Craft of Writing

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Happy Valentine’s Day! (With offerings other than chocolate…)

TweetA romantic Valentine’s Day doesn’t always result in happily-ever-after because we can’t control every aspect of our lives. But as a writer, you’re the master of your story’s universe. You devise the plot, create the characters, […]

Editor Nan on Comma Usage

Let’s Talk Commas When it comes to comma usage, how many of us reach back into our memories to ninth-grade English class? What was it that your teacher told you about when to use a […]

On Lover’s Lips by Staci Troilo

TweetWriting is hard, and writing a kissing scene is even harder because as romance writers and readers, we know it’s a pivotal point in the story.  First time Visiting Professor Staci Troilo joins us today to […]

Organizing Your Novel with Laura Drake

TweetWhether you’re a plotter or panster, keeping track of the whom, what, why, and where in your novel can be problematic. RU Contributor Laura Drake shows us how she streamlines the process.  Learning your writing […]

Make Your Story Richer with In-depth Knowledge of Your Characters by Reese Ryan

TweetIt’s a manic Monday and my Word program isn’t cooperating, so here’s a post from the RU archives written by author Reese Ryan.  Whether a story is plot-driven, or character-driven, so much of its success […]

Jane Austen, Regency Romance, and Me by Kyra Cornelius Kramer

TweetKyra Cornelius Kramer and I have been Facebook friends for a long time. When she relocated to Wales about a year ago, I started following her adventures via an email subscription to her blog. She’s […]

How to Cope with Anxiety and Overwhelm using Fractals by Nina Harrington

Betcha thought we’d lost our marbles. Fractals? Romance writing? Carrie, you’ve gone over the deep end! Hang on, before you send me to the rubber room read Nina Harrington‘s post first! Imagine that you are […]

Writing Indoor Scenes by Rayne Hall

TweetGood morning! RU Contributor Rayne Hall is back with her first post of 2017. Does the action of your novel sometimes play out indoors? Here are some suggestions to enhance those scenes. Give the reader […]

Emotional Depth – Putting the Spark in Your Story by Rachael Thomas

Tweet Good morning! Please welcome back Harlequin author Rachael Thomas. During my journey to publication I was told my work lacked spark. At the time it baffled me. What was this magical spark and how […]

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 […]

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  • Mar 24, 2017 Staking Acclaim: the Hidden Punch of Pull Quotes by Damon Suede
  • Apr 5, 2017 The Devil's in the Details - by Staci Troilo
  • Apr 7, 2017 Writing Captivity Scenes - by Rayne Hall

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