You’re probably wondering why I gathered you all here today.
I’ve been thinking about doing a writing book, presenting the basic theories of fiction in general and of romance writing in particular, in an easy-to-use, varied format that would accommodate the three reasons people go to writing books. The format would
• give readers who want a fast overview the TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) experience by starting each section with a brief (under 500 words), two-page abstract of the topic.
• give readers who want in-depth discussion to a particular concept different ways of approaching it, including essays, analyses of stories in print and film, exercises, and examples.
• give readers who have a particular problem specific fix-it suggestions in each concept’s troubleshooting section.
So I’m writing the drafts of those short intro pages for the first section on conflict, and I’m posting them here on the first Mondays in September and October so that anybody who’s feeling helpful can beta. (I’m doing it here instead of on Argh because that place is such a grab-bag of stuff that it’s hard to see organization there.) If this turns out to be valuable for both you and me, then there will sections on Structure (Nov-Feb), Character (Mar-May), and Unity (June-July). And then if I’m really feeling gutsy one on Publishing. And maybe while we’re spending those months talking about those things, I can get the units they introduce finished. See? I have a PLAN.
Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to read through the intros and see if they make sense/are helpful/tell you what would be in the chapter to follow. If this works, the good stuff (as always) will be in the comments.