Category Archives: Lucy at the Heart

Where Lucy talks about real stuff, real life and the journey we’re on together in this big, wide world.

Romance Conventions & Reader Expectations

on August 31, 2020
Are we married to certain literary conventions when we define genre romance?

I’ve been listening to Neil Gaiman’s MasterClass on Genre Fiction and it’s got me thinking.  Probably because so much of what he has said in his other courses struck a chord with me, I found it double disconcerting to be caught up short by his definition of genre fiction. Loosely stated, he says he had

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Craft of Writing Series by Lucy Monroe

on April 8, 2020

Anyone who knows me well, knows I love to mentor and to teach.  My agoraphobia had already curtailed my opportunities to do so (limiting my travel to the few months of summer when it’s most under control) when COVID-19 hit. And I realized I could keep mentoring if I was willing to put myself out

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Indie and Traditional Publishing – Neither are for Everybody

on September 24, 2019

This is the 4th post in a series I’m doing on recovering from burnout, or you know…maybe avoiding all together. While current wisdom is that the strongest careers are hybrid careers, meaning an author who is published both with traditional publishers and either indie published, or has books out with a small press, not all

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Social Media isn’t for Everybody

on September 17, 2019

This is the 3rd blog post in a series on Recovering from Burnout, something I have personal experience with. In today’s publishing industry, authors are expected to be Social Media mavens.  It’s written into some publisher’s contracts and an indie published author is under tremendous pressure to put herself and her life out there to

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Bestsellers Lists aren’t for Everyone

on September 10, 2019

This is the 2nd blog post in a series on Recovering from Burnout, something I have personal experience with. Who doesn’t dream of becoming a big time bestselling author when they start out in their writing career?  Listening to the chitchat going on at conferences and the like, we must acknowledge, not very many. I

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Deadlines aren’t for Everybody

on August 31, 2019

This is the 1st in a series of blog posts about recovering from burnout, something I am all too familiar with. Deadline’s aren’t for everybody, but they are an integral part of the publishing process.  And if you cannot make and meet them, you will be hampered in your ability to achieve commercial success as

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Build the Emotional Impact in Your Writing

on February 12, 2018

Why is emotion so important in writing?  Because when we connect with our reader on an emotional level, we engage them and keep them interested.  Even what should be the most fascinating facts ever revealed will lose reader interest when offered with dry rationality and no attempt to connect to feelings those facts could evoke.

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Lori Foster

on February 12, 2018

The second blog post in my series offering tribute to the authors who have mentored me and blessed me with their writing. If there is another author who gives so consistently, tirelessly and with so little reservation to other authors and her causes, I don’t know them.  And  I know A LOT of generous authors,

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Helen Bianchin

on January 21, 2018

I thought it would be fun to do a series on the romance authors I love to read, some of whom have been wonderful mentors and become friends. I’m not sure when I read my first Helen Bianchin book.  I do know that this Kiwi born writer, who has been residing in Australia since 1981,

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Top 5 Strategies for Taking Charge of Your Schedule in 2018

on January 5, 2018

I’m a planner. I always have been, but that doesn’t mean my time doesn’t get away from me. I’ll freely admit I struggle with saying no, setting both time and personal boundaries, but that’s what makes doing so incredibly important for me. Knowing how many other people struggle with setting goals, much less achieving them,

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