By Jayne Ann Krentz
Romance readers and writers will locate this selection of essays by means of one of the most well known romance novelists writing this present day distinct and engaging. For the 1st time, those authors clarify why romance is so renowned, display why they write during this style, discover the unheralded merits of analyzing and writing romances and lots more and plenty extra.
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He has been variously described as a devil, a demon, a tiger, a hawk, a pirate, a bandit, a potentate, a hunter, a warrior. He is definitely not the boy next door. Linda Barlow and Jayne Ann Krentz 20 Indeed, he's a man in every sense of the word, and for most women the word man reverberates with thousands of years of connotative meanings which touch upon everything from sexual prowess, to the capacity for honor and loyalty, to the ability to protect and defend the family unit. He is no weakling who will run away or turn to another woman when the conflict between himself and the heroine flares.
The first and most deceptively simple rule every toddling writer learns is Show and Don't Tell. The next thing the writer learns is just how difficult that standard is to achieve, particularly when trying to Show rather than Tell something about a character while in that character's consciousness. It is not an impossible thing to do by any means, but it is an enduring challenge. We all fall back on telling, and Modleski's "schizophrenic narrator," the "man-watching-from-the-closet" who makes omniscient comments about the heroine's beauty, is really just an untalented writer.
Because this same frustration was one of the hero's dominant emotions in the course of the book, I am led to the conclusion that these readers were comfortably identifying with him, not her. Through her own and the hero's eyes, the reader watches and judges the heroine; the reader does not typically become the heroine in the way she often becomes the hero as she reads, although the closer she moves toward spontaneously identifying with both hero and heroine the more rich and rewarding the romance is likely to be for her.