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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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Romance vs. Fantasy

I've always considered my Heart series books, romances, that most of the plot is focused on the relationship between the hero and heroine. And that relationship sometimes grows slowly, too slowly I think for some romance readers.

There's a lot of worldbuilding -- and time spent with characters, and Fams -- in my books. Mentor and critique groups told me that they like chapters 1-4 of Heart Search, but the reality is, it's mostly about the characters, Celta and the Fams.

Heart Search is bothering me this way, so I am working on my romance technique. This mostly involves cutting full scenes, maybe even chapters where the hero and heroine aren't together. Some of these I'll put up under the READS section of my website after the book is published.

And (after a time out), I looked at a scene between Camellia and her two friends and Fam and cut it. I needed ONE LINE from that scene to make a point and stuck it back into Chapter 4.

Slash and burn. **Sigh**.

May you know what you need to do today.
Robin

3 Comments:

Blogger JaneMcAsh said...

Maybe I'm unusual... but I LOVE the character building, the Fams, and the world building in your books. Too much focus on just the romance bores me.

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fully agree with Ms JaneMcAsh !!

4:49 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I agree -- I became a fan of the "Heart" series because I enjoyed the characters and Fams as much, if not more, than the romance.

8:23 PM  

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