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Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

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I am a romance writer. So, I should have to write a romantic post on Valentine's Day. To tell you the truth, you'd do yourself a big favor if you went over and checked out this post in Sarah M. Eden's archives. Best Valentine post ever. Then maybe come back and check this one out.

The inspiration for my post came as I was writing my husband's Valentine. He is so awesome, guys. I will never be able to make you understand how amazing he is. I can only hope to help him understand his amazingness. I was writing down how much I like to hang out with him when I just sort of had an epiphany.

"Show, don't tell."

It's the rule of writers. My critique partner, Kaylee, is always making comments in my MSs about showing the characters connecting. Why does she like him? What makes him want her? How can my husband know I love hanging out with him? By me hanging out. And though I've gotten this rule for a long time--still struggled. We all do--this was just one of those AHA! moments with it. You SHOW so people get it.

One of my favorite quotes on love. It is SO important in writing about it too. People don't often just look at each other and fall in love. It shouldn't happen spontaneously in a book. It should happen because they become special to each other. Just like in real life.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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I've been writing since I was old enough to grasp a crayon--my grandma even has an early copy of a "book" I made her. I have a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wyoming and will (hopefully) soon be starting a graduate program in English. When I'm not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in the living room or losing miserably to my boys at Uno, I'm ... well, writing or editing, of course! I'm married to my best friend, and we have three rambunctious but simply amazing little boys.


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