Writing Wrongs

January 29, 2005

Iíve been reading romantic suspense entries for the Golden Heart and Iíve noticed a couple of distinct trends. Heroines tend to fall into a couple of categories. Theyíre either self-sacrificing to the extreme, giving martyrdom new meaning. Theyíre bitter and brittle, often for good reason, but still, it wears thin. Or theyíre so kick-ass, such a raging bitch, that it stretches my suspension of disbelief.

Maybe if I didnít have a military background, it wouldnít bother me. I really want to tell writers who create female military, or ex-military, characters that they all donít have to be raging bitches to be considered strong, or tough, or capable. Granted, they shouldnít be pushovers, either. Definite stereotypes exist. Itís something I tried to address in India Charlie and now with The Boysí Club.

And humor. Something Iíve also noticed, thereís a lack of humor. Not in the romantic comedy vein, but a little humor would be nice. Some romantic suspense is so unrelentingly serious, a little self-deprecating humor on part of one single character would bring welcomed relief.

Still, I learn so much from judging the Golden Heart, like just how important a synopsis is, and how it really can make or break a submission. And pacing. I wish I could put into practice what I see wrong with pacing in my own works. Maybe someday.

Writing Progress: Can you believe it? I did nearly 3,000 words this week in The Boysí Club. Iím pleased, even if Iím struggling with the Army stuff. Everyone seems to like the relationship stuff, and hey, so do I. Iíve been pondering how to wrap what essentially is the external plot of Army life into the relationship stuff so itís all interesting. I fear the Army stuff is only interesting to me, and yeah, I admit to simply wanting to get some of it on the page, as a record if nothing else. Itís more fun if I can wrap it in an engaging story.

Charity Tahmaseb wrote at 11:10 a.m.