Thursday, November 3, 2011


Make ‘Em Laugh, Make ‘Em Cry…No, Don’t!

The most powerful weapon in your arsenal of writing techniques is the skillful use of emotion. Knowing why, when and how to use it can take your story from good to great. Emotion is at the very core of your story from characterization and setting to conflict, pacing and tension. What is emotion? How do you find it, and how do you convey it subtly for just the right feel and balance right up until that emotional POW at the end?

Linda Style’s childhood dream to become a famous novelist and travel the world didn’t garner much encouragement, so instead, she studied behavioral science and journalism. But even after working in both fields, her dream persisted and, after years of writing novels in her spare time… and four RWA Golden Heart nominations later… Linda’s last GH entry was purchased by Harlequin Superromance in 2000. Fourteen novels later, Linda’s books of romantic adventure, mystery and suspense are best known for their emotional impact , complex plots and deep characterization. Her books have been described by reviewers as "emotional, fast-paced love stories that keep you riveted until the very end." The recipient of several awards, including the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for best book of the year, Linda believes she has the best job in the world. “I get to make up stories and someone pays me to do it. It’s my fantasy come true.” Combining research with her passion for travel, Linda has traveled over a dozen countries from Australia to Turkey. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the co-founder of Bootcamp for Novelists Online where she teaches a series of writing classes.

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Posted by Vijaya Schartz
Desert Dreams Blogger and Speaker
Award-winning Romantic Science Fiction with a Kick

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