It’s hard to believe it is June already!
I’ve been thinking about my fiction writing goals for the summer and I’ve decided to review some important parts of writing a romance.
Those who know me also know I’m a journalist by trade and you might think it’s easy for me to write fiction. Not true. While I do have a good command of sentence structure and grammar, I’ve had to learn the craft of writing romance fiction, the same as everyone else.
To start, we all know creating romance is very different from mainstream writing. The love story has to come first. I’ve had to learn this, as well as how to plot, pace and write realistic dialogue. Not to mention being able to create believable characters.
I like adventure and multi sub-plots. Okay, so I enjoy making it hard on myself! But I get bored when reading or writing if there isn’t a lot going on in a story. For example, if I’m reading an historical, I want it to be historically accurate with the details or else I’ll put the book down. I also stop writing my own stories until I get the research and historical data down right.
I do write Sci-Fi too and can create my own worlds. But do you want to know something I discovered while working on Sci-Fi stories? I base most of my world building on my own experience with history, myth, culture, science and such. It’s still research! At least it is for me.
What do you think? How much do you invest in research? When is it enough?
Be sure to visit Dayana Knight today http://dayanaknight.blogspot.com/ and read what Eilidh MacKenzie, one of The Wild Rose Press Black Rose editors has to say about historical research.
Summer’s here... Let’s see how much we can accomplish!