I’m attending my first writers’ conference! *clicks heels* The Romantic Times Convention in Chicago has been a lot of fun so far, and I want to share some tidbits with you.
In the “Kiss Me, Kill Me: Writing Action Scenes for Romance” seminar, writers Larissa Ione and others advised making the reasons for the fight personal. No one cares about an action scene unless there are high stakes for the hero and heroine.
There were married couples on the panel and they said they’d choreograph the action scenes together in real life, to increase authenticity. Sounds like I need to get me an author hubs to do this. 😉
Next was my favorite seminar, on Romantic Suspense. Here’s a great author, Cindy Gerard, with Roxanne Rustand to her left:
I can’t wait to read the next book in Cindy’s Black Ops Inc. series. These authors recommended the macfreedom program to shut off the internet while writing. (I need this!)
Finally the Young Adult panel was a hoot. Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss, is just as cute as her stories. Check out her red hair!
She and others advised not to write for the market, but to write what you’re passionate about. They also had a “Hunger Games” battle to argue if first person or third person POV was better. There was no clear winner, and the moderator Sarah Rees Brennan had to forgo killing off the losing authors. 😉
Stay tuned for my “M” post when I share marketing tips from Bob Mayer!