I started reading this series as a break from my normal romance fare. I’d hoped it would teach me some things I could use in my own writing. And, well, my mother and sister both raved about the series and had it on hand to loan to me…
I did learn some things from the series. Not as much as I’d hoped, but it did cleanse the mental palette a bit for me after reading so many romances.
Perhaps more will sink in with time. In the meantime, here are a few things that I either learned or knew and were further confirmed:
- Humor is a double edged sword. If I find something funny, I’m hooked. If the humor falls flat, so does my interest. Humor also doesn’t seem to age well.
- Show Don’t Tell. This author does it very well. When she does describe things, it’s very evocative. You really feel like you’re there.
- Pacing. Keep the action moving.
- Characters make the story. Have fun with them. Let them be a little crazy. It makes them relatable.
- Romance is important. Even in non-romance novels. And while not part of the main plot, it still must be handled with care.
I am hoping to return to the series in a few months and see what I think of it then. A part of me worries I read too much of it too quickly. As with so many things, time will tell.