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Emotional Depth – Putting the Spark in Your Story by Rachael Thomas

Tweet Good morning! Please welcome back Harlequin author Rachael Thomas. During my journey to publication I was told my work lacked spark. At the time it baffled me. What was this magical spark and how […]

Getting on the Roller Coaster by Jeanne Adams

TweetI’m excited to welcome back author JEANNE ADAMS – check out her redesigned website here. Jeanne also blogs with the fabulous Romance Bandits! See below for details of Jeanne’s GIVEAWAY. The killer opening line. The […]

Why Are Series Romances So Popular and What Makes for a Great Series? by Renee Vincent

TweetAuthor Renee Vincent is one of the hardest-working people I know. In addition to taking care of her kids and horses, she is always hard at work on her next book or her next series. […]

In the Beginning by Becke Martin Davis

TweetIn the course of a would-be writer’s career – and I count myself in that category – we quickly learn our strengths and weaknesses. I learned that I suck at beginnings. I write and rewrite […]

Jo Robertson on Revision with Diction and Syntax

It’s the last day of the RU hiatus. Carrie, Becke, and I are clearing out the complimentary toiletries in our hotel rooms at the Connaught, while Adrienne, Kelsey, and Tracey are eyeing the last petit four […]

Donna MacMeans – Creating Characters for the Keeper Shelf

Tweet Good morning and Happy 2017! The RU staff is still on hiatus, but we thought Donna MacMean’s post from 2012 would be a perfect topic to start off the New Year.  Have you ever noticed […]

Five Things to Consider During Revisions with Loucinda McGary

As writers, writing means rewriting. Today’s post from the RU archives, written by author Loucinda McGary, addresses points to ponder when you’re revising your story.  In the past six years, I’ve judged a lot of […]

Storyboarding – Not Just for Plotting Anymore with Joan Swan

TweetIn the spirit of Throwback Thursday, here’s a post from 2012 on storyboarding by author Joan Swan. Typically, storyboards are used in conjunction with plotting, but never fear pansters, that’s not what I’ll be talking […]

Janice Hardy presents: Five Ways to Describe Emotions Without Making Your Character Feel Too Self Aware

Tweet  We’re on hiatus this week, but we’d like to share a few of our most read posts. Here’s one from 2013 written by author and blogger Janice Hardy.  Emotions are critical to making a […]

Writing Magic Scenes by Rayne Hall

TweetRU Contributor Rayne Hall returns with points to ponder on structuring magic scenes.  Does your story have a mage, a wizard, a sorcerer or a witch cast a spell? Here are some tips how to […]

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