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Pacing Can Make or Break Your Story with Maggie Toussaint

TweetHappy Friday! We’re running an old post on pacing by author Maggie Toussaint.   If you’ve written a book, you have more than a passing familiarity with editing. However, many authors focus their editing on big […]

Use the ordinary to create the extraordinary by Julie Anne Long

TweetI’m excited to welcome one of my favorite authors, JULIE ANNE LONG! I first got to “know” Julie through her historical romances. Now her contemporary romances have joined her historicals on my keeper shelves. Scroll […]

Jane Austen as a Literary Influence by Marilyn Brant

TweetI’m excited to welcome back the fabulous MARILYN BRANT! Many thanks to Becke for inviting me to visit Romance University! It’s wonderful to be back here, especially during the Month of Love :). I first […]

Getting on the Roller Coaster by Jeanne Adams

TweetI’m excited to welcome back author JEANNE ADAMS – check out her redesigned website here. Jeanne also blogs with the fabulous Romance Bandits! See below for details of Jeanne’s GIVEAWAY. The killer opening line. The […]

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 […]

Veronica Scott presents: Where Does Your Story Actually Begin?

TweetA story starts on page one, right? This post by author Veronica Scott will make you think about where your story really starts… Welcome back, Veronica! Where does your story actually begin? “Once upon a […]

Readers’ Choice: On the Power of Set Pieces and Whammos by Damon Suede

TweetIn another not-to-be-missed post, Damon Suede teaches us about “set pieces and whammos” and how they can make or break your story. A set piece can refer to anything from an action-packed chase to a particularly sexy seduction or […]

What Lies at the Heart of Suspense? by Katia Lief

Becke says: I love to read romance, but long before I discovered the romance genre, I fell in love with mysteries. In particular, I’m hooked on suspense and thrillers like those KATIA LIEF writes.  I […]

Plotting: The Flow of Your Story by Houston Havens

TweetHave you ever had a severe case of writer’s block? Well, maybe the problem is something you hadn’t quite realized yet… Houston Havens tells us more! As a successful traditional and self-published author, I’m asked […]

Janice Hardy presents: The Big Push to 50 (Thousand Words, That Is)

What happens every year after you’ve tossed out the Halloween pumpkin and eaten all the good candy? Nanowrimo. Janice Hardy shares pointers on how to streamline the chaos.  Tomorrow starts the first day of the unofficial […]

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