A whole lot of romance

The RNA conference is over for another year (sad face) but here’s the take of three of us on a fab weekend!

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Take around 200 romantic novelists and what do you get? A conference, apparently! The Romantic Novelists’ Association conference at Lancaster University certainly didn’t disappoint, with an amazing buzz for the best part of three days.

The RNA is a diverse and incredibly supportive organisation. Writers of all ages, published, unpublished and self-published belong, and new writers are mentored through those painful early days towards publication. At the conference, there are talks and workshops on just about every aspect of writing a novel you can think of – but the best part of it is meeting new writers, making new friends and catching up with old friends.

Three Take Five Authors members were there enjoying the fun this year. Janet Gover and Jenny Harper and Sue Moorcroft.

A common pastime for me during the weekend. It's much better now. A common pastime for Janet during the weekend. It’s much better now.

Janet says: I had a wonderful time and came back totally…

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Annual Bloggers’ Bash

Blogger Mary Smith went to the Bloggers Bash in London – read all about it!

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IMG_5484-600 Early arrivals at the Bloggers’ Bash, greeted by Sacha before registering. Picture courtesy of Hugh Roberts.

I’m starting this post by giving the bloggers among you a very important date – Saturday June 10, 2017. Put in your diary now. This is when the annual Bloggers Bash takes place – and you really don’t want to miss it.

I went to London for this year’s Bash; somewhat nervously it has to be said. Apart from worrying about whether, not having met any of these people before, I would find myself sitting alone in a corner I was concerned about getting lost and never finding the venue. I have no sense of direction, have serious problems in distinguishing left from right and absolutely no idea which way is south – or west or north. And I don’t have a smart phone.

IMG_5486-600 “Then I turned left…no, right, well, whatever, I got here.”…

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Whose story is this anyway?

Janet Gover – a brilliant blog on Points of View.

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I think I put so many POV character in my first novel because I didn't know it was a bad idea. I think I put so many POV character in my first novel because I didn’t know it was a bad idea.

The people in my books are pretty pushy. Each one likes to make sure they get their story told the way they want it. That’s why I write books with multiple points of view.

If you’re not familiar with the term, point of view (POV) refers to the person through whose eyes the reader is looking into the story. The reader is in that person’s head, seeing what they see; feeling what they feel; and doing what they do.

One review of my first novel, The Farmer Needs A Wife said something like.. “there are about 6 POV characters, but it’s well handled and I didn’t find it confusing”. That was nice to know – but there were actually eight POV characters in that book.

Umm –no. There were nine…

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The Sound of Music vs Star Wars

Is the beginning really a good place to start? Janet Gover investigates …

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It is with great trepidation that I am about to publicly disagree with a cultural icon.

I am talking about Sound of Music – one of the most awarded films of all time. Five Oscars and The Golden Globe for Best film can’t be wrong. And there were many, many more accolades. It’s one of those films you either love or hate. Most people love it. It’s very dated now, but watching it at Christmas has become a family tradition. Everyone sings along with Julie Andrews and the kids.

Ok – so where do I disagree? It’s with Do Re Mi… and the first line of the song.

Let’s start at the very beginning. It’s a very good place to start.

(Go on – admit it… you just sang that, didn’t you?)

It's is an iconic scene in an iconic movie. I've seen it at least a dozen time. It’s is an iconic scene in an iconic movie. I’ve seen it at least a dozen time.

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So you have the ebook, the paperback, the audio, what next – how about a book trailer?

What about a trailer for your new book? Check out Ellie’s Campbell’s post on the Take Five Authors bog.

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For the launch of our sixth novel, Meddling with Murder we decided we wanted to make more of an impact rather than our standard “cover reveal” and the “Lo, behold, our new book launching today”. We wanted to go video. Many authors have been using video for a while now, so we were relatively late to the game. Something that had been on our “to do” list for ages – time for action.

First thing we were considering was a type of a video link aka Sophie Kinsella talking about Shopaholic and Baby…

But then we thought again. Even though our talented nephew Anthony is a budding film-maker with all the know-how and camera equipment, we realized: A) we’d never scrub up that well or look that dignified and well-dressed. Lorraine would probably have straw in her hair and Pam mud on the knees of her jeans.  B) Apart from being…

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The thief of time …

Just blogged about procrastination and motivation at Take Five Authors. I had fun! (And now I must write…).

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Alexandre Normand from San Francisco, United States via Wikimedia Commons Alexandre Normand from San Francisco, United States via Wikimedia Commons

I’ve blogged about procrastination before, elsewhere. It seems it’s a recurring theme! But I ask you – if you are a writer, can you honestly say that you never procrastinate? Because let’s face it, writing a novel may be fulfilling, rewarding, necessary (there are a dozen important and worthwhile drivers) but there’s always something that’s easier to do, isn’t there?

I think kid myself about my writing – I’m not procrastinating, the scene/dilemma/character is taking shape in my mind while I do other things.

Really? Hmm, well maybe. But on the other hand, maybe I’m just putting off dealing with the challenge posed by that elusive plot twist, the realisation that a character needs more depth, a scene more emotion.

Currier & Ives. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Currier & Ives. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons When I was researching this article, I came across this lovely image. Wow, I…

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