The Write Word with Wareeze

The Characteristics of a Heroine

Hello readers and writers alike. Once again, I welcome you to behind the scenes of the writing world. Many thanks for joining me on this journey through our Soul Mate Publishing blog posting. Today, let’s explore the heroine, her characteristics, her appeal, and what makes her the heroine. It’s not enough for her to appear on the first page introduced as the heroine simply because she is there. More is required—much more.

In order to keep the reader’s interest, the hero must be attracted to the heroine at first glance. Certainly by the second and third go around. What catches the hero’s notice, also grabs the reader’s interest as well? Beauty, at least in the eye of the beholder. If he’s a breast man, she has a very nice rack. If he’s a hip and leg man, she has legs that go on forever. If he’s a…

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Is There A Better Marketing Tool Than Your Cover?

Your cover is the first thing the reader sees and…inevitably…the book’s first impression.

MEGA-BOOKSTOREI took the opportunity to poll readers during a recent mega-bookstore signing I attended with over a dozen other authors (six of which were romance). Because I truly wanted the information, I offered those who would fill out the questionnaire chocolate (always works) and the chance to win a store gift card. Out of the 25 readers I approached only one turned down my request.

The first four questions required a “yes”, “no” or “sometimes” response. The last question gave them three lines to express their opinion. Here are the questions I asked:

funny-cartoon-question-mark-awesome-487x5501. Is a book’s cover important in attracting your interest?

2. Do you collect bookmarks, trading cards or other material branded with covers?

3. Do you look for the author, book or book cover on social media (e.g., FB, Twitter)?

4. Do you follow…

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On Tour with Too Many Women in the Room

Joanne Guidoccio

Starting today and continuing until the end of June, twenty-eight of my author friends will host me on their blogs. I will be sharing posts, excerpts, and recipes with wonderful companions who have provided support and encouragement on my writing journey.

I’m hoping you’ll visit their blogs and enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway. You could win a $10 Amazon gift card.

Check daily for link updates.

May 28 – Donna Warner
May 29 – Just Romantic Suspense
May 30 – Marian Lanouette
May 31 – Claire Gem
June 1 – Romance Recipes
June 4 – Jen Stwinom
June 5 – Jacquie Biggar
June 5 – Lori Robinett
June 7 – Marilyn Meredith
June 7 – Lois Winston
June 9 – Ryan Jo Summers
June 11 – Lesley Diehl
June 12 – Vicki Batman
June 13 – Marsha West
June 14 – Mrs. N
June 15 – Marni Graff
June 16…

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The Right Opening

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Have you ever experienced the tyranny of the blank page?

If you’re nodding in agreement, you are in good company. In fact, I believe every writer—from beginner to published—has experienced those feelings of doubt and apprehension, especially at the start of a new manuscript. That’s when gremlin thoughts are most powerful.

In this post, I will offer several suggestions on how to squash those gremlins and start writing the first page of your next manuscript.

First, I will dispel  three popular rules:

rule #1–Start with a bang

Some writers believe the first page needs drama: a passionate argument between two people or a man running out of a burning house. One problem: the reader is not yet invested in the characters. The two people arguing could be murderers, and the man running out of the burning house could be a burglar. The reader needs to know more about the characters…

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The Write Word with Wareeze

The Write Word with Wareeze—Flawed Heroes

Hello writers and readers. Thanks for sharing some of your precious time with me. Once again, we are in pursuit of writing excellence. Oh, if only we could reach that lofty goal. Reading about writing is often tedious. I hope you will find this SMP blog interesting and informative.

Today, I want to question the flawed hero. My first published work Conduct Unbecoming of a Gentleman has just such a hero—much hated as referenced by several of the reviewer’s disparaging comments. From the start, I understood a hero should exhibit flaws, but he must grow and change by the end of the book. He must come to understand he is wrong and pursue the means to improve and win the day.

I’ve come to understand, a hero must be a hero from the first moment he appears on the page. He can be mistaken…

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Interview with Abbie Roads

Joanne Guidoccio

interviewpixI’m visiting Abbie Road’s blog and chatting about my writing journey and Too Many Women in the Room.

Drop by Abbie’s blog.

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On Finding My Tribe

Buried Under Books

In 2008, Joanne Guidoccio took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes cozy mysteries, paranormal romance, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.

Social media links:

Website // Twitter // Facebook
LinkedIn // Pinterest // Goodreads

After 31 years of teaching, I was ready for a change. So, I put pen to paper and revisited a writing dream I had concocted during my high school years. When I shared my new career direction and goals with family…

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