If you like to read romance novels of all genres, join the writers of Romance Weekly every Tuesday for our blog hop. We'll be answering the same questions, or writing the same flash fiction, or offering our favourite recipes. Once you've read my blog, the link below will direct you to another. Tell your friends and feel free to ask questions or make comments.
Welcome to those of you joining from Kim Handysides' blog. Here's my take on this week's questions.
What’s your favourite aspect of novel writing? Dialogue? Setting? Conflict?Narration? Explain.
I love writing dialogue. In my “real” job I write TV commercials. While this is not dialogue, it is writing for the ear. By this I mean you have to write the way people are used to hearing words said, not how they look on the page. And this translates really well to dialogue. I love to read great dialogue, too. Jennifer Crusie is amazing at this – snappy, witty, and so quick I sometimes re-read the passage just to enjoy it all over again.
How do you choose the setting for your plot? Are they always similar settings or does it vary? (i.e., small town, big city, castle, etc.)
My two published works have completely different settings (MOUNTAIN FIRE in a small city and its surrounding rural area, and CHEF D'AMOUR in Vancouver). My third completed manuscript is set mainly on the Azores, a tiny Portuguese archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic. The locations were pretty much determined by the plots – a grizzly bear poaching mystery, a television reality show, and an eco-adventure holiday.
Beth Carter came up with our questions this week. She's a big six-word memoir fan, and has challenge all the RWW member to describe our writing day using just six words. Here's mine:
Five hundred words. Just do it.
How did Susan Scott Shelley describe her writing day? Find out here.