Recap of How to write Soapy Romance

Yesterday was my NHRWA meeting. We had another great meeting.

This month we had our annual Christmas Party and Book Swap. The book I received is, The Trouble with Valentine’s Day by Rachel Gibson. I will be looking forward to reading this book next even though it is not on my Kindle but in paperback instead.

We also had a speaker. She was none other than one of our own who travels all the way to Bow, NH from Massachusetts, Christyne Butler . She spoke at the RWA Nationals just last year. I didn’t get to go to it. I hear they had a great time.

Her Presentation was The Soapy Way to Writing Category.

Christyne was introduced to Day-Time Soaps at an early age by her mother. This later grew into a desire to write fan fiction for one of her favorite Day-Time Soaps. She eventually developed a following among those who followed fan fiction and at her husband’s suggestion she decided to try writing stories she could sell.

So she used what she learned from the Soaps and infused this into her Romance Writing.

She studied how the characters were cast in the shows, the Archetypes, The Hero – The girl/boy next door, The Millionaire Tycoon, The Professionals – like doctors and lawyers, The Family Matriarchs, and so on…

She had a good point. Those shows are infused with so much character building it can be overwhelming. But that is what makes you keep coming back to watch those shows.

I am a Grey’s Anatomy Fan – Hence this is a Romance with a Professional theme and it is Soapy.

She also talked about Romance Plot devices. You can find a great list here à
Romance Plot Devices

To cap off her presentation she explained how Romance writing was all about the Characters and their Dialogue’s.

I’m going to hold on to all this info and try to put it into use when I begin writing the next book in my series Wings from Ashes.

ROW80 Check In:

Nope… There has been no writing going on this week. I have been rewarding myself for a job well done that I definitely deserve for finishing and releasing on Kindle. Road Salt is done. This is the first book I have ever had to research so much info for writing a fictional book. The last time I had to research so much was back when I was in high school and had to write a term paper for biology.

It was kind of fun even though it was troublesome in the beginning. There isn’t much known about Bath Salts so I had a lot of scrounging around before I finally realized I had a great source at my finger tips on my Facebook Profile. He happened to be an EMT who dealt with individuals being treated for Bath Salts on a frequent but scary basis. He was all for Road Salt and was more than happy to divulge some really great info on the subject of Bath Salts.

So I thank you Scott for all your help in getting this project done.

Next up:

Begin working on the next book in my fantasy series, Orgarlan Saga.

Maybe the animals will make another appearance in this next book as they try to retrieve the Dragon Claw from Lord Ky’debaul.

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Keep those Fingers on the Keyboard #ROW80

How do you do that?

How do you go about staying motivated to keep on writing every day?

It’s hard, especially when you get stuck on a scene.

I had trouble with keeping my fingers on the keyboard but I still did work on the manuscript. I made the book cover and it came out awesome. All I have left to do on the cover design is the back cover and the blurb. So technically I did work on the work in progress, I just didn’t add any word count on Monday or Tuesday.

Tonight I added about 200 words. I will try to work on it some more after writing this post.

Wanna see my cover?

Here it is… I may tweak the font size a little after I see how it looks on CreateSpace…

 I did have to do a little bit more research on bath salts to get an idea as to how I am going to end the story for this one character. He is the one who has the violent episode while on bath salts and it does not look good for him at this time.

I have never killed off a character before. I will only do this if I find out that there is no hope for recovery for him. I am waiting for the verdict to come in. I stand a 50/50 chance of the counselor replying to my request for knowing what kind of fate my character should face. I already talked to an EMT and he said it will not look too good for the character. From what he said, most individuals end up dying from either the substance or from being restrained or such. What a sad thing to say about the fools who chose to use this particular substance. No wonder it is now being banned in most states here in the US.

I’m going to join RWA!

That’s right folks. I hope to make it official next week when I mail in my membership form. I can’t wait either. The NH chapter has a great bunch of fun gals in it.

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