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Plotting Through with Robin Gianna

There are no shortcuts from the first page to The End, and if you’ve written yourself into a corner more than once, you may want to heed the advice of today’s guest, author Robin Gianna.  […]

S.T.A.N.D. and DELIVER by Cynthia Tennent

Welcome to author Cynthia Tennent who’s here to tell us how to make your book even better with S.T.A.N.D and DELIVER! My Kindle is littered with the carcasses of dead samples. At one time or […]

Family First by Author Susan Sey

I’ve been thinking about family lately. Mind you, this is nothing new. I like to think about family. I like to write about family, too. There’s a lot of good stuff in there–romance, conflict, tragedy, […]

Breaking Heroines to Break Heroes with Sarah M. Anderson

Sarah M. Anderson joins us again to delve into the issue of creating realistic conflict without breaking our hero in two. Recently I was reading a romance for a contest (no, I’m not going to tell you which […]

Dialogue in Historical Fiction with Nicola Cornick

An eighteenth century hero wouldn’t say everything’s groovy nor would a modern day heroine likely be described as missish. So if you’re writing historical fiction, how do you convey a sense of period to your […]

Burning Up the Pages…and the Sheets – An easy guide to combining short story structure with super-hot sex by Rie Warren

Lately, I’ve noticed that our posts on writing love scenes and sexual tension are among our top trending columns. With that in mind, I’m excited to welcome Rie Warren to the RU campus. Using a three-act […]

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 […]

7 Ways to Create Conflict in Your Novel by Janice Hardy

How do you engage the reader and keep the pages turning? Conflict. We welcome back author and blogger Janice Hardy who shares her tips on creating the most important element of a story.  Great to […]

What Makes a Book Great with Susan Meier

I finally got to meet Susan Meier at RWA Nationals this year and not only did I get to have lunch with her but I also didn’t fangirl all over her (just barely).  With 52 wonderful books […]

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 […]

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