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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 […]

Three Parts, One Wish by Laurie Schnebly Campbell

Yay! Laurie Schnebly Campbell is with us at Romance University! I came “THIS CLOSE” to meeting Laurie this summer, which would have completely made my day. If you’ve never taken one of Laurie’s classes, sign […]

Revisions . . . Or Do I Have to Listen to That Darn Copy Editor? Nan Reinhardt

Oh boy, how many of you have ever thought YOU were right and your copyeditor wrong? Nan Reinhardt is here to tell us why that just might not be so… You’ve sent your editor what […]

How Not to Be Funny in Fiction by Harrison Demchick

TweetI’m excited to welcome back HARRISON DEMCHICK. The title of his post is self-explanatory–and, yes, you read it correctly. As the saying goes, dying is easy. Comedy is hard. The same applies to explaining it. […]

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 […]

Writing Relatable Antiheroes and Villains by Kayelle Allen

Help me welcome back Kayelle Allen – today Kayelle is giving us the low down on those no-good villains. Or are they no good? Read ahead and find out more! In any story, the most […]

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 […]

#AwkwardNotAwkward: Why I Couldn’t Wait to Write a Gay Sex Scene with my Gay Son by Ed Gaffney and Jason T. Gaffney

TweetIt’s always fun when the Brockmann-Gaffney family comes to visit! Ed and Suzanne, Jason and Melanie have created a literary and performing arts dynasty. Together and individually, they have brought us books, plays and movies. […]

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