Write Your Own Tales of Romance
Writing your own tales of romance is easier than you think!
You don't have to be an English major, a wordsmith, or a literary genius to write stories for yourself and/or others!
I have been writing little fantasy stories for over 25 years. Until now, all of these fantasies have been purely for my own enjoyment. I recently decided to "publish" my fantasies via this website rather than keeping them locked inside the vault that is my mind. For more information why I decided to "publish" my stories on my own website, click here.
I will be the first one to admit my stories and the way I write is far from perfect. But, I don't care. I write because it is what I am most passionate about. My education does not stretch beyond high school. I have never taken any writing courses (which is quite obvious). And because I have attention deficit disorder, I have had a very difficult time reading any one book cover to cover--I wind up skimming through most of the middle and skipping right to the end (which is why I write short stories--because they are short, but even short stories prove to be a bit much for me from time to time).
That being said, ANYONE CAN WRITE!!!
When I decided to actually do something with my passion for writing, my journey into collecting information and making lists began. I have scoured the internet looking for the best resources I could find that would help me do what I wanted to do. A quick Google search for "writing resources" and you will be on your way to writing for yourself and others too!
However, I have put together a few of my very favorite websites, blogs, and books that are in my arsenal. These resources have been absolutely priceless to me. I use them every single day, every single time I sit down to write.
Writing, like painting, photography, or another medium, is a beautiful form of art.
Nobody is perfect, so don't expect perfection too. Just write!
And I hope to see YOUR stories online or in print some day!
Got a story, how-to, or advice to tell and sell, but don't want to mess around with setting up an account? Try e-Junkie. All of the PDF's available for sale on Tales of Romance are sold directly through this company. E-Junkie is a super easy way to sell what you have to tell! Simply create and upload your PDF to their server, create an account (or several) to manage payments, and you are on your way. They are definitely worth checking out...especially if you are new to the indie publishing world!
The Emotion Thesaurus & More
Aside from my circa 1976 Webster's Collegiate Thesaurus, this collection of thesauri by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are my favorite set of resource and reference books. They are an absolute treasure and I can't imagine being without them. I am so addicted to these things, I have been known to keep them in my "library" (also known as the "bathroom" in my house). Below are the Amazon links for these books. The links on the top are for the paperback versions. The links below those are for the Kindle version. Obviously, the Kindle versions are cheaper so you could download all of them and save a buck or two. However, if you are like me, there is nothing like holding the real deal in your hands making them well worth the money.
You can also go to Angela and Becca's website Writers Helping Writers for more wonderfully awesome tips!
The Ultimate Fiction Thesaurus I & II
Okay, so I know I said the above thesauri are my favorite reference and resource books. And I mean that...but these two books by Sam Stone are also my favorite. It is possible to have more than one favorite, just so you know. ((wink, wink)) These collections of totally inspirational descriptions are coupled with tips, examples, and concepts giving you a truly well-rounded source of references. Mr. Stone's books include just about everything you'll need to describe at one point or another. From weather conditions to home interiors, sounds, smells, and touch, these two books pretty much cover it all.
They are awesome sauce!
These are way too affordable not to buy! At just a $0.99 a pop for the downloadable versions, you can buy both! And The Ultimate Fiction Thesaurus Complete Version in paperback is a steal at $6.99 too!
To say Brent Spencer isn't a fabulous writer and teacher of writing would be a lie. I own both of these downloads on my Kindle and refer to them constantly. They are so well written and easy to understand, I feel as though I was sitting in one of his lectures while reading these books. He truly is a genius when it comes to teaching blossoming writers like myself how to write scenes and dialogue. Oh, how I wish I could actually attend one of his classes someday. Until then, my well used e-books will have to suffice!
This downloadable book is just $0.99 and is a super fun read (not to mention to resource). It includes hundreds and hundreds of beautiful, descriptive phrases anyone can use in their works of literature!
I love this download! Partly because the beginning of this book, the author writes "Saves your precious time and provides instant inspiration for...". And partly because I feel like I am in the paint section at a home improvement store--one of my favorite places! Weird. I know.
What kind of romance writer would I be if I relied on my own imagination to come up with different ways of describing "the naughty dance"??? I shudder to think of the answer to that question.
Dear Stefanie Olsen (author of TheSEXaurus),
Thank you ever so kindly for writing this book. I wouldn't know what to do without you! I am forever grateful.
Yours truly, Em Bracken
Curious to know why I chose to self-publish and not seek out a publisher?
And here is my own, wimpy list of words I scribbled down on a piece of notebook paper 100 years ago. These words have gotten me through some tough times until I discovered the above books. I highly suggest you scribble down your favorite words to use over and over too. There's nothing quite like the classics!