How to Write Engaging Romances

I want to start this post with a quick comment on romantic tension.

When I look up posts about writing romantic tension, I see a lot of talk about tropes and technical definitions, but not much about where tension actually comes from or how to write it.

It’s fine to use tropes like miscommunication, having an outside force stop them from getting together, and personal conflict as a barrier. But none of these things actually create that tension that engages your audience. These are symptoms, not the source.

No matter what tropes you use, the fundamentals of an engaging relationship stay the same. And that’s what this post is about. This is what goes into creating that tension that can be used in various different tropes and stories, and what will hook your reader from start to finish.

Let’s talk about cardboard, spark, and chemistry.

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Everything You Need to Know About Developmental Editors

I’m so very excited to write this post.

I’m a developmental editor myself, and I absolutely love it! I actually did developmental work for friends for a long time without realizing it, and I’m lucky enough to be able to start freelancing this year (my services page will be up February 5th!).

That aside, I’ve noticed that a lot of writers don’t know exactly what developmental editors do, if they’re necessary, or what they really offer. I believe that every writer could benefit from a structural editor, and that’s why I decided to make this post. It’s information for everyone – whether you’re self-published or going the traditional route.

(I’ve also noticed some confusion between line editors and copyeditors, which is also discussed briefly in this post).

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