The strength of a bald Samson #MFRWauthor

Once again, I’m joining a blog hop run by Marketing for Romance Writers (MFRW). For those new to my blog, yes, I’m a guy, and yes, I write romance. I’ve written for Silhouette, but these days I write science fiction with romance and humor.


This week’s writing prompt is:

My greatest strength

Several years ago, I heard Debbie Macomber speak. While I’ve forgotten most of what she said, one thing stuck with me, which is roughly “Some authors are natural wordsmiths and others are natural storytellers.”

There’s little doubt in my mind that being a storyteller like Ms Macomber is the way to go. For my next incarnation, I want to be a tale spinner who instinctively grasps the big picture (the story) but perhaps struggles with the small picture (the words used to tell the story).

After all, if the story’s great, who cares if the prose is a tiny bit clunky? (I’m thinking of you, James Patterson, Isaac Asimov, JRR Tolkien, Philip K Dick, Lindsay Buroker, Robert Heinlein, et al.)

Conversely, if the story is pedestrian, who cares how beautiful the description of the sunset is? (I’m thinking of a snore of literary novels.)

Unfortunately, I am by nature a wordsmith. Gorgeous prose and quirky, creative sentences? Not a problem! Thinking of the perfect little detail that brings a scene to life? Can do!

A story worth reading to the end?

Well, I’ve had to work at that. I like to think that after fifteen published books I finally understand how to plot a compelling book … but it’s taken work. My career would have gotten much further much faster if I’d learned the big picture trick sooner.

Hmm. I just realized that since next week’s prompt is My Greatest Weakness, I could recycle this post for next Friday. Think I should?

Click here to enter your link and check out the writing processes of other fine romance writers in this blog hop.



  1. I am not a wordsmith. I would love to find a mix of the two somewhere along this journey. When I read books and come across lines that I stop and think are great I get the instinctive wish to be able to write like that.

    It sounds like you’ve reached that point, so yay for that. Better late than never right? So what if it took you 15 books to get there, the point is you got there. 🙂

    1. A blend of the two approaches is something to strive for, Meka.

  2. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    Great post Ed! I have my stories but getting them on paper is my challenge

    1. I know what you mean … though for me the challenges is more applying bum to seat.

  3. If you are a natural wordsmith and can make me “see” the scene, I’ll likely think you’re telling a great story even if you don’t think you are. Like Meka, I read passages in a book and wish I could write that well, so kudos to you! (And, I think you should recycle the article next week, lol).

    1. If I recycle the post, will I get paid twice?

  4. Recycle awhile. Time is precious and any tricks to sneak a few extra minutes here and there is a gift. Kudos to you for being a natural wordsmith. My search for that perfect word can slow down my writing. As a slow writer… Good post.

    1. I tend to think of the perfect word of the perfect emotional reaction for my characters as I’m falling asleep. At least I think that’s when it happens. I don’t remember too well because I’m asleep.

  5. I think my strength is my dialogue…I tend to focus more on what people are saying rather than what’s going on around them.

    1. That’s an excellent writing skill. Without good dialogue, it’s hard to brings either scenes or characters to life.

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