To Pen Name or Not to Pen Name

To Pen Name or Not to Pen Name

Hi everyone!

I’m back for good from my blogging break. And I can’t think of any other way say to welcome back than this:

As for my first post back, today’s post is a “To or Not to’ where I pose a question for readers and writers alike to answer. So far, we’ve spoken our thoughts and feelings about prologues. Also the love triangle trope and romance subplot in novels. Continue reading

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To Prologue or Not To Prologue

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Welcome to this third segment of “To or Not To!” If you’ve been following my blog than you know that this post is an ask and answer. I put out a question to readers and writers about a certain topic. The previous two were about romance and one of its many tropes, the love triangle. I asked how you felt about including a romance plot in a story. And how you felt about love triangles.

Well in today’s post we’ll be discussing prologues. Love them or hate them? If you run a search online you’ll find a bunch of results about how publishers and agents feel about them.

They. Do. Not. Like. Them.

So what’s a prologue? A prologue is a prelude of the story that offers background information. So why is it liked about as much as that annoying cousin you dread meeting during the holidays? Continue reading

Paving My Author’s Road Top 10 of 2016

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Well 2016 has come to an end and in 40 hours to be exact. And whoa, it has been a rocky year. Okay, more than rocky. The Nice and Berlin bus massacre. The death of Prince, Harper Lee and Professor Snape. Yes I know the actor’s name playing Snape is Alan Rickman. But he’ll forever always remain in my mind as the flawed, despised and misunderstood Professor Snape.  

Yes, 2016 wasn’t so great a year. But it did have some good things too. Like the Chicago Cubs finally winning the World Series. The premiere of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie released last month. And to be presumptuous some inspirational and educational blog posts by yours truly. Top 10 to be exact, from least to greatest views on Paving My Author’s Road blog.

So which posts made my top ten this year? Let’s start off with #10:

10) My About page

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To Love Triangles or Not to Love Triangles?

 

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s day! Of course, showing your love for your significant other, friend or family should be an everyday thing. Although there’s nothing wrong showing a little extra tender loving care on Valentine’s day. Commercialism of the day be damned.

And in honor of Valentine’s Day,  today’s post, a follow up of a previous post, is a new series I’ll be featuring on my blog from now on. A series inspired by Prince Hamlet’s phrase “To be, or not to be.” Where as Hamlet is contemplating death and suicide. The series will contemplate specific story lines and tropes instead. And asking readers and writers their personal views about it.

In To Romance or Not to Romance?, I asked readers and writers about romantic story lines. For example, historical fiction and historical romance are two different type of novel genres. You can’t not have romance in a historical romance. But a romantic story line in a historical fiction, doesn’t make it a historical romance. The romance is not the core of the story but a narrative thread. A side or sub plot. Continue reading