Clarissa’s Homecoming – my NaNoWriMo 2009

My NaNoWriMo 2009 submission, ‘Clarissa’s Homecoming’, is now being put up on Textnovel.
You can read it at: http://www.textnovel.com/story/Clarissas-Homecoming/4501/
And, it goes without saying, really, that I’d love feedback (hates and loves) on it!

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Posted in General on Jul 25th, 2010, 10:17 pm by althea     

Congratulations to the semi-finalists in Dorchester’s “NEXT BEST CELLER”!

Textnovel.com has just announced the semi-finalists in the Dorchester Next Best Celler Romance Writing contest!
Check out the names at Textnovelblog.
HUGE, sincere congratulations to those who made it!!

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Posted in General on Nov 4th, 2009, 7:40 am by althea     

On writing hooks

Writing your query? Just came across this article at the Romance University by C.J. Redwine, titled ‘How To Be An Excellent Hooker‘.
And on that note, I recommend the blog articles at the Romance University – well worth subscribing to!

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Posted in General on Oct 18th, 2009, 10:38 pm by althea     

Introducing Alvira Pradgett!

It is my honour to introduce to you Alvira Pradgett, proprietor of Professional Assassins Extraordinaire. An assassin in a parallel world with strict rules about life and death, her story can be read at http://www.textnovel.com/stories_list_detail.php?story_id=2010.

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Posted in General on Oct 16th, 2009, 1:12 am by althea     

What to do when your writing stinks

I’m having another of those days. My writing totally stinks, I can’t figure out why it does, I’m never going to be a good writer, and I definitely will never be as good as <enter random novelist’s name here>.
Enter this article by Golden Heart finalist Courtney Milan at author C.J. Redwine’s blog, titled Help! My [...]

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Posted in General on Oct 10th, 2009, 8:51 am by althea     

Oops – I did it again!

(With apologies to Britney Spears )
I have found yet another error in ‘A Regency Adventure’ – and a fairly major one at that! This is all thanks to “Common Regency Errors” at http://www.eclectics.com/allisonlane/common_regency_errors.html. I quote:
“A Viscount is not associated with a place, so he is Lord Titlename. Usually his title is the same [...]

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Posted in General on Oct 5th, 2009, 7:30 pm by althea  6 comments   

Compelling emotion… or the lack of it

I’ve realised that there is yet another serious flaw in my writing. If you have been following me on textnovel, you may have worked it out already.
My writing lacks compelling emotion.
I believe most writers struggle with this, and conquer it before being able to write fiction with an authentic feel. In my case, I believe [...]

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Posted in General on Oct 1st, 2009, 1:38 pm by althea     

The Little Things

What does it mean for the moon to wax or wane? What does the moon look like when it’s waxing or waning? And specifically, which would it have been doing in the latter part of April 1814? You see, I’d never bothered myself with astronomy before.
According to a Googled source of information, April 1814’s full-moon [...]

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Posted in General on Aug 26th, 2009, 6:14 pm by althea     

Found it!

Some advice from my WEA course “How To Write Your Novel”, on characters, villians, goals, motivations, and Aristotle’s Incline.

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Posted in General on Aug 21st, 2009, 3:05 pm by althea     

Index cards and Aristotle

Up until recently, A Regency Adventure was suffering from a lack of direction. I had a great start, two main characters, and too many possibilities. One of the big problems was a lack of chemistry between the protagonists… along with an inordinate degree of the same between one of the protagonists and an antagonist!
Then something [...]

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Posted in General on Aug 15th, 2009, 3:54 am by althea     

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