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Advice for Keyboard Athletes—How Olympic Psychology Can Work for Writers by Tessa Shapcott

Did you watch the Olympics? Glued to the screen or just watch the highlights? Either way, Tessa Shapcott shows us how you can use the same training the Olympians use, and bring it to your […]

Indie Publishing And The Book-of-My-Heart by Leigh Duncan

Leigh Duncan‘s legions of fans are familiar with her Harlequin romances, but may not be as familiar with her recent venture into indie publishing. Leigh’s last post with RU resonated with so many people, we […]

Tackling the Synopsis by Rachael Thomas

TweetWhat is it about a synopsis that makes most writers panic? Author Rachael Thomas outlines the basic elements of a synopsis and shares tips on her approach.  When I began my writing journey the word […]

Imperfect Words: The Unfathomable Power of Placeholders by Damon Suede

Welcome Damon Suede with his latest and greatest post – placeholders! Do you use them? Despise them? Damon’s here to tell us why they’re GREAT! Sing O Muse of the Glory of Placeholders! Praise be […]

Coming Unstuck by Becke Martin Davis

  RU’s Becke Martin Davis discusses sticking points today. The Oxford online dictionary’s informal definition of “coming unstuck” is to become separated or to fail completely. Sounds like a bad thing, right? Maybe not. When […]

BE The Dude by Laura Drake

TweetThe characters you’ve created have distinct personalities and their actions and emotions should be true to their character. Author Laura Drake’s post, with excellent examples, illustrates this point.  I have Margie Lawson to thank (yet […]

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 […]

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