Breakout 5: Self-Defence For Women: How To Write a Fight Scene – RWAus14

Susanna Rogers – 2nd degree black belt in kickboxing, published romance author.  Publishes under the name Nina Blake  likes to feel powerful teaches kickboxing can’t run, catch or throw, but can kick and punch   When in stressful situation or danger:  fight or flight mechanism kicks in Physiological changes include: heart rate rises increased blood […]

Breakout 4: The Dark Side: Psychology, psychopathy and stalking – RWAus14

I have to admit that I had a great time at the dinner on Saturday night, and went to a room party afterwards.  I decided to sleep in a bit on Sunday morning so I missed the first session of the day (which was noted as TBA in my schedule anyway), and got there in […]

Breakout 3: Revision & Self-Editing: James Scott Bell – RWAuS14

Revision and Self-Editing for Publication (2nd edition) – James Scott Bell   No manuscript is ever submitted exactly the same as it will be published – revisions will be required.   Just accept that. Have a strategic approach to revision to make it consistent and easier. Robert Heinlein’s 2 rules for writing 1.  You must write […]

Breakout 2: The Inside Story: Valerie Parv – RWAus14

Australian auther Valerie Parv is an international best seller, who has sold more than 29 million books.  She writes primarily for Harlequin / Mills & Boone, however she has also written a few books on the art and craft of writing.  I have the revised 2004 edition of The Art of Writing Romance, and also […]

Writing the Knockout Novel – James Scott Bell – RWAus14

This was a full day seminar, really good with ideas for plotting and structure.  James Scott Bell was a good presenter, and had a lot of examples from movies and books to illustrate discussion topics. Overall it was a good day (except seating arrangements, but that is a different story).  My main comments were that […]