Love is gone from fiction

Yes. Just yes.

You Write Fiction

Love has been a core element of fiction since…well, since forever, I guess. It drives and unites characters, it pushes plot forward, it distinguishes good from evil, and it’s an integral part of what makes a story real to us.

Romantic love certainly isn’t the only manifestation of this force, but it is a prevalent one. It’s a trend I don’t foresee readers ever getting tired of because it resonates so much with the human heart.

But genuine love is all but gone from today’s fiction menu.

A culture that soaks up visual stimulation like a sponge has replaced selfless, sacrificial, protective love with superficial mind-candy.

Pick up any given book with a romantic element to it (doesn’t even have to be romance genre), and you’re just about guaranteed to find perfect bodies (featured on the cover to make sure the book sells), high-school level personalities (the angsty-yet-so-muscly dude who…

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Interview with Claire Banschbach, News #Blogbattle Winner

I won last week’s #BlogBattle (!!!!) and had the chance to be interviewed by the creator of the battles herself! So exciting!!

Rachael Ritchey

Claire BanschbachIt’s that time again! And author friend, Claire Banschbach is the News #BlogBattle Winner! We’ve not had the chance to grill her for informationinterrogatequestion interview her, so I’ve asked her by for a tidy little visit. She thought she might be up for it.

What do you think, Claire? Can you take the heat?

I’d love to attempt to answer some questions thrown my way.

Fantastic! I knew you’d be up for the challenge. Let’s start with something simple. 😀

1) Kinesiology is the study of human movement and you’ve got a degree in such an awesome thing! Now you’re looking to get a doctorate in PT. Love it. Knowing this about you and also your love of writing, I wonder: does having a degree in kinesiology aid you in your writing? Do you have a deeper understanding of human movement, limits, and fluidity? What advice do you…

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How To Hook A Reader

Due to an extended lunch break, I’ve had some time to catch up on reading other blogs (for once in my life). Anyway, this one was pretty good. It had some pretty solid advice and it made me consider my own writing. Which is always good. Enjoy!

Story Life

Young man fishing at sunset

When used correctly, hooks are one of the most powerful ways a writer can keep a reader flipping pages well into the night. However, the majority of writers end up using them incorrectly. It’s important to realize why.

Hooks are the kind of tool that won’t hurt your writing if they aren’t used, but will help it greatly if they are. Do you want to propel your readers from one chapter to the next? Isn’t one of the most obvious signs of a great book the fact that you can’t put it down?

Nothing can propel people through a book like an engaging story – there’s no way around that – but combining an engaging story with a good hook means that even if it’s 4am and they have work tomorrow, readers will keep telling themselves ‘just one more chapter’ until the sun comes up.

The problem is that writers often confuse good…

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