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.

10 Important Truths I’ve Learned Being a Published Author

on July 22, 2021

1. The opening line is NOT the most important sentence in my book. Some people would have you believe that your entire story hinges on that first line.  Um, no.  If you excel at the clever first line, fantastic! I sure hope you also excel at the thousands of words to follow, because that’s what

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NaNoWriMo And You

on November 1, 2020

I sold my first book in Sept 2002 (it was published Oct 2003).  I hadn’t even heard of NaNoWriMo at that point, but I did hear about it the next year and, and the year after and the year after that, so on and so on.  I never felt compelled to participate.  I was already

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Book Room Clear Out

on October 23, 2020

My book storage room is getting seriously full and I was thinking of what I could do with all these author copies that are just stacking up now that I no longer run monthly contests.  And I thought, maybe I could finish off 2020 by doing some good. So, here’s the deal.  This is *not*

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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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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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Having Fun with NaNoWriMo

on November 13, 2017

For years, I saw all the NaNoWriMo posts on social media and author groups and thought, “Sounds neat, but I’m already writing every day and finishing my books.”  Then when I wasn’t finishing my books, I couldn’t imagine adding the pressure of having other writers looking at me like, “Why didn’t you do your word

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