Title: Love 101: Learning To Love
Series: Mistaken Identity #2
Author: Sylvia Hubbard
Genre: Erotic Noir,
Publisher: Self Published
Prudish school teacher, Cheyenne, loses a bet with her students and is forced to wear her student's uniform.
On the same day, she meets the devilishly gorgeous Evan Crane who is desperately lost and needs "assistance" getting home. Fighting his attraction to who is think is just a high school student, Evan finds he needs her help.
Deciding to take advantage of his weakness and her own mounting attraction to him, Cheyenne kisses Evan.
That's when her plan to just tease the stranger becomes a chance for her to live out her own reckless fantasy.
Yet, when the tables are turned and she reaps what she has sown, Cheyenne has to make a choice to forgive Evan and overcome her own fears or miss out on the most perfect love any woman could ever have.
Sequel to Love 101 (included in Prologue) and the continuing saga of Mistaken Identity series.
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I want to thank Sylvia for agreeing to write up a guest post for us. Take it away Sylvia...
Your protaganist's Conflicts: Drama, Deterrents & Damned!
Definition of Conflict: The struggle within a plot between opposing forces.
I learned about conflict when I first entered college.
You see I always equate the dumb things I’ve done in life to learning experiences in my writing.
In college, I did a lot of dumb things.
I mean, I guess I was supposed to because I was away from my parents, on my own, hanging with wild and crazy people and loving every second of it.
So there, I got my “experience” in at that time, but I also learned about conflict.
In conflict, I learned during the midst of the worst, it’s really hard to see the silver lining and sometimes it feels like there’s no way out.
I felt like that a lot. All around me was drama, deterrents and situations so awful, one would just look at it and say, "Damn!"
So many conflicts, I really was blind to positivity, resolutions or a way out until I started writing seriously again.
That was after college.
In writing, I learned I could see things more clearly and see the end to the problems in my stories and in my life.
Writing saved me. Writing help me see.
I know that sounds strange, but it’s true.
On with the lesson.
In a writer's story as in life, the protagonist is usually going through several “conflicts” at the time.
No one ever goes through one problem at a time in REAL life, so you have to remember the list of conflicts your protagonist must go through.
Conflict can go :
1. against another person
2. against nature
3. against society
4. against machine
5. against God
6 against him/herself
In these general conflicts, various things can rage.
Like in the first Mistaken Identity book, Dana had a family conflict with her twin sister, the deception she was doing to her brother in law, and in the midst of the story she had a conflict with what society would deem as abnormal.
In the second book of the Mistaken series, Love 101, Cheyenne had a conflict with herself, with her job and and against society.
On a side note, I think I do a lot of stories where society will have a conflict with the decisions my protaganist will have to make. I think as a human being this makes life more interesting when you're not conforming to the rules or norms of what society has and living happy despite the conflict.
Now I usually don’t do more than three conflicts. I’ve seen where writers try to get all of them in to make the story longer, but I found with a great deal fo research length in a story takes care of itself.
Writers MUST resolve ALL conflicts protagonist has. Nothing gets a reader's goat when the all resolutions to the conflicts haven't been address.
I found the reader to be much happier when you do give resolution.
Writers, please do not end a story without doing so, or tell the reader it’s going to be in another book. If you’re an avid reader, as much as you are a writer, (which you should be) you ought to understand that can piss someone off.
(sorry for the language.)
Now in series, there are SOME exceptions to the rules, but that goes into a lot deeper explaination.
Oh-kay, that’s enough on the writing tip for the day.
I hope I've added something to help you understand conflicts whether you're a reader or a writer!
To help map out conflicts. I found this great chart about conflict:
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About the Author:
Sylvia Hubbard knew she’d wanted to be a writer of romance long before she knew there were black writers in the world. Weaving stories magically as a summer past time to writing stories to get through the humdrum of school, she was able to create something from nothing.
Today, she has independently published over 28 books, is the founder of Motown Writers Network and The AA Electronic Literary Network, CEO of HubBooks Literary Services, runs over five blogs on a variety of subjects, host The Michigan Literary Network Radio Show and is a happily divorced mother of three children in Detroit, Michigan.
“I’m no superwoman,” she states with a smile that seems infinite on her lips. “I’m just being an asset in the world instead of a liability.”
Considered an addicted blogger by HoneyTechblog.com, nominated and recognized for her literary work in the Metro Detroit area, referred to as “A Literary Diva” by Detroit City Council and donned “Cliffhanger Queen” by her readers, she finds solace in speaking and educating on a variety of topics.
Her subjects range from Social Media, Internet Marketing, Creative Intimacy, Single Parenting, Blogging, E-Books, Publishing (all aspects i.e.: writing, publishing, marketing & promoting online & offline), and personal triumphs with inspiration mixed in.
Never a disappointment, Sylvia Hubbard, has spoken in front of thousands all over the United States and Canada and has been an Amazon Bestseller.
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