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Nice Is The New Sexy: Creating a Swoonworthy Beta Hero By Elizabeth Harmon

Welcome back to Elizabeth Harmon with her post on Beta Heroes! The nice guy doesn’t always finish last! =) Larger-than-life, wealthy, commanding, the Alpha hero is the fantasy man woman dream of.  With the recent […]

Create Characters Your Reader Will Care About – by Liz Fielding

Tweet Author Liz Fielding joins us today with a stellar post on creating characters.   Romantic fiction is character led. A plot, a story is important, but unlike a thriller, where the hero or heroine […]

How to Develop Any Idea into a Great Story – by Susan Saurel

TweetA big RU welcome to first-time Visiting Professor Susan Saurel! Ideas are funny things. Sometimes you have so many that you could never hope to follow up with them. At other times, you’re so stuck […]

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 […]

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