Craft of Writing

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Conflict: Avoid the easy route – by Julie Sturgeon

TweetPlease welcome first-time Visiting Professor Julie Sturgeon. I always applaud authors who get the fact that a romance story in particular needs an internal conflict— a personal clash, a personality disagreement, opposite goals— to fuel […]

Cooking up the Culinary Mystery by Linda Wiken aka Erika Chase

TweetPlease welcome LINDA WIKEN, who also writes as ERIKA CHASE, to her first guest spot at Romance University! As regular followers of RU will know, our goal is to provide helpful information to writers – […]

Ever Wondered How Writing a Manuscript is Like Raising a Puppy? by Debbie Burns

Awww…who doesn’t love puppies? Debbie Burns has a surprising link between puppies and romance writing – read on! It might not seem like writing a romance novel has much in common with raising a puppy. […]

How to be Hooky with Rosalind James

Welcome back to Rosalind James with her latest blog on Hookiness. What is it, how to get it and how to make sure your readers love it! Hookiness. It’s what a good book is all […]

HOW TO WRITE AN EFFECTIVE HOOK with Trident Media Group Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb

Tweet Please welcome literary agent Mark Gottlieb from Trident Media Group.  I offer up this article on hook writing, also known as the elevator pitch, to lend the reader a feel for comfortable writing and […]

Write What You Want to Know by Vicki Delany

TweetMessage from Becke: I met Vicki Delany, who also writes as Eva Gates, at the fabulous MALICE DOMESTIC mystery conference a few years ago. There was a big gap in my knowledge of Canadian authors, […]

The Recipe for Romance Novel Ragù by Staci Troilo

Tweet The first time I invited Staci Troilo to guest blog with RU, I visited her website and learned that she was an award-winning recipe developer. We’ve exchanged a few emails since then, almost all […]

Putting it on the Page: How Your Personal Experiences Influence Character Development – by Paul Lonardo

TweetPlease welcome first-time Visiting Professor, author Paul Lonardo. Obviously, the one question I get most often as a male writing a story with a female protagonist is how I go about developing a character for […]

Plan: Read by Suzanne Brockmann

TweetWe’ve all heard the advice that it’s best not to read while writing, in case we somehow accidentally absorb details from our reading materials into our own writing. New York Times Best-Selling Author SUZANNE BROCKMANN joins […]

Speaking Martian on Venus by Becke Martin Davis

TweetToday’s scheduled guest was temporarily defeated by technology and will join us at a later date. In her place, RU Staffer BECKE MARTIN DAVIS ponders male and female POV – the whole “you say tom-ay-to […]

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