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June 2024 Romance Writers Report

Inside This Issue

Plus, the New Members, Debut Authors, and Chapter Contests & Conferences columns!

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Deep POV: The Importance of Perception in World Building

By Romy Summer
Posted 6/20/2024

About a million years ago, when I was still bright-eyed and naïve and killing time until I could get into film school, I did a semester of philosophy at university. I had no clue what philosophy was really about or what kinds of crazy ideas I was opening myself up to – but it turned out to be mind-blowing for eighteen-year-old me. Sadly, after all these years, there’s only one thing I still remember from that course: Renaissance philosopher René Descartes’ theory of perception. He’s best known for originating the famous saying, “Cogito, ergo sum” (I think, therefore I am), but, for me, the bit that has stuck with me through the years is how he reached that famous conclusion.

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The Writer As Reader — Can This Marriage Be Saved?

By Janet W. Butler
Posted 6/20/2024

More often than not, writers start out as avid readers. We read something wonderful, something that transports us out of our everyday existence, and we want to give that feeling to someone else — or just plain enjoy it again and again ourselves. (As Benjamin Disraeli so elegantly put it, “When I want to read a good book, I write one.”)

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Message from the President - June 2024 RWR

A June love letter and thank you note to all those who have done the hard things that created a space for those who came after.

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Chapter Spotlight: Southern Magic Chapter

Spotlighting RWA chapters
Posted 6/20/2024

Hello from the Magicians of Southern Magic! The Southern Magic chapter (#178) is based in Birmingham, Alabama, and was established in December 1997. Our name is derived from the nickname for Birmingham, “Magic City,” which the city earned because of its growth between 1881 and 1920. We strive to promote excellence in romantic fiction through educational opportunities to improve both our members’ writing and their marketing skills. Those educational opportunities include everything from individuals sharing their experiences to more formal workshops with experts in various fields.

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Write Your ‘Destination Romance’ TV Movie Script Today!

By Scott Kirkpatrick
Posted 6/20/2024

Picture it: an ‘almost’ first kiss exiting a charming Italian gelato shop; a flirty meet/cute in a French vineyard; or an unexpected secret romance with a Royal Prince (travelling incognito of course) on the beaches of a tropical paradise.

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Chapter Spotlight: Valley of the Sun Romance Writers

Spotlighting RWA chapters

By Cathy McDavid
Posted 5/15/2024

Valley of the Sun (VOS) became an Arizona RWA chapter in 1994, and like many organizations, we grew comfortable with a format that worked for us. Yes, there were some changes over the years, but not a lot. Then, one day, everything suddenly changed — locally, nationally, and worldwide, leaving VOS, like many RWA chapters, with a loss of members and struggling to hold regular meetings. Our regular meeting location abruptly closed one day without notice and a mere month before the entire nation shut down.

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Message from the President - May 2024 RWR

Clair Brett shares her president's message for the May RWR addressing marketing and mental health awareness.

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Finding the Right Editor

By Emily Keyes
Posted 5/15/2024

Finding the right romance editor can feel overwhelming, especially with the advent of freelancing platforms like Google, Upwork, Fiverr, and Guru. How do you choose between candidates? How do you evaluate their skills and figure out if they’re the best editor for your book?

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Beyond the Sheets - Characters Body Language Beyond Steamy Scenes

By Renee Carter
Posted 5/15/2024

Axle rubs his chin. From that movement we know the main character is deep in thought, puzzling through a dilemma. As writers, a key component in the development of realistic characters is the use of body language.

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On the Shoulders of Giants: Some Thoughts on Mentorship

By Annie R McEwen
Posted 5/15/2024

Eddie Cantor said it takes twenty years to make an overnight success, but that’s probably because he didn’t have an RWA Mentor.

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