This blog follows how a romance novel set in the Borders of medieval Scotland is researched, written and hopefully *hopefully* published.

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Romance Writer's Thought for the Day

"Live every day like it's your last."

I'm honestly not sure who first said this, but it's a good way to live your life (though I think too often it doesn't work in the real world--we all have too many mundane things that simply MUST be done).

The words speak (to me at least) of the concept of living a life brimming with passion. I think that's something that must be integrated into any good writer's characters. Passion. Most readers want characters that seem alive with their desires and fears--and that comes from being passionate about things. Even with the "controlled" male stereotypes we encounter in romances, once they get past the reasons for their stoic stiffness (a broken heart, rejection, etc.) good heroes are passionate heroes. I don't think there can be any other type.

The man who rushes into a burning building has an obvious passion for life--even if it's saving another's. People around him might think he has an utter disregard for his own life--but look closer.

I think writing passionate heroes and heroines (and it's okay to have their passions emerge at different rates--it's better that way, I think) is necessary and speaks to how much you truly know your characters.

Read a play by Sam Shepherd or Henrik Ibsen. Shake up your "knowledge base."

Write from the heart and try and live that way, too.


Good luck!
~Saoirse

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