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Time To Wake Up.. Medieval Style!
Barbara Gaskell

All right—take a deep breath and open your eyes. I have bad news for you. You have woken up 500 years into the past, and it is now the year 1480. Don’t faint—this is going to be fun. But it’s not going to be easy.

I was reading a historical romance one evening when, in exasperation, I nearly zapped the book out of my iPad right there and then. Not because it was badly written. Nor was it boring.Rather, it annoyed me that for the umpteenth time, the author described her hero as having wide/broad shoulders. Now, how often is it necessary to do that?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In "Love's Labour's Lost", Shakespeare expressed a similar sentiment, "Beauty is bought by judgment of the eye". You've probably heard these types of sayings a thousand times before, but do you understand the true value when it comes to writing descriptions? Most blogs or articles on writing give the usual advice about description.

Thank goodness for e-readers,” a friend said to me the other day.“Because they’ve revolutionized the publishing industry? Or because they’ve made it easier to carry and dip into a book anytime, anywhere?” I replied.“Neither,” was her response. “Because now I can read steamy fiction without anyone on my commuter train knowing about it and judging me.” Judging. Hmm.

Yesterday morning I thought I'd do something nice for my book…so I sent out my press release to almost a dozen newspapers around my area, hoping someone will pick up my story and run with it. I know this sounds a little intimidating to novice writers (and perhaps a few not-so-novice ones as well.) Press releases sound like terribly official and extremely elevated forms of publicity.