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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 […]

There’s No Business Like Show Business with Audra North

I know that when I write, my scenes play out in my head like a movie. I always thought it was just my little quirk but Audra North shares with us today a perfect way […]

A Matter of Timing: Positioning Your Major Plot Points Within Your Story by K.M. Weiland

Timing is everything. The familiar words might be a truism, but that doesn’t make them any less true. Today’s guest K.M. WEILAND gives us a quick refresher on the importance of timing in story structure. […]

Beating the Sloggy, Saggy, Soggy Middle with Heather Webb

RU contributor and editor Heather Webb returns with fantastic advice on tackling the muddling middle of a story.  Hello, Heather! Something horrible happens when I hit the middle of a first draft. The middle is just…the […]

Make a Scene! or, Why Scenes Should Be Seen and not Heard – Miranda Liasson

Please welcome Miranda Liasson, winner of this year’s Golden Heart in Contemporary Series Romance. She’s going to talk to us today about building scenes. Scenes work hard. Really, really hard. Like cells in the body, […]

The Need for Speed with Elisabeth Staab

I don’t exactly remember how Elisabeth and I became friends but she’s one of the constant friends in my writing life. A fellow Washington Romance Writer, we might write different sub-genres but we can both […]

How To Write Sex Scenes When You’re a Prude with Misha Crews

Okay – I chuckled when I received Misha’s title – I’m no prude (if you’ve read my books you know that already) – but I’m always looking to find new ways to improve the craft […]

Tools Not Rules with Donna Cummings

Welcome one of my favorite people Donna Cummings. Donna’s writing career is starting off with a bang – I am SO happy for her! =) It’s really easy to get hung up on rules. They […]

A Different Kind of Format Issue – Ask an Editor with Theresa Stevens

Good morning, RU Crew! Today, editor Theresa Stevens is back with another manuscript critique submitted by an RU reader.  Hello, Theresa! This month, we have two pages of a manuscript which was submitted without commentary. […]

Conquering Your Fear of the Semi-Colon with Editor Theresa Stevens

Do you rewrite sentences just to avoid using a semi-colon? Editor Theresa Stevens explains the proper usage of the semi-colon, narrative compression (what’s that?), and the importance of creating a likeable character as she critiques another RU reader submission.  Welcome, […]

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