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What Keeps A Reader Reading?

Posted on 2/8/2024

Chapter Spotlight: Hearts Through History

Posted on 2/8/2024
The Hearts Through History chapter of RWA discusses different aspects of the historical romance genre and how we as writers can further promote romance fiction.

One Question, Three Perspectives: How to Pitch Like a Pro

Posted on 2/8/2024
New to pitching—and perhaps even a little (or a lot) intimidated by the whole process? Join the club! But take it from me—there are tips and tricks that will help you polish your pitches like a pro. Matching what you have to offer with what edito

Writing Stupid

Posted on 2/8/2024
What’s your first thought when you see the title above? Do you think of being "freed" to write badly, to have "dreck" as a first draft, knowing it’s only your starting point? That you can make notes to yourself about “stuff” you don’t know, or pla

Message From The President - February 2024 RWR

Posted on 2/8/2024
In the February issue of the RWR, Clair Brett discusses the importance of diversifying your TBR list.

Voices Carry

Posted on 2/8/2024
Character dialogue. It’s a blessing for some writers and a bane for the rest of us. Like it or not, though, it plays a pivotal role in any and every story you create. What your characters say performs double or even triple duty, carrying essential i

What's The Problem? Or, Writing Convincing Conflict (Part 2)

Posted on 2/8/2024
Writing conflict can get us a bit conflicted ourselves at times, no? It can prompt occasional stints of hair-pulling. Our own, mostly. (It is to be hoped.) How does this happen? Several ways.

How to Write When You're Sad

Posted on 1/17/2024
One of the strangest things about being a romance writer is the need to write regardless of your mental state. Sure, everyone has to do their job when going through hard times.

What's the Problem? Or, Writing Convincing Conflict (Part 1)

Posted on 1/17/2024
When you start a story, you may have an intriguing “what-if” question, or a couple of characters who’ve walked up and demanded to have their stories told, or a premise that makes you itch to hit the keyboard. The good news is you’ve got a good star

When Heroes Must Swear: How to Keep Your Heartthrob Real Without Offending Readers

Posted on 1/17/2024
We live in a society where F-bombs are the norm. Men use cruder language than women. Naturally, we want our heroes to sound like real men on the page. But as authors of Romantic fiction, where do we draw the line?

Chapter Spotlight: Romantic Women's Fiction

Posted on 1/17/2024
The Romantic Women’s Fiction Chapter encompasses all subgenres of romance.

The Not Sexy, but Very Important Secret Art of the Novel Summary

Posted on 1/17/2024
From jacket copy, to website blurbs, to that all-important middle of a query letter, writing an effective book summary involves a special set of skills that don’t tend to overlap with writing a novel.

Show, Don’t Tell: A Fiction Writer’s Secret Weapon

Posted on 1/17/2024
Most writers have heard the advice, Show, Don’t Tell. But what does it really mean and how do we use it in our stories? Through study and practice, I discovered that this misunderstood tool helps my narratives connect with readers more deeply.

The Seriousness of Being an Artist

Posted on 1/17/2024
I don't know what it is to be an artist. I couldn't do anything substantial in my life. I can easily merge within a crowd. Not disturbing a speck of this universe. Do I know if my stay or departure affects this world? Other than my family.

Using Theory to Develop Character Dialogue & Behavior

Posted on 12/14/2023
A lot of things contribute to how your character’s talk and behave. There are many outdated stereotypes that go along with Alpha men and the submissive woman that do not always apply to today’s interactions within relationships. Looking toward evid

Chapter Spotlight: Northern Lights Writers of Minnesota

Posted on 12/14/2023
Northern Lights Writers was formed in 2002 by a group of women called “The North End Breakfast Club.”

Creating Memorable Plots and Characters Through the Five Senses

Posted on 12/14/2023
Have you heard? Neurologists say there are more than just five senses. Some list more than Thirty! A few examples: Your sense of balance. Hunger and thirst. The sudden need to find the ladies’ room.

Your Self-Publishing Checklist: From Word Document to Published Book

Posted on 12/14/2023
Feeling intimidated by the idea of self-publishing? Don’t know what to do or where to start? This checklist provides an overview of the steps you’ll need to take to transform your completed manuscript into a published book.

Message From the President - November 2023 RWR

Posted on 11/8/2023
RWA President Clair Brett shares her gratitude and thanks for the month of November.

Chapter Spotlight: New Hampshire RWA

Posted on 11/8/2023
NHRWA, the New Hampshire Chapter of RWA, was incorporated in 2002. We meet on the second Saturday of each month in the Bow, NH library.

What's Your Theme Song?

Posted on 11/8/2023
Have you discovered what your writing theme is? Notice I don’t ask what the theme of your work is. I ask what your own theme is. There’s a difference.

How to Create a Satisfying Character Arc

Posted on 11/7/2023
The most interesting stories often have characters who grow and change. This is a character arc. A character who changes is considered a dynamic character.

From Author to Screenwriter: Six Unwritten Rules to Land Your First Deal

Posted on 11/7/2023
Ever flirted with the idea of adapting one of your literary projects as a movie script? Maybe you’ve even taken a crack at screenwriting and aren’t quite sure what the next steps are to get your work seen by Hollywood decision makers.

Finding An Agent

Posted on 11/7/2023
Are you hoping to break into Traditional publishing? If the answer is yes, then you probably know your odds are better if you have an agent. Most traditional publishers do not accept un-agented submissions.

Four Tips to Help You Land a Publishing Contract

Posted on 10/4/2023
I’m the director and editor at Guts Publishing. Over the past five years, I’ve read thousands of submissions. I’m also a Publishing Coach. I help writers get publishing contracts. I would like to share with you what I’ve learned and my top four tips