A History – Brand New Year, Brand New Page

Wow, it’s 2010 already. Are you ready to start writing for real? Well, okay, you’ve been writing for real. I get that. But, are you ready to get serious about your writing? That means writing every day, even if it is bad.

As Nora Roberts said, “You can correct bad writing, but you can’t correct a blank page.”

From historical writing to paranormal and every genre in between, we write stories that engage our readers. We alone can take readers to places they’ve never been, remind them of what they’ve felt, help them relate to the characters we create, and bring them to a place of happiness, even if for just a couple of hours.

This is my first post of my own to a blog. While I write contemporary romantic suspense, I read historical romance. One of my favorite authors is Stephanie Laurens. There’s also Sabrina Jeffries and many others. Find your favorite author and study her work. Then sit down and try your hand at finding your own voice in writing. That’s part of beginning this new year.

Since I’m writing this historical blog, here’s your first assignment of the New Year. You are welcome to leave them as a comment, but no, you don’t have to submit them to anyone, just yourself or your critique  partner.

    Write a description of a Victorian wedding in about 500 words.

This just may be the new beginning you’ve been looking for. Remember, new year, new page. Go for it!

Raynene Burgess


About April Dawn

Hello, my name is April Dawn. I live in California with my loving husband and a beautiful baby boy who was born in '08. I enjoy reading, travel, and music. I have always loved to read. I have read voraciously for more than twenty years now. (OOPs, guess I'm showing my age there.) I have a love of suspense, fantasy, PI and police crime novels, and so many others, but I have a real soft spot for historical romance. I think I wrote my first official romance scene when I was about fifteen or so. It consisted of a girl being taken aboard a pirate ship and falling madly for the captain. I wish I still had that writing, because it would be real fun to read what I wrote like back then. I started writing seriously in 2002, and finished my first novel that year which retained the title "Romance Novel" for more than five years. Now titled Bound by Love, and available through Breathless Press. I have since finished two other novels that were lucky enough to be named something other than "Romance Novel". My current work in progress, The Piratess, stars a female pirate named Cat. In the future, I hope to be able to bring more of my characters into the world as I work to finish and publish the other novels that I have begun. Stay tuned to meet all the pirates, gunslingers and thieves that run through my head. Hopefully you will love them as much as I do. At this time I have about fifteen novels in the works, and enjoy the lives of the characters so much that I am sure I will finish them all within the few years. I am currently in the process being published, and hope that I will have release information coming soon for some of my novels. I hope you enjoy the site, and come back to look for samples and release dates often, or perhaps just to read the blog. Feel free to sign the guestbook, or join us to get updates.
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One Response to A History – Brand New Year, Brand New Page

  1. saukra says:

    Great excercise, Raynene. I think I will sit down later and give it a go. Though admittedly, I’ll have to go over some of the novels I have read from that era and give them a quick study first, lol

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