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    How to Write a Romance Novel, Romance Writing

    If you’re trying your hand at romance writing, one of the most popular fiction genres, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find information on developing a dynamic, engaging heroine, her perfect lover, and the conflict that separates them.

    Steve Berry’s 8 Rules of Writing

    Bestselling thriller writer Steve Berry says there are eight key rules that all writers must know and follow. Read more

    Don’t Use Adverbs and Adjectives to Prettify Your Prose

    Learn how adjective and adverbs create redundancy and promote lazy writing and see how you can make your writing direct, vivid, and descriptive without making your readers want to get rid of your book.

    by William Noble

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    Opening Scenes: An Overview

    Read Chapter 2, Opening Scenes: An Overview from Hooked Read more

    November is National Novel Writing Month

    NaNoWriMo’s Chris Baty shares five tips for writing your book in a month.

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    Fiction: Point of View

    How many times have you heard this around the workshop table: “Why don’t you consider a new point of view?” (Actually, the term used more often is “POV” because it sounds a lot cooler, I suspect.) Everyone then agrees that a new POV might help matters, including the writer, who knew something was wrong and is now relieved to have a likely suspect.
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    Principles of Building a Story

    Read "Principles of Building of a Story" from From First Draft to Finished Novel. Read more


    Karin Fuller’s "Magic" took first place in the Romance category of the 2008 Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. To read the grand-prize winning entry and other first-place finishers, click here. Read more

    Falling Leaves

    William Rausch’s "Falling Leaves" is the grand-prize winner of the 2008 Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. To read more about Rausch and other category winners, click here. Read more

    Bulllies, Bastards & Bitches

    With Jessica Page Morrell’s Bullies, Bastards & Bitches, you’ll be able to tap into your story’s dark side by creating realistic and memorable anti-heroes, villains, antagonists, and difficult protagonists. Read more

    Defining and Developing Your Anti-Hero

    Anti-heros are the bastards of fiction—those bad guys readers love to hate and hate to love. Find out whats makes a memorable anti-hero tick in this excerpt from Bullies, Bastards & Bitches by Jessica Page Morrell. Read more

    The Four Commandments of Writing Good Sentences

    If you want to write a good sentence, don’t pay any attention to your grammar. I don’t mean “a sentence this like OK is.” I mean don’t automatically think you’ve written a good sentence just because it’s grammatically correct. Lots of bad sentences are grammatically correct. Some of these bad sentences might even be yours.

    by Bonnie Trenga Read more

    Challenging the Limits of Memory

    In this excerpt from Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach teaches you how to pay attention to and translate your memories and how to overcome your resistance to remembered places and events. Read more

    Publish Your First Book After 50

    Who says publishing is a young person’s game? Here are an agent’s tips for writing and publishing well into your golden years.

    By Scott Hoffman
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    The Popular Fiction Report

    What’s hot in Mystery/ Crime, Romance, Horror, Thriller/ Suspense and Science Fiction/ Fantasy? Find out in this comprehensive genre-by-genre market report.

    PLUS: A breakdown of fiction sub-genres and their definitions. Read more

    Prose Primer

    The building blocks of effective prose are simpler than you think. Read more

    On The Edge: The Power of Titillation

    Now that the erotica trend is climaxing, writers—and readers—are wondering what constitutes erotica and what that label really means. Read more

    A Plan for Creating Great Fiction Ideas

    Examine Marshall’s steps to guide you through the novel-writing process. Read more

    How to Break Out of a Writing Slump

    When the words aren’t coming, explore your other passions to replenish those creative juices. Read more

    How You Can Write Your Heart Out

    Your best writing comes straight from the heart, filled with truth, imagination and passion. Write Your Heart Out helps you better capture these qualities and use writing as an ongoing means of self-discovery and self-expression. Click below for suggestions about joining or starting a writer’s response group to receive valuable feedback and perspective on your writing Read more

    5 Tips To Polish Your Fiction

    5 Tips To Polish Your Fiction Read more

    Chick-Lit Rebel

    Melissa Bank, bestselling author of The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, has been called a chick-lit pioneer, but she has something to say about being labeled. Read more

    A Tip From Maeve Binchy

    “Write as you speak,” says Maeve Binchy, author of Tara Road (Delacorte) Read more

    Looking at the Bright Side

    Beloved chick-lit author Marian Keyes believes there’s no shame in a happy ending. As someone who’s seen her share of the dark side, she’s earned a happy ending of her own. Read more

    Story Checklist for Romance Novels

    You Can Write a Romance combines the skills of award-winning author Rita Clay Estrada and renowned instructor Rita Gallagher, the esteemed “First Ladies” of the Romance Writers of America. Together, they”ll show you how to take your story from idea to completed manuscript to signed book deal — even if you”ve never tried to write a novel before. Read more

    Writing on Instinct: Nicholas Sparks

    “I can’t explain it, but I know if a scene is right or wrong. I know it. It’s a visual thing—it’s how the words look on the page, it’s how the sentences sound. Read more

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