It’s Birthday Bash! One of the most wonderful times of the year, right? We love this time, and know you do too.
So, yesterday was Valentine’s Day. Some love it, some don’t. As a romance author, I do love Valentine’s Day. Not that I expect anything fancy, or even to go out with my husband. If you want to know the truth, I’m a card girl. Just give me a card. A meaningful card. One that says I love you somehow, and I’m a happy Valentine’s Day girl.
So, onto today’s post.
I rented a movie on Amazon Prime. I will not say the name of the movie, but it was a romance. It wasn’t good. But I’m glad I watched it. Why you ask?
Because I just finished a book requested by an editor. (I don’t have a contract, just a request.) I’ve let it sit for a couple of weeks while I went on vacation. I like to do that, then dig in deep to do the final edit. The movie reminded me of all the things to look for.
Transitions—When you leave the hero/heroine in an emotional state at the end of one scene don’t pop into the next scene with them in a totally different mood without an explanation. The heroine can’t leave the party mad at the hero and the next time she sees him she’s smiling and happy to see him. That leaves the reader confused. (Am I right?)
Emotional draws (or attempting) that have nothing to do with the story—The hero or heroine see something/someone from their past, and it causes them to become sentimental and pour out their heart to the hero or heroine, only to have that particular aspect be unrelated to the story. Why waste pages on something, even if it’s emotional, when it has nothing to do with the story. (I’ll check out my emotional pasts angles and making sure they relate!)
How many tropes can you have in one story? I know writers use more than one trope in stories sometimes, but there is a limit. Too many and they all lose meaning. It’s hard to have a boss/client, city to rural hometown, love triangle (misconstrued even), fake girlfriend, hometown hero lies to town, and more and have them have impact on the story. (I’ll be counting my tropes!)
The dress as your favorite book character high school reunion dance and neither the hero or heroine ever talk about this and even though they’re in a big fight they both show up separately to the dance in full costume. Huh? (I’ll be looking at my events and making sure the reader knows how these things came about.)
These are just a few of the aspects of the movie that caused me, (and my husband, which never happens) to pause and look at each other quizzically.
Even though I’m up there in age, I’m still learning and growing as a writer. My books probably have some of those things I mentioned above in them at some point, but as we grow, we learn, and we can catch them, and make the story better. I’ve learned from a lot of great writers as well as through workshops, online classes, and conversations.
We’ll have a fun comment section today. Either tell me about how your Valentine’s Day went, (or what you love and don’t love about it), or a recent great book you’ve read, or an area you are still learning and growing in. Since it’s Birthday Bash month, one commenter chosen at random will receive a $10.00 Amazon gift card.