Wednesday, February 9, 2011

From Woman's Day - Life Lessons from Romance Novels

This Woman's Day article written by Denise Schipani got my attention.

In her article, Schipani discusses seven life lessons readers can learn from modern romance novels.

I believe a few of these lessons also apply to being a writer. Of the seven, these three call out at me: authenticity matters, listen to your gut, and never give up.

* As I writer, I want to be authentic and passionate about my writing. If I don't believe in myself and my work, who else will?

* I try to take time and listen. I've learned that inspiration can come from anywhere or anyone, but I have to let myself be open to it and follow my intuition.

* Like love and romance, writing is not for the thin skinned. Rejections hurt, but they can be badges of honor and a way to connect with other writers.

How about you? If you read the Woman's Day article, do any of the seven life lessons apply to your writing?


  1. I haven't read that, Donna, but you are so correct about your findings. Great post!! Thanks for the inspiration...We all need heaps of that, don't we?!

  2. I like the bit about being open - you never know from whom or from what or from where that next great idea is going to come. :)

  3. I haven't read the article but your take seems dead on. I do try to look at things upside down occasionally, you know, different view point :)

    I'm handing out blog love today, please stop by and collect a little ;)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  4. I didn't read the article, but I heartily concur with your choices!

  5. I haven't read the article, either, but the ones you picked out certainly apply to us writers.

  6. Hi Becky,
    Thanks. Yes, we do need inspiration.

    Hi Madeline,
    How true!

    Hi Jules,
    I stopped by yesterday. It was a fun post.

    Hi Carol, Conda, and Janet,


  7. These are so relevant to writing. I especially like #2, to take time to listen for inspiration. And I'd add, to see it. I find a lot of my writing inspiration through the camera lens, it's a wonderful writing tool.

    I clicked over from WOW, enjoyed browsing here!

  8. Hi Joanne,
    Thanks. Goodadvice about taking time to look as well as listen.


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