Category: patience bloom

The Plot Thickens…or How I Came to Like Fish

by Patience Bloom Some of us lack the gift of plotting. I’m not naming names here, but it’s not everyone’s forte. Now, you may create glowing characters and write sparkling first drafts, and yet plots are not your thing. Even after you’ve read Robert McKee’s STORY and Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey, highlighting important sections,…

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Romance Writing Pet Peeves

by Patience Bloom (from her blog) Please bear in mind that this is just one editor’s pet peeves, compiled over many years of reading. And I’ll include some good with the peeve: I love reunion romances. We’ve all had a romance that we’ve fantasized about revisiting. In Romanceland, you can! I also love cranky Alpha heroes,…

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Dear Editor: Should I Attend a Romance Writers Conference?

Dear Editor, I am almost done writing my first romance. At this point, I don’t know what to do next. I go online to see how I should publish my book, but this doesn’t seem to be enough. Is it worth the time and money for me to attend a conference? –Solo Samantha Dear Samantha,…

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My Editor Crush: Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton

by Patience Bloom I am officially outing myself as an obsessive follower of the Shefani relationship. I enjoy Gwen and Blake separately but together, they are editor crush magic! I can’t get enough of their sweet Tweets and Snapchats, trips to Disneyland, the zoo, glitzy events, concerts, the White House, music videos, and updates from their…

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Dear Editor, Can my hero and heroine be A-list celebrities?

Dear Editor, Can my hero and heroine be A-list celebrities? — Laura Dear Laura, Our simplest answer is that your characters can be in whatever profession they choose. We can’t control what you want to write. The crucial aspect for a publisher to consider is how this kind of setting – the celebrity world –…

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Dear Editor, The heroine of my story is annoying. Please help!

Dear Editor, The heroine of my story is annoying. She has a good job, she’s nice to others, but I don’t really like her. Please help! –Cynthia Dear Cynthia, The annoying heroine can be a difficult issue for the romance writer—and reader. Perhaps your heroine is too perfect or you don’t know her well enough.…

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Dear Editor: What makes a writer’s “voice” strong?

Dear Editor, What makes a writer’s “voice” strong? Editors are always saying that the voice is crucial. Why? –Anne Dear Anne, A writer’s voice is probably the most important element of the book (aside from the romance, of course). A reader could be underwhelmed by a premise but love the writer’s voice so much that…

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