portion.  I get the basic elements of how to create enemy characters. Enemies are the proverbial scary monsters who want to destroy or devour the hero either physically or metaphorically. Or, on a more

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Sex Ruins Everything – And Love Makes It Worse

September 17, 2014 by Karyn Connor

Most new writers of romance make the same mistake.  In real life, a mind-blowing sexual encounter is good. Falling in love is better. In romantic fiction this is all wrong. Attraction, lust and love all have to make the situation worse for the protagonist. Otherwise, the conflict and sexual tension

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How To Properly Use Setting in a Novel

September 10, 2014 by Carrie De Simas

Focus your character’s awareness of the setting through the sharp point-of-view (POV) of their emotional, psychological and social backgrounds. What they see and notice (aka what they/you as the author share with us) has to mean something.  For example, a man I once dated took me to meet his best

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How to Promote Yourself on YouTube

August 27, 2014 by Laura Iruegas

If you want to succeed in your competitive field, there’s no avoiding it—you must promote yourself. There are plenty of ways to do this, but one method in particular stands out: publishing videos to YouTube. YouTube is a great outlet for self-promotion because it allows you to share your work

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