Teaching the ABCs? #MFRW

I’ve been with the year-long Marketing for Romance Writers blog hop for over four months. By now, it’s become a weekly habit.  For this week, the writing prompt is:

Life Lessons in My Books

Good grief, where do I start?

First off, let me say that I used to be a teacher, but I quit.  Second, I write entertainment, not ‘capital L’ Literature. In other words, I don’t try to teach lessons.

Nonetheless, my books are always about an underlying issue. Sometimes I discover what that issue is as I write.  Often I’m not sure until after the book’s over.

But even thought a book might deal with an issue, I don’t consciously teach a life lesson: I ask questions, instead. Samuel Goldwyn said, and I agree, “If you’ve got a messagesend a telegram.”  

That said, here are the underlying questions from some of my books:

Click here to check out the cool romance writers taking part in this blog hop.  I’m sure you can learn a thing or three from them.



  1. Love the Goldwyn quote! (By the way, your post link isn’t on the Blog Challenge list this week…)

    1. Thanks for the reminder about posting the link. It’s there now, Robin.

  2. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    I love what you said about use to be a teacher and don’t set out to teach in your books. I think it clicked with your reply to my post that with a good writer the lessons appear naturally. Thank you so much! I learn more each week that sets me at ease to finish up my books.

    1. Rats! I just said I no longer try to teach and then you turn about and say how much you’re learning. Obviously I need to try harder not to teach!

  3. The running theme this week seems to be that none of us are out to change the world with our books. I guess we all have some sort of question we want our books to answer while we write them. Not necessarily to ‘teach’ anything, but more for the under current plot that helps move the story forward.

    1. Satires can teach and yet be effective books — I’m thinking of books like Catch 22 or Candide — but you end up with characters who are parodies, not real people.

  4. Themes. If the question had been ‘themes’ I probably would have understood the challenge a bit better. LOL And, I am also writing a Fantasy novel that totally tackles the Native American way of life on a distant planet. Fascinates the heck out of me. Great post, as always, Ed.

    1. It’s interesting how there are so many different interpretations of the blog prompts. My aborigines are a bit different in that they’re descendants of Northwest Coast tribes, who were very different than Plains Indians or Eastern Forest tribes that are more familiar.

  5. I too believe in writing entertainment and not literature- enjoyed your post!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Maureen.

  6. Enjoyed your post Ed:) I’m going to have to check out your Tampa Lee series and other books!

    1. Just be aware that the Trilogy of Tompa Lee is primarily science fiction with some romance. For science fiction ROMANCE, The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station or Alien Contact for Idiots might be better books to start with.

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