Plot/Structure

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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 […]

Nerds Unite! Plotting is Awesome! With Vanessa Knight

Calling all plotting nerds! You’re going to want to read Vanessa Knight’s post on plotting – it’s a real eye-opener! Some call me particular, some call me detail-oriented and others (you know who you are) […]

Party fèves: the charms baked into the batter with Damon Suede

Do you have books that have grabbed your because of one line? A scene? The way an author depicts a setting? Those little gems are what keep you riveted in the story and keep it on your mind […]

Using Proverbs to Boost Character and Plot Development with Jean Murray

Jean Murray joins us to show that an oldie but a goodie – a proverb – can help us create books that captivate readers. The pen is mightier than the sword ~ Using proverbs to boost […]

Writing In a New Genre with Robin Covington

What I learned from writing in a new subgenre I normally write category length contemporary romance and I love it. The modern setting is comfortable and the issues that couples face today is full of […]

Don’t Ignore the Incidental Character with Nancy Weeks

I love secondary characters – they add so much to the story when used well. I love this post by Nancy – it highlights the most impactful ways to use them to draw your reader […]

The Organized Pantser with Joya Field

I thoroughly enjoy Joya’s books and I cannot imagine that she writes by the seat of her pants - they are so well-plotted. I used to think that is was because she was magic but now I […]

Category, Single-titles and Plot Structure, Oh, my! by Adrienne Giordano

RU co-founder and multi-published author ADRIENNE GIORDANO tackles a subject sure to make pantsers break into a cold sweat – plot structure for a shorter length novel. While attending a luncheon last year I had […]

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 […]

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