Asrai Devin

Kiss me, and you will see how important I am.” ― Sylvia Plath

April 7, 2017
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It Was Always You

Ben and Selene’s relationship is complicated. Related by marriage, family by choice and luck. They were more than friends, but less than lovers. Selene was everything pure and good in the world. She was love and light. She was his … Continue reading

November 25, 2015
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The beautiful real-life setting for my latest book “Love in the Wild” (free to all newsletter subscribers)

Where She Belongs is finally available everywhere you can get digital books and via Createspace. You can find details on the book page.   Can Gabe convince Shanna that she is meant to stay with him and run her father’s … Continue reading

February 23, 2015
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What I am working on

Bree bit her bottom lip. She turned to Bryce, her boyfriend, the love of her life. Her manager. It was time for brutal honesty. It seemed like they held disdain for her feelings and thoughts, leaving her needs utterly neglected. … Continue reading

February 24, 2013
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Argh Grr and my brain

I’ve been tossing the idea around of stringing together some short stories with the hockey couples, Kip and Many; Kyle and Serena; Corey and Nicole; Amy and Scott; Doug and Sophia. These characters are good friends of mine. Anyway, I … Continue reading

June 18, 2012
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Relationship tips from stories

I was writing the post on “Who’s your hero?” and it occurred to me there some tips to learned from a good romance character. 1. Stop trying to fix who they are. We picked our partners because we loved who they were, … Continue reading

June 14, 2012
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What’s the hold up: eye colour? srsly?

I was writing along, dropping in bits of backstory while I worked them out. Then realizing i was dropping too much story because I was figuring it out. And then I got stuck. What did I get stuck on? What … Continue reading

June 11, 2012
by asrai

Who’s your hero?

I’ve fallen in love. With a character. I have to confess, and if you’ve been around here before  you’ll know, I am obsessed with the Dragon Age storyworld. Both Origins and Two (which they should have given a name, not just a … Continue reading

May 31, 2012
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Conversations with the Muse

So we (the muses and I) came up with this wonderful idea. This wonderful world where people with kind of ESP started a war to take over the world, or the government (it’s not really Earth based) at least. But … Continue reading

April 10, 2012
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Larry Brooks of Storyfix wrote this post about how to position yourself to go viral, inspired for him by reading about the success of 50 Shades of Grey.

His idea was that the book succeeded because it allowed the reader to live vicariously through the main character.

And if I think about the videos, books and video games I have loved, that is part of what I loved about them.

A few examples:

Dragon Age: Origins (video game). You are the main character. You speak as the MC, you make her decisions (and the game can change based on your decisions). Basically, you are in the driver’s seat, feeling and thinking all these things. It’s like transporting a story to paper dolls in front of you.

The Kimberly Cole video audition where the alter-ego of Nathan Barnett, über nerd Keith Apiary takes part in the audition and everyone LOVES him. He’s not just a comedian, the dude, despite all appearances, can dance.

Why we love it: because we all feel like the nerd or the odd person out in the room at one time or another and we’ve all wished we could pull out something über cool like these dance moves and win the approval of the all the people, we believe, are judging us.

50 Shades of Gray or Twilight or any romance where the heroine was flawed, majorly flawed, but manages to win the love of the “Prince Charming” hero.

Why we love them: 50 Shades of Gray, while I haven’t read it, the idea of being tied up and pleasured by a hot young man, well hell, that is of course appealing, and if he’s rich all the better. Especially if he picks the shy little college student. But romance in general, we all want to be loved. When the main character has some sort of flaw, an imperfection, we can identify with her. Perfect people are boring.

Hell, who doesn’t want a man like Edward, who worships the ground we walk on? I know that would get annoying in real life, but fiction is about escape.

What have you seen/read/played that has drawn you in and made you live vicariously through the main character? Have you found this in your own writing?

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March 12, 2012
by asrai

Writing Romance

I have loved love every since I can recall. As a child, pre-teen and teenager I was obsessed with wondering what falling in love felt like. How would I know if I fell in love, dying to fall in love. … Continue reading

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