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JUST DESSERT: why a whole book can’t be a happy ending with Damon Suede

We read romance because we want the happy ending – we want the hero and heroine to end up together. But you can’t rush it, you can’t make the path too easy with shortcuts on craft. Damon […]

STUXNET: ANATOMY OF A CYBER WEAPON by Adam Firestone

RU’s resident weapons expert ADAM FIRESTONE returns with a post that will make you wary of flash drives, computer worms and cyber attacks. Stuxnet is widely described as the first cyber weapon.  In fact, Stuxnet […]

Anna Campbell on Writing the First Kiss

Historical author Anna Campbell pens some of the best love scenes in romance, so who better to give us pointers on the all important first kiss?  Great to have you back, Anna! Hello, Romance University […]

Anti-Heroes: Why Devious is so Delectable by Heather Webb

Author and RU contributor Heather Webb talks about the allure of the anti-hero, the guy you want to hate and yet can’t stop thinking about… I don’t watch much TV. In fact, I binge on one […]

Hit the Ground Running! (Grabbing an Editor’s/Reader’s Attention With The First Line)

Help me welcome author Sedonia Guillone who is a published author in LBGT and erotic romance. Today she’s going to tell us how to take our first line from boring to BODACIOUS! One of the […]

Anatomy of an Edgy YA Heroine with PJ Sharon

Author PJ Sharon joins us today to share her secrets to writing an edgy YA heroine. Anatomy of an Edgy YA heroine Thank you so much for inviting me to share with your readers today. Let’s talk […]

How to Choreograph Direct Action Scenes by Adam Firestone

Weapons expert and literary consultant Adam Firestone became a regular RU columnist shortly after presenting an all-day writers’ workshop hosted by the Ohio Valley RWA chapter.  In this interview, flashing back to 2012, we asked Adam about a […]

Sonali Dev: Why Backstory is the Spine of Your Story And How to Use it to Make Your Story Stand Tall

Backstory. The word strikes terror into the hearts of writers learning their trade, but backstory doesn’t always wear a black hat. Longtime RU follower and soon-to-be-published author SONALI DEV shares some insights on backstory that […]

Jo Robertson on Revision with Diction and Syntax

Author Jo Robertson visits the RU campus today with an excellent post on the importance of sentence structure and word choices.  Welcome back to RU, Jo!  One of the greatest tools in the author’s arsenal […]

Pucker Up: Writing the Kiss That Makes Readers Melt by Anise Rae

In scientific terms, a kiss is the anatomical juxtaposition of two orbicularis oris muscles in a state of contraction. But in romance, a kiss is conveys emotion and so much more. Today’s Visiting Professor, author Anise […]

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