This week: Bullies, critiques and quirky habits…
How do you respond to someone calling your writing smut or demeaning your work in some other way? I write under a pen name and only a few people know I’m published. No bullying yet, but I’m sure it will happen at some point.
Trying to change their opinion would be futile, but money talks and romance far outsells every other genre. Romance Writers of America estimated sales in 2013 at $1.35 BILLION. Sounds like there’s some closet romance readers out there! I’m sure my erotic paranormal, White Doe, is a secret on at least a few e-readers.
When critiquing or beta reading, do you ever find the voice of the other author creeping into your writing?
For me it’s the other way around. I’ve had to work hard at leaving their style alone and only correct grammar and punctuation. I may tell you that you used “was” six times on a page, but I’m not going to rewrite for you.
What’s one quirky thing you do or must have around you while writing?
I use an architect’s chair to write from as my dining room table is bar height. I loving being able to look out the window when writing. In cooler months, I’ll burn a candle.
Check out Fiona Riplee‘s blog next on the hop to see how she handles a romance bully.
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