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Writer to Writer - May 2006

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Welcome to another issue of Writer to Writer.

I’d like to welcome all our new subscribers who have joined recently. Most of you won’t be aware that I have merged a number of my subscriber lists in an effort to cut down some of my workload.

Rather than having a number of ezines, and having to create newsletter for each, I’ve rolled them all into this one where possible.

In addition to this merging of lists, I’ve also been involved with a joint venture, and many new subscribers resulted from this effort. I hope you find Writer to Writer useful and informative, and you stay with us for a long time to come.

Your suggestions and comments are always welcome, and I do answer every email I receive. (Usually within a few days.)

At the time of writing, there are just over 2300 subscribers. Three years ago this month, the Writer to Writer ezine began with just ten subscribers. Those who have been with me for a long time would be aware that I’ve put my heart and soul into both the ezine and website. When I was starting out, information and support was almost non-existent. As I began getting published I vowed to change that situation. I hope I’ve succeeded.

I’ve spent a lot of this month researching resources for The Write Resources which is scheduled for publication by Central Avenue Press early next year. Although it’s been an exhausting (and exhaustive) task, I’m extremely happy with the results so far. I’ve uncovered a lot of resources I had no idea existed; most of which will be enormously beneficial to writers. If you know of any resources that would be of interest to writers, and are happy to part with the information, please let me know.

I mentioned last month that I’d undertaken a web design course. I’ve been playing and dabbling over the last couple of weeks, and have been very happy with the results. Due to some technical difficulties I encountered between the romance section and the rest of Writer2Writer, I decided to split the sites. The problems I had were a direct result of setting up separate navigation systems. Put simply, the two navigation bars I created were clashing with each other.

(I ended up removing the one I created for Writer2Writer, and haven’t yet had the time to replace it. I hope to get that done over the next couple of weeks.)

So I went out and bought another domain name and have set up the romance section as a whole new website. You can see it here:

I will still house some romance articles at Writer2Writer, but the majority will be at the romance site. This site is (and will be) devoted specifically to romance writing.

Feel free to pass on your comments – good or bad – about the site.

If you don’t go to the Writer2Writer website regularly, I urge you to do so. I often add articles that are not announced in the newsletter, so you may miss them. (This will now also apply to Romance Writer2Writer.) I’ve done a lot of work at the site over the last couple of months, and there is heaps more there than previously.

Don’t forget to check out the subscribers download library, and review the subscriber specials. The latter won’t be available forever, and I plan to remove most of them in the next two to three weeks.

Now to something totally different: I’m sure a number of people will email and ask, so I’d better tell you that I was (thankfully) able to avoid going to hospital and having IV’s. That sixth course of antibiotics – combined with my monthly transfusion of Intragam – did the trick. Hallelujah!

All this treatment was very draining and tiring, so I didn’t achieve as much as I would have liked, but all things considered, I think I did pretty well these last few weeks.

Okay, onto this month’s issue: Cynthia VanRooy tells us to Resist the Urge to Explain, (very good advise!) and Beth Morrow has reviewed The Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes & Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes.

This month’s guest article comes from Allyson E. Peltier, and is an interview with best selling author Phyllis Curott. A very interesting and thought provoking interview. Further in this issue, I've added the link to a very good article about Romantic Suspense. It's in pdf format, so you can download it to your computer for later reading.

Okay, that's more than enough rambling from me. Grab a cup of your favourite beverage, and relax with this month’s issue.

Til next time…






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The Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes & Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes

Tami Cowden, Caro LaFever, Sue Viders

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Reviewed by Beth Morrow©  All rights reserved


Whether you pen sci-fi, detective mysteries, historical romance or anything in-between, one undeniable element drives your story and compels readers to, well, read: characters. Uninteresting characters equal uninterested readers, plain and simple.

If creating dimensional, engaging characters gives you fits, or if you're just interested in finding out what makes people tick, check out The Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes & Heroines.

After a brief introduction of the history of character archetypes, the authors dive headfirst into the eight main types of hero archetypes. With each archetype is an in-depth explanation of that type of character, possibilities and reasons he may have become that type of hero (for example, the CHIEF character may appear unemotional but in reality is a much more sympathetic guy than he lets on). From that, we learn about that archetype's qualities, virtues, flaws and backgrounds, broken into two possible styles, or ways, that character might interact with others in your story based on their life experiences. Several career suggestions are also listed for each archetype, and in the margins, the authors list a variety of movie characters who also embody that archetype.

Read the full article here


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This is your opportunity to buy for yourself, family, friends, or launch your own fundraiser for your church or other community organization. You will be helping out Storytime Tapestry, and your own special needs group as well. But the ministry does not end there; Vance has his own special cause. You'll be helping to pay for a double lung transplant (see introduction below), a project which Vance is very committed to.

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Resist the Urge to Explain


Cynthia VanRooy ©  All rights reserved


Have you had the experience of reading a book and, while there was nothing specific you could put your finger on, the writing came across as clumsy and immature? Most likely that writer had violated the Resist the Urge to Explain rule. What do I mean? Read the following examples and note the words and phrases in parentheses:

Jaw tight, Amanda set her mug down with such force coffee splashed out on the freshly-cleaned counter. "I can’t believe your nerve," (she said angrily).

Marilyn sat at the bus stop, her shoulders sagging, and watched with disinterest people enjoying the spring day. When was the last time it had mattered to her that the sun was shining? (She felt so depressed.)

Susan had never laughed so hard in her life. (Jerry’s remark had been hysterically funny.)

What all these phrases have in common is that they are explaining things the reader should have been able to glean from context. The writer should have resisted the urge to explain. When you explain emotions to the reader, you are guilty of two sins—lazy writing and condescension. You are saying to the reader you don’t think they are bright enough to get the point without having you tell them outright. In the first example Amanda’s actions and words say it all (I hope). If they don’t, the answer is to rewrite the scene, not tell the reader what I’m trying to convey—that Amanda is angry.

Read the full article here

*This article is published at Romance Writer2Writer and also at Writer2Writer


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Making Love in Public—An Interview with author Phyllis Curott

Copyright Allyson E. Peltier  – All Rights Reserved


Phyllis Curott is the author of Book of Shadows, which has sold over 100,000 copies in the U.S. and is an international bestseller. Ms. Curott is a respected civil liberties attorney honored as one of the 10 Gutsiest Women of the Year by Jane Magazine. She is also a Wiccan Priestess, Interfaith activist and a member of the Assembly of World Religious Leaders who teaches internationally. Her most recent memoir, The Love Spell (Gotham Books, 2/05), has just released in paperback.


Readers and writers of romance novels are familiar with the tired litany of sexual buzzwords that frequent the pages of such books. Throbbing. Swoon. Explosion. But have you ever tried describing sex without using clichés? Nothing could be more challenging…unless, of course, you’re writing about your own sexual experiences.

In her memoir The Love Spell, her third book, author Phyllis Curott struggled to write about her most personal, private experiences in a way that was informational, sexy, and entertaining at the same time—without worrying what her friends and family would think when they read it! She took a moment out of her hectic speaking schedule to talk with me about the lessons she learned, and the tale she learned to tell.

AP: The Love Spell isn’t your first book, but it’s the first that deals with sex and sexuality—in particular, your sexuality. How did the experience differ from writing your other books?

PC: This was the most difficult to write. I had to really look at myself, face my demons, find my Goddesses, and be completely honest. The Love Spell is a memoir about the most personal of all subjects—sex, longing, desire, love and inhibition—intimacies that you only share with your partner, or talk about with your best girlfriends. Opening myself up in that way was very risky, very scary, even more than the first book, Book of Shadows, where I explored another controversial, personal journey as a young Ivy League attorney searching for the Goddess and finding the divinity within all women.

To the best of my knowledge, The Love Spell is the only explicit memoir written by a woman that re-weaves the suppressed connections between sexuality and spirituality, and one of the very few books that deals with the relationship between a woman and her daemon. A daemon is a male version of the muse. He's a divine being or messenger from God and a guide to the mysteries of a woman's soul, her sexuality and her creativity. He manifests in dreams, synchronicities, and also in real men; every woman has one, whether she realizes it or not.

AP: What happened when you tried to write your first love scene?

Read the full article here

*This article is published at Romance Writer2Writer


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