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    Romances with Other Stuff

    I decided that I started writing romances when I realized that the paranormal-type stories that I was writing tended to lean more toward being a romance, with all the other stuff in the background. And that’s all it ever was to me—stuff. Werewolves, vampires, faeries, princes, princesses, it’s all just background stuff. Let me get this straight: there’s nothing wrong with books that aren’t purely romances. I’ve been working on reading North and South by John Jakes for the last few months (it’s taken me a few months because I’d get distracted by other novels) and also The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, both of which have romance in them,…

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    On Giving Up

    I haven’t written a post in a while about my journey to publication. I’d like to say that my life got crazy—and it totally did—but I think that the main reason for my absence is that I’ve had a bit of a reality check. You see, I had this grand idea that I would send out my novel and within a few weeks there would magical happy dances and excited clapping. That was the dream, anyway. But then I realized that my novel was long. As in 130,000 words long, with the “average” word count for a novel being around 70,000. That means that what I wrote was almost double…

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    Romance Recommendations: Read Them Now…Or Regret it Forever!

    There’s a very basic piece of advice for any writer and that’s to read what you want to write. In other words, read your genre. Study it. Know its trends, know what sells, but mostly let supposed to inspire you to write something original, something that you’re passionate about. The other day I had this epiphany: I’m writing stories that I want to read. I know, what a concept right? But isn’t that what all writers are doing doing…writing about the world in a way that interests us? Well, for me, my genre happens to be romance. There’s nothing I love more than a book about love. The true, never-ending,…

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    Enter the World of Liz-Osyncrasies

    Over the summer when I was re-reading through Falling Forwards, I noticed something that I hadn’t really paid attention to before: I’m plagiarizing Taylor Swift. No. Kidding. Okay, so maybe a little kidding. I would never, EVER plagiarize, especially not T-Swift. But as I was reading through, I could tell what Taylor Swift song I was listening at the time, because there were a few indicators: (1) the tone of my writing was somewhere on the spectrum of super depressed (Back to December), to super cutesy (Stay Stay Stay or Today Was A Fairytale), to reminiscent (All Too Well), (2) sometimes the lyrics matched up to my writing (for example,…