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Power-up World Building through Point of View with Anna Steffl

I’m happy to welcome Anna Steffl to the RU campus. Anna shares her tips on enhancing setting, description, and character development through POV. One randomly chosen commenter will receive an e-book copy of Anna’s Solace […]

Braiding Your Story with Laurie Schnebly Campbell

Grab yourself a cup of coffee and snuggle up next to your computer/smartphone/laptop and read this excellent article by my favorite VP – Laurie Schnebly Campbell. What makes a story braided? At first glance that […]

Writing Epic Love Stories with K.M. Weiland

If you haven’t discovered the talent and savvy of K.M. Weiland – you are in for a treat today! Writing Epic Love Stories Of all the story types, the love story is perhaps the most evergreen. After […]

Organize Your Writing Project(s) via a Spreadsheet by Stacy McKitrick

When I first met Stacy McKitrick, we were both unpublished writers and members of the Ohio Valley chapter of RWA. Stacy has left me in the dust, with her second book scheduled for release on […]

Keeping it Simple — Guidelines for Writing Novellas by Barbara Monajem

Indirectly, Jennifer Crusie introduced me to Barbara Monajem. When I first started writing fiction, my go-to site (besides RU, of course) was the Cherry Forum. (Avid Crusie fans go by the collective name, “Cherries.”) It’s […]

Creativity, Writing, and the Ever-Changing Face of Publishing by Marilyn Brant

I first discovered Marilyn Brant‘s books several years ago, and I’ve been hoping to meet her in person ever since. I’m kind of stalking her – I moved to Chicago and joined her local RWA […]

Chasing a Character to Find the Plot by Adite Banerjie

Author Adite Banerjie joins us today to share her process on writing a character driven story.  Welcome back, Adite!  I have often been accused of writing stories that are plot-driven. And I plead guilty as […]

In Praise of Slower Writing with Maggie Bolitho

We live in a hurry up world. But should that apply to your writing? Author Maggie Bolitho on quality over quantity.  Welcome to RU, Maggie! When my first box of books was delivered this year, […]

Setting—It’s More Than The Name of a City with Kat Cantrell

A big thank-you today for Kat Cantrell who’s filling in for Handsome Hansel on super short notice. Her post below on setting is a definite keeper! One of the greatest inventions of the last ten […]

Does Your Series Tell a “Bigger Story”? by Susan Spann

Help me welcome author Susan Spann. Today Susan is going to tell us about the “Bigger Story” – writing the arc that spans a series of stories. Enjoy! Harry Potter. Jack Reacher. Laura Ingalls. From […]

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