Message from the President - April 2023 RWR

Where did April go? Here in New England the buds are budding, the grass is turning a vibrant shade of green, and the world is coming to life. Like with everything in nature, spring gives us the urge to deep clean and start fresh. All over social media, people are talking about cleaning out closets, sorting through clothes, and airing out their belongings. I know I have my own spring-cleaning list for the next month. Do you?

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News & Updates - April 2023

RWA's Policy Advisory Committee news and updates for April 2023.
Posted 4/12/2023

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Wrangling & Harnessing the Outline

Let the outline assist the creation of your novel

By Renee Carter
Posted 3/15/2023

You have a story in your head. It is time to apply gel pen to a new journal or fill a fresh document on your laptop.

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Critique Groups: Working Well with Others

How critique groups can make you a better writer and writing colleague

By Lynn Lovegreen
Posted 3/15/2023

Working well with others is a good skill for many professions, including writing. In this article, you’ll get ideas on how to work with a critique group to guide your writing and support other writers. I’ll also touch on how to form and keep a group together, and how to break it off when a group isn’t working for you.

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Chapter Spotlight: Mosaic CIM RWA

Highlighting RWA chapters

By Mosaic CIM RWA chapter
Posted 3/15/2023

Mosaic CIM Romance Writers of America chapter is a brand-new online special interest chapter. Literally, brand new. The ink is still drying on the paperwork! However, the goals and presence come from the previous chapter, Cultural, Interracial and Multicultural RWA (CIMRWA). Like CIMRWA, the goal is to provide a positive and supportive environment for RWA Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) authors.

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Pen to Paper Guide Spotlight: Patty Blount

Pen to Paper isn’t just a program; it’s a mantra

By Patty Blount
Posted 3/15/2023

Like most writers, I’d wanted to be an author since childhood. And, like most writers, I tried three or four (hundred) times to write a novel, only to give up after a few chapters because I had no actual idea how to complete a project. I’d lament to my family and they’d just shrug, having no idea what I was talking about, let alone how to help me solve my problems. One day at work, my boss commented that I never missed deadlines and had exceptional project management skills. If I could complete all of my work projects, surely, I could complete a novel project?

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A Touch of Darkness

How to write respectful and realistic physical contact with blind characters

By Annelise Knop
Posted 2/28/2023

Sparks fly even when you can’t see them. It’s been a pleasure observing the increasing inclusion of blind characters in books of all types as a necessary and potent reminder that we experience the full range of human experiences, too. It’s good to see blind heroes, blind villains, blind makers and movers and leaders, and lovers. It’s been a pleasure, but also painful.

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The Power of Word of Mouth

Fifteen ways to achieve word-of-mouth publicity

By Jan Yager, Ph.D.
Posted 2/28/2023

I remember when I first experienced the power of word-of-mouth advertising (WOM). It was a year after my book Friendshifts was published by my small press. My best friend called to tell me her daughter was in church, and the reverend gave a sermon on “friendshifts,” which he said was inspired by a book he had read.

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Chapter Spotlight: Los Angeles Romance Authors

Highlighting RWA chapters

By Saharra K. Sandhu, LARA President
Posted 2/28/2023

Welcome to the Los Angeles Romance Authors (LARA) chapter of RWA.

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Chapter Spotlight: Alaska RWA

Highlighting RWA chapters

By Lynn Lovegreen
Posted 2/28/2023

Hello from the Alaska chapter of Romance Writers of America, also known as AKRWA! We are a small but mighty group of romance writers who live in Alaska or enjoy hanging out with Alaskans. Most of our meetings and activities are virtual, so distance is not an issue. Our members write in several different romance subgenres, from contemporary to paranormal, historical to YA, including aspiring and published authors. We address both the craft and the business of writing in our programs.

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Taming Your Ego in Critique Groups

How to value feedback from your critique group

By Tenesha L. Curtis
Posted 2/28/2023

Critique groups can be great. You meet new people, learn about different genres and styles, and get feedback on your own work. However, hearing unpleasant feedback can be painful and jarring. Though some are larger than others, we all have an ego. And when it gets bruised, we can begin to feel severe self-doubt and embarrassment. But there is hope! By remembering the following ideas when participating in any of your critique groups, you can reduce some of the uncomfortable feelings you have about hearing criticism of your work. With a little practice, you can rein in your ego so that you get to reap the benefits of getting varied, constructive feedback on your manuscript.

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