The Art of Writing

stack of booksSitting down and writing a novel is no easy task, not even for a pancer.

The heartaches from rejection letters are many, too many to count for most of us. With the big publishing companies not accepting new authors a new era of self-publishing sprung in the market place to bring joy and sorrow to both readers and serious Indie authors.

So, what does it take to write a good book you ask?

To begin, it takes time to perfect ones very own voice. If you’re a beginner, don’t get discouraged and most of all don’t get angry at the critique that shreds your piece. Through the years I’ve found that the most obnoxious critter is usually, not always, the most helpful. My experience at critiquecircle.com taught me that many brutal and mean critters actually had some very good suggestions for my personal writing improvements. Looking at things with an open mind always helps.

One of the problems I still encounter when writing is point of view. At times, I still wander from the character’s point of view (POV) to another character’s POV. Each section of a novel must keep to one character’s POV, a very hard task to accomplish for even the most skilled author.

Finding your world can sometimes be difficult. I started writing children’s stories to read to my kids when young and found my writing growing with them. I now enjoy writing for young adults, fantasy and science fiction, and for adults, romance. In today’s Indie world, an author can branch out and write in various genres—no cubbyhole restrictions anymore.

An Impossible Rescue is my first romance novella. What does it take to write a romance? I had always been of the mind set that the easiest books to write were romance. You know, boy meets girl, they fall in love and live happily ever after. Not so easy. With a romance an author needs to put on display the deep emotions each of the two heroes feel. The author must understand the relationship developing between the two characters and weave a net filled with emotions that keep the reader interested. Romance is all about relationships, not just between the two heroes, but also between the minor characters that surround them. The characters must be real, what do I mean by that? They must be people the readers can identify with, feel with, cry with, and rejoice with. Every little scene must put on display the thoughts and feelings of the characters.

I believe I’ve done all this in An Impossible Rescue, and would really love to know if you think I’ve been successful in writing a good romance.

An Impossible Rescue can be found on Amazon, Smashwords, and most on line book stores like Barnes & Noble, Kobo and much more. Take the plunge and try reading a new author you might be surprise of the outcome.

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If you chose to read, I hope you’ll leave a review.

 

 

 

About Annamaria

Although born in the United States, Annamaria Bazzi spent a great deal of her childhood in Sicily, Italy, in a town called Sciacca. Italian was the language spoken at home. Therefore, she had no problems when she found herself growing up in a strange country. Upon returning to the states, she promised herself she would speak without an accent. She attended Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Computers with a minor in Spanish. Annamaria spent twenty years programming systems for large corporations, creating innovative solution, and addressing customer problems. During those years, she raised four daughters and one husband. Annamaria lives in Richmond Virginia with her small family where she now dedicates a good part of her day writing.
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