So I haven’t actually done much blogging lately. Â I suppose you noticed, too, huh? Â I haven’t had much to blog about but I came up with a new weekly blog idea, if I have enough interest. Â It’s called Dear Gentle Writer and it’s a place for writers to anonymously ask questions about writing, or publishing or whatever is on their mind. Â If you have a question, feel free to email me at gentlewriter @ amiestuart.com
Our first Dear Gentle Writer Letter comes from Ann in New England. Â Ann writes:
I’m an agented, struggling romance writer who can’t seem to catch a break. Â After reading some recently published romance, I noticed the main characters had very little in the way of internal conflict. Â Also, one party seemed to be madly in love with the other. Â Both realizations left me wondering, overall, where’s the beef? Â Er conflict. Â And am I trying to hard to create (real) conflict in my books? Â Is that why I can’t sell?
Dear Ann in New England,
You have an agent so take heart. Â Someone out there realizes how fabulous you are. Â Otherwise, I’m afraid I don’t read a lot of romance so I hesitate to tell you to tone down the conflict in your books. Â Let’s ask our gentle blog readers. Â Maybe they can shed some light for you. Â Do you agree or disagree w/Ann? Â Have you had similar troubles? Â Or is Ann just full of Clam Chowder? Â And if you’re an Avid Reader, have you noticed this phenomenon in published romances???
(And as long as things don’t get ugly, I’m open to anonymous comments)