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8 Ways to Touch the Heart of Your Reader with Rose Scott

TweetMy guest today, Rose Scott believes every good writer should be a good reader. I’m betting our RU Writing crew out there agrees! Have you ever paid attention to what kinds of books move you […]

And Now a Word from the Copy Editor…Nan Reinhardt

TweetIsn’t it amazing the people you connect with on Social Media? Nan Reinhardt is just one of those people – a copy editor AND a romance author! Who better to write a post for RU? […]

Self-Confessed Bridezilla! with Amy Lynch

TweetWelcome to author Amy Lynch who (like most of us) used her own real life tendencies to write a charming story. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word Bridezilla as follows: A woman whose behavior […]

Come for the Murder, Stay for the Romance by Kathi Daley

Mystery and romance are my two all-time favorite book genres. When the two genres are combined, I consider it a win-win. Author Kathi Daley shares her take on blending the two, as she likes to […]

Writing Night Scenes with Rayne Hall

TweetRayne Hall is back with a topic I’ve never considered – writing night scenes. What makes these scenes different? Read on. Welcome Rayne! Do you want a scene in your novel to be especially intense, […]

Writing as a Southerner by Keri Ford

TweetI’ve known Keri Ford since she was a young whippersnapper.  I’ve always been intrigued by her “Southern-isms,” especially since she lives in Arkansas, and that’s where I was born. I might have shared her captivating […]

Motifs and Symbols and Themes – with Laura Drake

Good morning! Author Laura Drake returns to talk about how to incorporate symbolism in your story.  I love almost all literary devices, but the above are my favorites. I’m sure you heard of them, and […]

Repeaters, Replicants, and Restarts, Oh My – by Helen Henderson

TweetA couple of years ago, one of my critique partners pointed out that my character sauntered three times in one chapter. It was a good catch on her part because it totally escaped my notice. […]

Creating Compelling Characters by Kathy Stewart

TweetToday’s guest, author Kathy Stewart, discusses the elements of creating a memorable character. Welcome to RU, Kathy! Have you ever wondered what it is that makes a reader want to follow a character on a […]

Adam Firestone: I’m Sorry Ma’am, That’s Classified: Security Clearances and Classified Information Basics for Writers

Instead of his usual instructional posts on weaponry, today ADAM FIRESTONE lifts up the curtain on the shadowy world of secrets and classified information. (This post was originally published in March 2014.) If you’ve read […]

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