What Editors Wish Writers Knew

A content editor talks about the difference between a copy editor and a content editor

By Julie Cameron
Posted 5/31/2023

People believe writing a book is an easy thing to do, especially writing romance. People are still so quick to underestimate the romance genre.

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How to Write More and Faster in the Midst of a Busy Life

Tips to carve out time and help you get more words on the page

By Carolyn Rae
Posted 5/31/2023

Why write faster? You can meet deadlines. Your novel might fill the publisher’s spot of a writer who didn’t meet a deadline. Your novel may be noticed before a similar one because it was published first.

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Building a Character’s Backstory

Build your book’s foundation with backstory

By Timothy Robare
Posted 5/31/2023

Building a backstory for your characters can be the most enjoyable part—and the most frustrating part—of writing, depending on who you ask. Many writers get frustrated, and their minds become blocked. Frustration can be dependent on what kind of writer you are. I try not to plan too much before time; I am a writer of fluidity. For me, writing the backstory as it fits the story is the best way to do it. It does have its downside, though. Writing a backstory ahead of time can give you depth of your character.

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Message from the President - May 2023 RWR

I have a confession to make. I live in Northern New England, and my favorite season is not fall. I think fall is beautiful with the colors, and I do get that cozy cuddle in with a cup of tea and read a book vibe, but I don’t like the cold. So when winter comes, I hibernate; however, spring and summer have my heart. Spring and summer are all about renewal and action.

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Chapter Spotlight: Connecticut Romance Writers

Highlighting RWA chapters

by Kathleen Watson
posted 5/15/2023

The Connecticut chapter of Romance Writers of America has been providing quality programming since 1981. Like so many other chapters, they are slowly bouncing back from the pandemic, and although it has taken its toll, it has also helped the chapter forge a new path into the future.

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Chapter Spotlight: Dallas Area Romance Authors

Highlighting RWA chapters

by Anita Learned
Posted 5/15/2023

Dallas Area Romance Authors (DARA) had their first official meeting August 22, 1987, with Denise Little presiding. Their first meeting took place at the Crystal Palace Pizza Restaurant on Inwood Road in Dallas. Charter member Pepper Durcholz presented a workshop titled “How to Enter and Win Contests.” The first newsletter was titled The Rogue. Yep, you guessed it, a lot of members were writing historical at that time.

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The Value of Beta Readers

Musing of an indie author virgin

By Sydney Brianna
Posted 4/26/2023

Most of us have been there. You pour your heart and soul into a piece of literary work that takes you through the emotional gambit. Veritable blood, sweat, and tears pour into the curve of every letter, of every word, to produce this pinnacle of achievement. You may type “The End” to signify the ceremonious completion of this accomplishment, or you may allow it to linger, suspended in the ether until you finish the series and can finally lay the words to paper and mean it. Whatever the case, you have finished the manuscript, and you’re excited.

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Watch Your As…es

Beware causing time warps with as

By Janet W. Butler
Posted 4/26/2023

“Watch your as…es!”

Okay, stop laughing.

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Pen to Paper Guide Spotlight: Kathy L. Wheeler

Kathy L. Wheeler boosted her confidence while instilling it in others as a Pen to Paper guide

By Kathy L. Wheeler
Posted 4/26/2023

Which side of the wall are you standing on? The “I write regularly and finish what I start” side, or the “I write slow, labor over every paragraph, sentence, word—oh! I have another idea. This time I know I’ll finish” side?

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Thirteen Tips for Protecting Your Writing Time

Protect your most precious commodity: your writing time

By Romy Sommer
Posted 4/26/2023

Not everyone understands the time, effort, and focus that is required to write a book. Well-meaning friends and family seem to think that because we work from home, or we’re “just writing,” that it means we’re available and they can drop by to visit, interrupt with questions, or ask us to do them a “quick” favor that completely pulls us out of our story. Sigh.

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Chapter Spotlight: Coeur du Bois Chapter

Highlighting RWA chapters

by Kathleen Watson
Posted 4/26/2023

The Coeur du Bois Chapter of RWA, known as CBC, was established in 1991. The chapter was co-founded by Robin Lee Hatcher, RWA’s President from 1992 to 1994, and has members who’ve been with the chapter since the early days. They meet monthly in Boise, Idaho, for workshops, to share romance business updates, and member news.

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