KEEPING YOUR CHARACTERS – AND READERS – ON EDGE:
TENSION AND THE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Presenter: Beth Daniels, aka Beth Henderson, J.B. Dane, Nied Darnell
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May 1 – 29, 2020
One of the best things about writing romantic fiction, is falling in love along with the characters, isn’t it? But if you want to keep readers turning pages – not to mention meet that required word count on the manuscript – then things can’t go well throughout the story. They need to have ups and downs and conflicts and resolutions, and…well, a lot of things, right?
Just being published doesn’t always mean you know what the heck you’re doing. Which means that when a story falls on its face, there’s got to be a reason. Frequently that is that the tension isn’t holding its own from page one to the final line of the manuscript.
So that’s what we’ll concentrate on for a full month…sorting out what tension is, what tension you have and what tension is missing or tripping things up because it’s the wrong type of tension.
Come with either a work in progress or a new idea to work on. Let your characters consider requesting something for their nerves while dealing with you, rather than the other way around.
BIO: Beth Daniels (aka Beth Henderson, J.B. Dane, Nied Darnell) loves her fictional children but apparently has a hidden sadistic streak that leaks out when putting them through the story hoops. She hasn’t noticed that any have developed twitches or flinch or hide when sits down at the keyboard but wouldn’t blame any of them if they did. The author of over 30 published novels, mostly romantic comedy, with 30 years of being a published novelist under her belt, her fictional children still manage to surprise her. However, they never send Mother’s Day cards. She has no idea how many of them are in therapy groups in fictionland. Find her at www.RomanceAndMystery2.com, www.WritingSteampunk.com, www.Muse2Ms.com.