Wordsmith– I also write books

As a published author and member of Romance Writers of America’s Orange County chapter, I was invited to judge entries for our 27th annual Orange Rose Writing Contest.  I take it seriously, always reading packets (containing a partial manuscript and synopsis) at least twice before giving scores and comments to help an aspiring author.   Judges want to encourage and offer advice to help others along their publishing path.  If something doesn’t work for us, we explain why and give an example.

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5 thoughts on “Wordsmith– I also write books

  1. Kathleen Rowland

    Rose Ann, suppose a couple is having some sort of intimate moment, and the author has the hero (in his point of view) tells her not to leave him. That’s not enough to create emotion for the reader. This is better:
    He closed his eyes, terrified that it was another of life’s cruel jokes. It didn’t make sense she could love him. There had to be a catch. The other shoe would drop any day now. “When are you planning to leave me?”

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    Deepening the moment is lots of fun for the writer.
    Well, I’m off to sail with my husband. We’ll sail out of Newport Harbor and bring a picnic lunch– something easy to eat when the sailboat (a Shields racing boat, but we aren’t racing) tips a bit. Hope everyone has a great day.

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