June 24 2014 Romance Weekly

#LoveChatWrite

#LoveChatWrite

Do you like to read romance novels? Wouldn't you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all..... About our writing of course! Every week we'll answer questions and after you've enjoyed the blog on this site we'll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride! Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.

Tuesday again and time for Romance Weekly. Our three questions this week have been provided by Collette Cameron. She writes about Devine Encounters with Love. She'd love it if you visited her website.

If you are joining from the sandy escape of Dani Jace's blog, welcome! 

1. How do you respond to someone calling your writing smut or demeaning your work in some other way?

Romance Weekly had an interesting hop a few weeks back where this topic was also addressed. Check out #2 in my post. The truth is as an author I cannot please everyone. I write what I like to read and I know there are other readers out there who have similar interests. I’m not writing for the people who want to bash me or bash any other author of any genre. I write about love because at the end of my stories there will be more love found than at the beginning. 

 

2. When critiquing or beta reading, do you ever find the voice of the other author creeping into your writing?

This might happen to me occasionally but since I typically write linearly I know the first draft of any of my manuscripts are a very rough sketch of the final. What I do have to be careful of is not injecting my voice into someone’s critique I’ve been asked to give. I try to give suggestions and not rewrite. I started to rewrite the other day when a friend asked me to look over a few pages of her work in progress and since I’m in hyper edit mode right now I wanted to move sentences around and change words in the way I’ve been editing. I have learned to step back and give hints and suggestions so the other person can take it from there and improve based off their voice. 

    

3. What’s one quirky thing you do or must have around while writing? 

I have to have a clock around somewhere. I am bewitched by time. 

I find it quirky because the clock on my laptop isn’t good enough. The clock has to be big and in my face. My phone acts as a surrogate when there isn’t a big ass clock around because I can obsessively check it to see what time it is. I do crazy stuff like track how many hours of the day I am writing or editing or spending on social media or not writing.

I haven’t in a while but I used to time myself writing. I had to sit for at least fifteen minutes before I could get up from my desk and do something else. This is for those times when I feel blocked or have edits I just don’t want to face which has been frequently of late. 

That wraps up my Romance Weekly. Hop on over to Raine Balkera to discover her thoughts.