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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.

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

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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

Magic

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.

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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

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

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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

The 10 Commandments of Fiction Writing

Guide your writing ways with these 10 rules thou must not break.

by Raymond Obstfeld
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Nora Roberts

Telling the story is the most important element when Nora Roberts begins a new romance novel. Read more

How to Break the Rules & Get Published

If you stay true to your voice, this successful romance writer says, you’ll find those rules aren’t etched in stone. Read more

Romance Markets

Just a sampling of the many opportunities that exist for you the romance writer. Read more

Women’s Fiction Forecast

Is chick lit on the way out? Don’t bet your Blahniks. Instead, the genre has branched out into surprising new arenas, offering great opportunities for aspiring novelists—and even nonfiction writers. Read more

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