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    Hi Rookie Writer...

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MissErotica, Jun 10, 2011.

    Hi to all the writers out there, I'm looking to write a Mills & Boon novel so my focus is on romance, sex and hopefully an original kind of plot.

    At the moment I'm just reading the series of Mills & Boon, seeing what the standard of publication is and what niche I should write for.

    Any advice from fellow romance novelists is welcome, the main thing I struggle with is PLOT LINE or story.

    I also have trouble with creating realistic settings as i have NO experience of the inside of a Parisian Cafe, Bahama Beach or a Swiss Chalet.
     
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    Hi, I actually struggle with realizing these elements as well although plot is something I'm never worried about. At the moment I'm writing a book that is about two sisters growing up so there is of course some romance involved as well.
    If you wanna chat it about your problems we can get down on solving the problem together.
     
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    Thanks for replying, I'm grateful for any help out there. When it comes to the setting like if it's in a hotel in Paris I know the prices will be in euros and there will be complimentary condoms in the rooms along with maybe mints and a hot tub in the 5 star hotels.

    But I wouldn't have known that unless I did some research, aside from actually going there I just have to read about it, maybe look at pictures.

    As well as other Mills & Boon books I'm going to analyse some James Bond stories to see how Ian Fleming wrote about romantic scenes in Russia, Japan and America etc. Looking at how he describes the setting and how the setting and story vibe are connected.

    The only books I've heard of involving two sisters is the Sweet Valley High series which is a world wide best seller and more recently 'the ice cream girls' they're not sisters but it was a major success and you might want to study the authors formulas.
     
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    As long as you have a good imagination it works just to imagine those places and see what you feel. If it isn't good enough you might want to throw some things in to make it more interesting. When it comes to authentic real places, hmm... then you'll need a lot of references. I'm also a visual artist at the same time so I'm used to adding details to stories like I'm adding them to pictures. Kinda helps.

    Thanks for suggestions, I might check them out. I just need to spice up the things the girls do. Since it's a sci-fi I don't really care how authentic they are but sometimes they get stuck in solving some problems and I don't know how they would get over them. Plus the whole romance and intimacy might need a bit more of complexity.
     
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    Hello Miss Erotica, Welcome to the Creative Writing Forums.

    Be aware that erotica writing may not be posted on this site. However you can post excerpts that do not contain content inappropriate for the site, and even the lustiest novels won't contain explicit content in every scene.

    Please read How to Use the Writing Workshop before you try to post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on should not be among the very first things you do here anyway. It is worth taking the time to see what other people have done to improve their writing, and see if some of it applies to your writing as well. That is part of why we require members to review other members' work before posting their own for review. On the other hand, there are no restrictions, other than content and copyright rules, on showcasing your work in your member blog.

    Also, be aware that posting a piece of writing on any public site, including this one, will greatly diminish your chances of selling it for publication. Removing the writing later does not alter that fact - once posted, it is irreversibly considered published. So do not post anything more than a small excerpt of any piece you are planning to submit for publication.

    If you haven't explored the site yet, you should probably do so soon. Newcomers often gravitate to the Lounge, the Word Games, or the Writing Workshop, but there is much more to be discovered if you poke in the corners. Remember to check out our FAQ as well, and be sure to read through the forum rules, too, to avoid any misunderstandings or hurt feelings. Respect for one another is our principal mandate.

    As for the Writing Workshop, new joiners often wonder why we do things a bit differently on this site than on other writing sites. We emphasize constructive critique as a vital writing skill. Training your eye by reviewing other people's work helps you improve your own writing even before you present it for others to see. Therefore, we ask members to review other people's writing before posting work of their own. We also impose a two-week waiting period before you may post writing for critique, to give you time to become familiar with what is expected and how the site operates. The Writing Workshop forums on this site, therefore, are true workshops, not just a bulletin board for displaying your work (and on that note, please only post each item for review in one Writing Workshop forum). Also, please use the same thread for all revisions and additional excerpts from the same piece of writing. See this post, Why Write Reviews Before Posting My Work? for more information.

    And while you're looking around, don't forget to check out the RPG forum for improvisational fiction. Also try our Weekly Short Story Contest and Weekly Poetry Contest. They actually run more than one week apiece, but any member may enter, and all members are urged to vote for their favorites.

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    Welcome, MissE. These days you can find a lot on the Internet.... including help from this forum!
     

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