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  1. Make GMC Personal

    Try to make GMC as personal to the hero as possible.
    He wants to save the world.
    That's a great external goal.
    But when he thinks about saving the world, he doesn't picture thousands of random...
  2. Gmc

    I am 20,000 words into the first draft of my next 56,000 word cyborg story and I JUST figured out the heroine's GMC this morning (I thought it was one thing and it was really another).
    I'll go back...
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    Writing The Unusual Heroine

    If a heroine ends up non-human in a previous book,
    that writer's readers are likely to be more accepting of a non-human heroine at the start of a new series.
    She's primed her readers for that.

    I...
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    Q&A

    Does anyone have any questions about building SciFi romance heroes or any questions about anything relating to SciFi romance?
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    How I Build Characters

    Some traits might be common for your series. In my cyborg series, Rage, Crash and Gap have the same external goal. They all want to escape the humans. Their internal goals are very different. Rage...
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    Acting and Speaking Like Aliens

    "What I meant was how to make aliens more...alien, without straying too far out of the box. I've read books where aliens talk and act like humans."

    This is a GREAT question, Hazel.

    The...
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    BBW Heroines And Non Human Heroines

    I DO believe that we are seeing more BBW heroines (big beautiful woman) because the average American woman is a BBW. There are more BBW writers (I'm a BBW) and more BBW readers.

    There ARE readers...
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    SciFi Romance And Dark

    (tackle hugs Jennifer)

    In my humble opinion, SciFi romance is one of the more accepting genres of the weird and the wonderful. Paranormal heroes have a long list of reader expectations. SciFi...
  9. GMC, Strengths, Weaknesses, Fears and Growth

    If I were writing a 5,000 word/20 page short story with a cyborg hero, he would likely be very close to the reader’s expectation. Every deviation from a reader’s expectation requires an explanation....
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    The Human Alien

    It is tempting to craft a truly alien alien hero. He doesnít think like a human. He doesnít feel the same emotions as a human does. He has nothing in common with us.

    You COULD do that. As Iíve...
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    Creating Alpha Males

    Hi Hazel!

    Creating awesome alpha males is a course by itself.

    My thinking (and this is only my thinking) is that it is less about what the alpha male looks like or does than how he takes...
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    How Dark Is Too Dark?

    Hi Siren!

    Dark is definitely popular right now. Releasing Rage, my first cyborg story, is a dark SciFi romance. Very bad things happen to the heroine (and the hero and well... basically everyone)....
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    Common SciFi Romance Hero Expectations

    Again, these are expectations and many of these, Iíve compiled. Theyíre my own observations. They arenít necessities. Craft the hero you want to craft. But if you can follow some of these...
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    Why Heroes And Not Heroines?

    You might be wondering why weíre talking about reader expectations for heroes today and not heroines.

    Thatís because the most popular selling heroines in SciFi romance are human. Sheís a regular...
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    Why Reader Expectations Are Important

    I read almost all hero types in SciFi romance-cyborgs, aliens, androids, paranormals in space, bounty hunters, etc. You name it. I read it. But I read certain types when Iím in certain moods. I know...
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    Introductions

    Hi Everyone! Iím Cynthia Sax. Iím a USA Today bestselling writer of SciFi, contemporary and paranormal erotic romance. Iíve written over 100 stories (many of these are short stories and novellas).
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