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Monday, August 1, 2011


“Great Karma”

A friend sent me an e-mail for “Great Karma”. The very first thing on the list was: Take into account that great love and great achievement involve great risk.

This statement had me staring at it and not pushing the button to go on. This is so true in life and in how a writer should go about thinking about a story.

Risk and love-

In life, you give your love to someone but that doesn’t mean it will be taken and you can end up shattered when it’s thrown back in your face.

In a story, you want one or both of your characters to be fearful of committing to the other or loving them- it makes great conflict, but it also makes them vulnerable a trait everyone can relate to and root for.

Risk and Achievement-

In life, everyone struggles to achieve something whether it’s getting out of a wheelchair and they risk falling or they’ve put money into something, or you’ve put all your emotions into a book and you’re looking for an agent/editor/ good review. Risk is something that is always knocking on the door and you can either hide from it and never try to achieve anything or do your best and hope the risk pays off.

In a story, risk is what keeps the story moving forward- it’s the momentum that keeps the character charging to the end and if all goes well they achieve their goal. It may not be the one they first started out wanting, but they end up finding out the risk was worth the reward or sacrifice.

That is the process for writing a great romance. What books have you read lately that the hero or heroine took a risk to love the other?

In my spirit trilogy the spirits risk all they've believed in for season upon season when they fall in love with a mortal.


Wife, mother, grandmother, and the one who cleans pens and delivers the hay; award winning author Paty Jager and her husband currently farm 350 acres when not dashing around visiting their children and grandchildren. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

Paty is a member of RWA, EPIC, and COWG. Wild Rose Press has published nine of her books. Perfectly Good Nanny won the 2008 EPPIE for Best Contemporary Romance. She edited for an e-publisher for four and a half years and teaches workshops at conferences, writers meetings, and online.

You can learn more about her at her blog:; her website: or on Facebook:!/paty.jager.



Chelle Cordero said...

Im my opinion, the greatest risk in love is trusting someone totally because that makes you totally vulnerable. But when you love and trust, and that trust is warranted, it's a beautiful thing.


Cate Masters said...

What a wonderful post Paty. Thanks for the inspiration!

Lynne Marshall said...

Hi Paty!
I am so impressed with your bio! Wow, you really are living the life. Nice to meet you.

As for conflict, I get restless when the h/h are skipping through the tulips too early on in the book, unless it's obvious that something huge is about to pull them apart. Yeah, I guess that's a little sadistic. Overcoming odds and taking risks are the meat of the story. IMO.

Recently I finish Kristin Higgins book - My One and Only. The hero took a huge risk loving the heroine, and he got torn up bad!

I enjoyed your blog.

Mary Vine said...

Life is all about risk isn't it? I recently took a risk moving out of the area where my family lives. So, we all relate to risk in some way which makes us love the risks taken with our h/h. Thanks for the inspiring post.

Vanessa A. Johnson said...

Hi Paty, your farm soinds loke a great writing haven too. Grest writing tips too.

forums said...

Yes to the quote--and that it expands to our careers as well. Beautiful covers!


Diana Mcc. said...

I really like your post Paty. To Trust someone completely with no reservations and have that trust recipercated, is awesome! The most recent book I read where trust was an issue is "Awaken the Highland Warrior", a time travel by Anita Clenney.

Erin Aslin said...

Hi Paty,
An amazing quote – relates to all the aspects of our lives.
Thanks for confirming!

Caroline Clemmons said...

Paty, love is always a risk. Trust is harder for some than others, and love involves trust.

Great post.

Sue Perkins said...

I love your covers, especially the one with the stag. They're the type of cover that makes me want to read the book. Very interesting blog post, however do you manage to fit everything into your busy day?

Sarah Raplee said...

Wonderful post, Paty! Loved the quote.

shadow_kohler said...

Great post! I enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing!