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As you might guess, she is often the former or in some cases current! In many books, the E. Are there ways to make the E.
Well, why does she have to be evil all the time? After all, what does it say about the hero if he consistently dates or hires evil women? Surely he should have better taste than that, not to mention common sense.
Also, keep in mind that many readers hate the E. In that book, Lady Barbara Fitzhugh appeared to be the mistress of the hero, but the truth is much more complex, and thus makes a better story. In most books, she is no longer on the scene. Like Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca, she may even be dead.
However, she still influences the plot because she was an evil manipulative grasping nasty get the picture? His ex-wife was evil, so all women must be evil, and he must remind the poor heroine of this at every turn. Rebecca was a classic.
So what sets most of these books apart from Rebecca? Well, for one thing, while Max DeWinter is haunted by his marriage, he doesn't hate all women because of his experience with Rebecca. Though he and his wife sometimes have their share of tense moments, he doesn't spend the entire novel accusing her of having an affair with his estate manager, Frank Crawley.
Like Daphne Du Maurier, inject your heroes with inner strength, common sense, and personality. That way, they will be people both your heroines and your readers can easily fall in love with.
Evil Relatives Romance heroes and heroines can face nasty, evil relatives ranging from manipulative overbearing mothers to avaricious stepbrothers.
It's hard to imagine how they can cope with living in such dysfunctional families, yet they put up with these Relatives from Hell for years, or at least until they end up in the plot of a romance novel. Most unbelievable of all are the heroes and heroines who have lived with these evil relatives for all their life and yet never realized they were greedy, deceitful, or even psychotic.
That smacks of the TSTL too stupid to live character. Evil relatives can be a powerful part of a romance plot. A heroine who is bullied or coerced by a greedy relative can quickly gain read sympathy -- we all understand what it feels like to be in that position.
However, relatives who exist for nothing else but to make the plot move along and have no personality are like empty boxes of chocolate -- they look great until you realize there's nothing inside.
Ask yourself if your evil relatives have to be so very evil. In real families, good people clash, but that doesn't mean that one side or the other is necessarily evil. Even if you decide to put evil relatives in your story, that doesn't mean they can't be interesting.
Evil relatives deserve love, too. The Country Mouse Theme This is a cute name for an often annoying story -- one that is very prevalent in series romances. Almost always, it goes like this: The heroine lives in the city, but she visits the country and meets the rough-hewn hero. Eventually, she learns to like the country or small townand he learns that she is nothing like his ex-wife, who deserted him for the big city the moment she got dust on her black pumps.
There are several reasons this plot often falls flat, and many of them involve big misunderstandings. On top of that, these stories are rarely about the true version of rural America. They are, instead, about a pastoral wonderland where the neighbors are either cute, eccentric yokels or cruel gossips.
They never acknowledge the real problems of modern day rural life, and to make matters worse, "city folk" are also painted with a broad brush.Business-speak. The fact that the jargon of the business world is often annoying is the least of its problems.
If there’s one trait business writing needs to have, it’s clarity—which is the trait most business jargon phrases completely lack.
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Avoiding clichés What is a cliché? or areas of activity (such as sport, business, or politics), as demonstrated by the two examples above. What’s wrong with using clichés? This guide on how and why to avoid cliches is taken from our Writing Skills section on the premium version of Oxford Dictionaries Online.
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