All posts tagged: romance writers

Write on, Wednesday: Susan Elizabeth Phillips Talks about Character-Driven Plot

By Leslie Lindsay Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, a Spanish writer, depicted with the tools of the trade. (image retrieved fromWikipedia, 5.30.12) I will admit that I am not one to fall in love with a romance novel.  It’s not that I don’t like romance–I do, it’s just that I would rather be the heroine than read about her.  Who wouldn’t, right?  But, I can appreciate a good writer when I see one…or know one…or take one of her workshops at a conference.  Which is exactly what I did about a month ago. Susan Elizabeth Phillips may be tiny, but she is big on ideas and big on being sassy.  I mean that in a good way, SEP.  She has a wit about her that is infectious.  And if you have ever read her books, you will soon come to realize that she talks just like her characters–razor-sharp, funny, and a little saucy.  She had us in stitches several times with her personal stories.  And stories, are after all, what makes us write. In “Drawing Plot …

Write On, Wednesday: Sharpening the Saw

By Leslie Lindsay We writer’s need continuing education like the rest of us.  Writing may not be life or death as in my former career as an R.N. where we needed to do annual competancies, CPR re-certification, and CEUs….but it is just as vital.  And I do mean that in all ways–vital to making our writing stand out, and vital to the inner writer–those of us who feel we may die if we don’t get our daily word count in.  Of course, we aren’t going to die, but well…our words tend to atrophy. So, I am gearing up for a season of conferences and retreats.  Ha!  I say that as if I am going to be shipped off to a writer’s colony or something.  Alas, I am going to just two events this year (at least that I know of). This weekend, is the Spring Fling Conference held here in Chicagoland (http://www.chicagospringfling.com/) It’s really geared towards those who write romance.  Folks like Fern Michels, Nora Roberts, & Carly Phillips (I only know those names because I am sitting here at …