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May 4, 2010

Writer Tip: Shelley Munro

Read. You’ll probably hear this from every published writer you meet. You’ll probably hear it at every conference you attend too. It really is important to know how the romance genre works and the classic hooks that are popular with readers. Analyze each book you read. Treat them like textbooks and learn from every book. Discover what works for you as a reader, learn how other writers deal with dialogue, narrative and love scenes. As you read, you’ll absorb quite a bit of craft and you’ll probably find that you do things instinctively after a while.

A bonus tip: Take the time to exercise. Not only does it keep your mind alert and give you down time to plot and work through problems, it helps keep the dreaded bottom spread at bay. What? You thought bottom spread was an urban legend put out by published authors to scare you off? No, unfortunately. It’s quite true. If you spend all your time writing and don’t exercise you will end up with a large backside. Heed my warning and exercise! :grin:

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  1. Maria D.

    :grin: Great advice for anyone!

  2. Fedora

    Yep, this applies to us readers, too! :D

  3. Kaye Manro

    Agreeing here with both tips– read and exercise– how can we go wrong? Seriously, reading is necessary if we are to write. And I’m a big suporter of exercise. I’d go nuts without it.

  4. stacey smith

    Hay it the same for us readers to i need to get up more often.between the books and the computer i’m sitting way to much.now they need to find a way to read and exsercise at the same time.