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Food and Fiction by Jennifer Crusie

TweetToday’s post originally appeared on Jennifer Crusie‘s blog, ARGH INK, on May 22. It is reprinted here with her permission. (Our originally scheduled guest blogger, Jaime Saare/Aline Hunter, will join us later in the summer.) […]

Tracking Time in Your Novel – by Laura Drake

TweetGood morning! Today, RU Contributor Laura Drake discusses how to establish your story’s time line. It seems I’m always confessing in my blogs. I’m not sure I want to know what that says about me, […]

Can’t We All Just Agree to Agree? Part 1 by Nan Reinhardt

Editor Nan is up to bat again–this time with subject-verb agreement. Next time, she’ll tackle pronouns and antecedents–fun! Agreement is always a good thing, right? Well, pretty much, but most especially when it comes to […]

The Dos and Don’ts of Dialogue Tags by Ryan Lanz

Tweet Happy Friday! Ryan Lanz joins us today for a discussion on dialogue tag use (and abuse). Writers use dialogue tags constantly. In fact, we use them so often that readers all but gloss over […]

First Line = First Impression by Donna MacMeans

TweetI first met Donna MacMeans at Lori Foster’s Reader Author Get Together in Cincinnati. I remember it particularly because everyone was talking about a new release called THE EDUCATION OF MRS. BRIMLEY. I was new […]

How to Write a (Romance) Blurb by Rosalind James

Welcome Rosalind James in her first blog post for RU – and it’s a doozy! =) As some folks know, I spent my misguided youth—all right, all right, my misguided middle age—as a copywriter. Which […]

An Easy Way to Create Conflict in Your Novel by Janice Hardy

TweetAuthor and blogger Janice Hardy has an inimitable way of explaining things. Today, she tackles the role of conflict in a story. Read on. One of the first posts I ever wrote for RU (way […]

Goal, Motivation, and Conflict with Joanne Dannon

Tweet Author Joanne Dannon joins us today for a discussion on one of my favorite subjects, GMC. GMC is an acronym for Goal, Motivation and Conflict, and is the foundation for good books. I wish […]

Veronica Scott: The Importance of Cover Design

Tweet RU Contributor Veronica Scott starts the week off with an in-depth discussion on book covers. Welcome back, Veronica! “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” said George Eliot in The Mill on the Floss. […]

Splices and splits and filters, oh my! By Claire Davon

TweetNote from Becke: I’m a lifelong grammar geek, but that doesn’t mean I have all the skills. Back in middle school, my parents bought me a small framed image from a vintage English book illustrating […]

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