Any Other Topics You Want???
Since I'll be here all next week (Oct 11-17), I'd like to open the discussion to include any topics you'd like to chat about. (This is probably the quietest group of authors I've ever seen. I'm hearing crickets... :whistilin:)
If you want to talk about contests, the industry, other genres, or other craft topics, I'll be happy to field questions on anything. I'm here for you guys. Just let me know how I can help.
Happy writing! :fridge:
Definitions - Let's try this again, Mr. Server
As far as blending the right amount of romance with suspense, lots of people talk about percentages, but that’s hard to gauge. Karen Rose said it best when she defined the right balance as this. If you can delete your entire romance subplot and the book no longer makes sense, then you have the right balance. That means you must make the romance an integral part of the book and you must make it worse for your hero & heroine because they have feelings for one another. Every time they are together, they are in danger or they become more embroiled in a treacherous plot.
Originally Posted by SherryG
In my debut book – NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM – my hero was really cagey about being followed until the bad guys started following her. My hero became vulnerable because he couldn’t stay away from her and they both ultimately paid a price for their feelings.
Below are my distinctions between mystery, suspense, & thrillers. I hope this helps too.
Definitions – Mystery vs. Suspense vs. Thriller
· Mystery – The classic mystery is a ‘whodunnit’ with a crime to solve from the start by a professional or amateur sleuth who unravels clues to find the culprit. A revelation on something that has already happened.
· Suspense –Instead of the protagonist in a mystery who is unraveling clues to track down the criminal behind a murder, the suspense genre involves a protagonist who is trying to stop or prevent something from happening. There generally is a building tension or suspense as the plot progresses.
· Thriller - With a pure thriller, there can be higher stakes, multiple POVs, sometimes international settings, and definitely faster pace. Suspense on stimulants. A reader can have a visceral reaction when reading a thriller—escalated heart rate, tension, adrenaline rush, etc.
And the definitions below come from the Romance Writers of America:
RWA Definition of Romance & Romantic Suspense:
ROMANCE - Two basic elements comprise every romance novel: a central love story and an emotionally-satisfying and optimistic ending.
A Central Love Story: The main plot centers around two individuals falling in love and struggling to make the relationship work. A writer can include as many subplots as he/she wants as long as the love story is the main focus of the novel.
An Emotionally-Satisfying and Optimistic Ending: In a romance, the lovers who risk and struggle for each other and their relationship are rewarded with emotional justice and unconditional love.
Romance novels may have any tone or style, be set in any place or time, and have varying levels of sensuality—ranging from sweet to extremely hot. These settings and distinctions of plot create specific subgenres within romance fiction.
Romance novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot.
THE BOOK THIEF - Amazing!
I'm almost to the end of THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak. At a point where I dread what is coming--knowing it will be sad--and not wanting this book to be over.
Markus looks like a young guy in his author photo, but he writes with the type of emotion that makes me think he has an old soul. How does an author take such risk? This book is told through the eyes of Death in an omniscient POV. And it's got handwritten text and cartoon images of an artist inside the pages--a book within a book. And when Death wants you to pay close attention, he bolds his text and centers it in the middle of the page with asterisks or other punctuation, as if you could possibly ignore his words.
If you have the pleasure of reading this book, read between the lines of an author who took a risk. He had faith in his talent and put everything on the page, without caring what anyone else would think. He wrote the story his heart and his instincts told him to write. And this book will undoubtedly become a classic.
I will be sad when this book is over. And it will make it hard for me to select another to follow it, but for now, I am savoring every word.
Thank you, Markus.