Character Torture

linnea.jpg  “Readers read to experience tension.”

“Readers read to experience tension.”

“Readers read to experience tension.”

That’s the message of the first lesson in Linnea Sinclair’s new online class, “Character Torture 101.” As Linnea says,

“What you do to your characters, you are doing to your readers. And your readers WANT to be tortured. They want to experience life to the fullest, with all stops pulled out, without a net, and with their respective patooties swinging in the breeze.

Because in their real lives, they cannot.

See, they want to live life to the fullest, guns blazing, tumbling down a cliff, sunk in passion, enraptured beyond recognition—and do it from the safe and comfortable vantage point of their easy chair.”

Makes sense, doesn’t it? Linnea got that first sentence above from Swain’s Techniques of the Selling Writer. Now I’ve read Swain and that sentence many times, but I never stopped to think about what it really means. I’m about to find out!

The workshop is completely free to anyone who signs up at  http://romancedivas.com. This is a great writing site I found through Robin L. Rotham’s blog. Lots of information and forums where you can post and comment about romance writing. In fact, I just saw Robin’s comment about Lesson 1. The Romance Divas site is also where Robin posted her free story, Seniorella. It’s hawwwwwt!

I really recommend the Romance Divas site to all romance writers. It’s a fun site with lots going on. See you there!

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