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Does Your Series Tell a “Bigger Story”? by Susan Spann

Help me welcome author Susan Spann. Today Susan is going to tell us about the “Bigger Story” – writing the arc that spans a series of stories. Enjoy! Harry Potter. Jack Reacher. Laura Ingalls. From […]

JUST DESSERT: why a whole book can’t be a happy ending with Damon Suede

We read romance because we want the happy ending – we want the hero and heroine to end up together. But you can’t rush it, you can’t make the path too easy with shortcuts on craft. Damon […]

How to Choreograph Direct Action Scenes by Adam Firestone

Weapons expert and literary consultant Adam Firestone became a regular RU columnist shortly after presenting an all-day writers’ workshop hosted by the Ohio Valley RWA chapter.  In this interview, flashing back to 2012, we asked Adam about a […]

Layering Multiple Tropes with Lea Nolan

Lea Nolen is a fab YA author but with her latest release she enter the world of category romance and she’s here to teach us the way to layer tropes for maximum impact! Thanks so much […]

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 […]

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