Characterization

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Give Your Heroes Some Help: Supporting Characters Lend a Hand by Barbara White Daille

Secondary characters play an important role in a story and Harlequin author Barbara White Daille tells us why. One randomly chosen commenter will win a signed copy of The Cowboy’s Little Surprise. (U.S. residents only.)  Welcome […]

Girl on Her Own Horse by Ines Johnson

Please help me welcome first time VP Ines Johnson! After a computer snafu on Monday, Ines’ post is FINALLY making it on RU! =) Have you been paying attention to the evolution of the Cinderella story? If […]

Breaking Heroines to Break Heroes with Sarah M. Anderson

Sarah M. Anderson joins us again to delve into the issue of creating realistic conflict without breaking our hero in two. Recently I was reading a romance for a contest (no, I’m not going to tell you which […]

Rie Warren presents: Sometimes a Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl

The term alpha male is ubiquitous in the romance genre. We’ve read about alphas and their six-pack abs and thousand mile stares, but these traits are just window dressing without in-depth character development. Today, Rie Warren […]

Creating Likable Characters by Heather Webb

I’ve talked a lot about characters here at RU (see my articles on Character Motivation, Action, & Goals and Character Renewal a.k.a. Character Arc), and as far as I can tell, it’s a favorite subject […]

Weekly Lecture Schedule – January 26th to January 30th

Romance University was founded on May 9, 2009 with the goal to provide resources and support for writers. Over the past week, RU was listed among the 100 Best Websites for Writers 2015 by The […]

Writing Mystery with JoAnne Myers

Thank you JoAnne for stopping by to get us started writing a mystery. Writing Mystery-by JoAnne Myers Before writing a word, take some time to jot down key story points. As you’re writing, the story will […]

Missed Connections: How Characterization Creates Chemistry by Harrison Demchick

Please welcome author Harrison Demchick, developmental editor at The Writer’s Ally – this is his first time with us at Romance University.  Let’s face it: You know when two characters aren’t clicking on the page. This […]

Guardians of the Galaxy Powered by the Character Arc with Corrina Lawson

Happy 2015, RU Crew! Author Corrina Lawson talks about character arcs in movies and how you can use these examples as tools for character development in your stories. Welcome to RU, Corrina! Guardians of the […]

Essential Elements of Writing Romantic Suspense with P.A. DePaul

I love a great romantic suspense, so when P.A. said she’d come by and spill her secrets  . . . I jumped and booked her right away. Welcome P.A.!! I absolutely love Romantic Suspense, both […]

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