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Are Your Stakes High Enough? with Janice Hardy

Today, we welcome back author and blogger Janice Hardy, who explains why raising the stakes in your story ultimately rewards your reader. Great to have you with us again, Janice!  Stakes are a critical part of […]

Loucinda McGary presents: The Basic Ingredients – The 4 elements you need in addition to the HEA to write good romance.

Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’ Diary are two romances set in different time periods with heroines who are polar opposites. But like all romances, they share the same basic components. Author Loucinda […]

Deepening Motivation and Plot in Historical Fiction with Marci Jefferson

Welcome debut author Marci Jefferson! She’s going to give us a few hints about plotting and deepening motivation in a historical – read on! As an avid reader, I enjoy almost any historical novel. And […]

7 Ways to Create Conflict in Your Novel by Janice Hardy

How do you engage the reader and keep the pages turning? Conflict. We welcome back author and blogger Janice Hardy who shares her tips on creating the most important element of a story.  Great to […]

That Throwaway First Book with Ally Broadfield

Oh man . . . most of us have that first book that sits on our computer or under our bed that will never see the light of day. Right?  The key to success is learning […]

What Makes a Book Great with Susan Meier

I finally got to meet Susan Meier at RWA Nationals this year and not only did I get to have lunch with her but I also didn’t fangirl all over her (just barely).  With 52 wonderful books […]

Writing When You’re Under The Gun with Handsome Hansel

If you’re a writer, you know all about deadlines, pantsing and getting your story in under the wire. Here’s  Handsome Hansel of Dance of Romance with his just (and I mean JUST) under the wire […]

5 Writing Tips From Da Vinci’s Demons with Joanna Penn

I am tickled pink to welcome Joanna Penn from The Creative Penn. I’ve subscribed to her blog for years – she has brilliant tips and articles for writers. Five years ago, I got rid of […]

Three Ways to Make Your Villains Come to Life with Valerie Parv

I’m just thrilled to welcome author Valerie Parv to Romance University today! Her book, The Art of Romance Writing, was the first craft book I purchased. Welcome Valerie! When you’re writing, it’s easy to fall […]

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: The Art of Writing Dialogue with Maria McKenzie

Help me welcome Maria McKenzie to Romance University! Today, Maria gives us wonderful tips on writing dialogue. Think of your plot as a blank linen canvas stretched  over a stiff wooden frame, and your dialogue […]

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