There Are Six Main Storytelling Arcs

Here’s something fun for writers working their NaNoWriMo projects: There are approximately six main storytelling arcs.

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Aren’t We Past Condoms in Fiction? Apparently Not

A while back, I noted a thread from romance authors responding to readers who were insisting there was no need to include mention of safe sex. Reasons for this included couples being in established, monogamous relationships; a lack of condom indicating deeper trust and intimacy; and, perhaps the flimsiest excuse, that it was boring, awkward, […]

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Free Agency Frenzy

July 1.             It should have been joyful, the true start to the summer. Drinking Molsons in his backyard, on the lake in Okanagan, lighting fireworks as the sun went down, canoeing across the still waters with a miniature Canadian flag flying in the breeze as he paddled along with the kids, keeping time and […]

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Writer’s Insights: How the Weather Affects Writing

Summer is here, bringing with it hot temperatures and long hours of sunshine. I’m someone who very much looks forward to the hottest, longest days of the year. If I could, I’d stay in the warm weather all the time. Unfortunately, because I spend most of my time in Canada, I also have to live […]

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The Realities of Author Payments

A recent report about author payments in the UK saw a bit of a row break out between authors and publishers, yet again. Author earnings have been sliding. And while publishers have been complaining for years of declining profits and tighter margins, many are posting healthy earnings for their quarterly reports. Author payments appear to […]

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The Erotica Writer’s Thesaurus

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A Summer To-Do List

Summer is finally here. I have an ambitious set of goals in front of me. Here’s a snapshot of what my summer to-do list looks like.

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Word Mean Things: Novel

I (perhaps overly optimistically) signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo. For those of you not familiar with NaNoWriMo or the camps the organization runs throughout the year, the goal is to write a novel in a month.

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Draft Day

Symon Tremblay arrived at Toronto Pearson Airport as the draft began. He’d caught a red-eye out of Vegas the night before, not wanting to stick around for the inevitable ragers and generalized insanity of a bunch of drunk jocks with nothing better to do than blow and hookers on a black-jack table usually implied. Sy’s […]

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Why M/M Might Be a Better Label Than LGBTQ

I witnessed a fairly interesting Twitter exchange a while ago. The initial comment suggested that writers whose books feature cis, gay men should labeled M/M or gay romance. We shouldn’t label them “LGBTQ.” My knee-jerk reaction was, “They’re gay. What the fuck do you think the G in LGBT stands for?”

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