On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

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RITA Award Winning Author -- that's like the Oscar, folks! Futuristic/Fantasy Romance and Fantasy with Romantic Subplots.

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Reading/Writing Genre

If you're going to write in a genre (romance, fantasy, sf, mystery) you MUST read in it. Otherwise you won't know the readers expectations, and more, whether what you are doing has already been done a zillion times.

May your course be true today.


Blogger Rising_Writer said...

Although I had been told this once before, somehow the message seems different, has more impact or meaning when you say it. I am not sure if I am going to be sufficient in writing the story in whole, but those who have read it over have told me I have some skill in the genre I am writing in. Hopefully readers other than those checking up on me will find it to be intriguing just the same!

7:05 AM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

Rising Writer, like all things, the advice should resonate with you, however I've seen a lot of mss. in contests that don't get the elements right (there was actually someone who entered a romance contest and killed the heroine off at the end. If you don't read in the genre, you definitely need friends who do who can tell you whether you're on the right track.

Take care,

9:39 AM  

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