Monday, May 6, 2013
Best Writing Advice I've Received
A big part of writing is receiving feedback from others. If you're published or on a journey to be published, you're going to receive good and bad critiques of your writing from critique partners, agents, editors, contest judges, reviewers, and readers.
For the next few weeks, we're going to talk about some of the great wisdom other people have given me on my writing journey.
This week's piece of wisdom applies mostly to romance or any romance thread in a story. Instead of rejecting the submission, an editor who'd read my synopsis and first three chapters was kind enough to give me an opportunity to revise and resubmit. Her revision notes included this about my characters:
Your hero and heroine each needs to risk losing something of great value to them in order to be together.
It sounds simple but it's such a vital piece that many romance writers are missing. I had created solid goals, motivations and conflicts for both of my characters individually, but there wasn't enough keeping them apart.
When I'm critiquing or brainstorming with other romance writers, one of my first questions now is: What would the hero and heroine each be sacrificing to be with the other person?
The more concrete your answer, the better. Something abstract like "give up his fear of commitment" isn't enough. It needs to be a sacrifice -reputation, career, family, cause he or she cares about, dreams for the future, etc.
So what about your story? What would the hero and heroine each be sacrificing to be with the other person? Or what's a great piece of advice you've received?
*Also, I'd love to have some guest posts on this topic. If you have a great piece of writing wisdom you've received, email me at julie (at) julie jarnagin (dot) com. Or feel free to use the image above if you'd like to post about it on your own blog.