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Out, Out, Damned Writer By Joanna Campbell Slan

Unlike groceries, that nearly always have sell-by dates, books have long shelf-lives. Authors, on the other hand, may occasionally feel themselves and their writing go a little stale. Today author Joanna Campbell Slan shares some tips on […]

Creative Research by Veronica Scott

TweetVeronica Scott, award-winning author and SciFi Encounters columnist for USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog, discusses her various research methods and explains why info-mining and plotting go hand-in-hand.  Even when the world you’re writing about […]

Making Love Last: Is it a Fairy Tale? by Brenda Novak

Romance readers and writers don’t need Valentine’s Day to make them think of romantic topics, but the heart-themed holiday does kind of aim an arrow at love and marriage. About a week ago, best-selling author […]

Boundaries of Imagination by Jacqui Jacoby

TweetUnicorns shed their horns in early fall and vampires hoard Twinkies. I’m not an authority on unicorns or vampires but who is? Today, author Jacqui Jacoby shares her research tips on researching the paranormal. Welcome back, […]

Adam Firestone: I’m Sorry Ma’am, That’s Classified: Security Clearances and Classified Information Basics for Writers

Instead of his usual instructional posts on weaponry, today ADAM FIRESTONE lifts up the curtain on the shadowy world of secrets and classified information. (This post was originally published in March 2014.) If you’ve read […]

Georgia Hill presents: Live It! Write It!

Choosing a location for your story is part of the writing process. Today, author Georgia Hill shares her technique on selecting a setting and shows us why locale is more than just a postal code.  […]

Military Romance 101 – More than Tales of Soldiers and Sailors by Willa Blair

Our Visiting Professor today is award-winning historical author Willa Blair. Welcome to RU, Willa!  It’s Veterans Day Although November 11 was once known as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of WW1, in 1954 President […]

4 Methods for Creating Character Names by Ryan Lanz

TweetFor the past few months, I’ve been following author Ryan Lanz on Twitter. I especially enjoy his blog, A Writer’s Path, which covers a wide range of writing-related topics. Ryan has generously allowed me to […]

Fieldwork That Fortifies Your Novel by Lauren Monroe

Getting your facts right adds authenticity to your story.  Author Lauren Monroe shares tips on research and tells us why accuracy matters.  Welcome to RU, Lauren!   Writers work with ever-present anxieties: Stray punctuation. Pressing deadlines. […]

The Myth of the Ladies’ Gun by Adam Firestone

Today’s post is a replay of a 2013 post by RU’s resident weapons expert ADAM FIRESTONE. The internet has been full of accounts of parental displeasure over the proliferation of Pepto Bismol pink in girls’ […]

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