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Jennifer Tanner

Jennifer Tanner has written 320 posts for Romance University

Writing Battle Scenes by Rayne Hall

She’s back! Rayne Hall returns with a battle plan for tackling battle scenes. When the plot calls for a battle – for example, in a historical romance novel – many writers are at a loss […]

Easy? I wish… by Virginia Heath

TweetThinking about writing category romance? Well, you’re in the right place because author Virginia Heath joins us today to talk about her experience on writing category romance for Harlequin Historical. I write what is termed […]

Tackling the Synopsis by Rachael Thomas

TweetWhat is it about a synopsis that makes most writers panic? Author Rachael Thomas outlines the basic elements of a synopsis and shares tips on her approach.  When I began my writing journey the word […]

BE The Dude by Laura Drake

TweetThe characters you’ve created have distinct personalities and their actions and emotions should be true to their character. Author Laura Drake’s post, with excellent examples, illustrates this point.  I have Margie Lawson to thank (yet […]

Writing Black Moment Scenes by Rayne Hall

TweetRU Contributor Rayne Hall returns with a primer on writing the crucial black moment.  Most novels have a ‘Black Moment’ when all seems lost before the main character resolves to try again and rallies all […]

Adding Stage Business to Your Story by Veronica Scott

TweetPlease welcome back author Veronica Scott. Today, Veronica talks about the difference between creating dialog for your characters and giving them direction. The players in your stories have dialog, they have action, but have you […]

Finding the Balance Between Hooking Readers and Setting up the Story

TweetPlease welcome back author and über blogger Janice Hardy.   There’s a lot of conflicting advice about writing. Common wisdom says to start with a bang and hook your readers right away, while other views say […]

Bump in the Night by Jacqui Jacoby

TweetWho doesn’t love a good thriller? But writing one involves more than out smarting the bad guy, and author Jacqui Jacoby tells us why.    I never set out to be a thriller writer. I […]

If You’re Reading This, You’re Probably Into Books – by Melanie Brockmann Gaffney

TweetContinuing our Brockmann/Gaffney Week (or two days, anyway), today’s guest is MELANIE BROCKMANN GAFFNEY, sister of Jason Gaffney, daughter of Ed and Suzanne. Her topic is one of my all-time favorite things: BOOKS! If you’re […]

So You Want to Write a Military Romance by Heatherly Bell

TweetWhy are military romances so popular? Author Heatherly Bell joins us today with a discussion on writing military heroes and the various research methods employed by military romance authors. Great to have you back, Heather!  […]

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