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Deepen the Reader’s Connection to Your Character – by Laura Drake

Tweet Yes, RU is on hiatus but because of a lapse in communication on my part, I’m posting this column on creating empathetic characters (with excellent examples) written by author and RU contributor Laura Drake.  […]

Emotion in Your Story by Lori Wilde

When Romance University asked me to write their final blog before they go on hiatus, I was beyond honored. But then I was struck by the terror of the blank page. What was I going […]

Why Setting Can Make — Or Break a Book by Donnell Ann Bell

One of my favorite quotes is by Russian Writer Anton Chekhov who wrote, “I don’t need to know everything that’s in the room, I only need to know what I need to know is in […]

You Love ‘Em, You Hate ‘Em – by Laurie Schnebly Campbell

TweetStop eyeing the Halloween candy and check out today’s post with RU Contributor Laurie Schnebly Campbell.  What are you supposed to do when someone you generally get along with, like or even love does something […]

3D Attraction and How to Make it Work for Romance by Laura Stapleton

An author friend of mine posted a photo of Jason Momoa as Aquaman and asked about our attraction levels to him. Great image and he’s gorgeous. But, he didn’t have the same zing for me […]

Writing an Epic Whodunit by Peggy Webb

TweetWe’re excited to welcome PEGGY WEBB with news of her latest project. When best friends from across the country attend a writers’ conference and talk into the wee hours for three days straight, the result is […]

Demons Are Just Angels Without A Halo By Jeri Westerson

Right? I mean, in the traditional Judeo-Christian sense, they are fallen angels. So there must be something about them that makes them good. On the inside. Maybe? Paranormal romance readers like their male protagonists to […]

Writing a Series? Keep a Notebook! Nan Reinhardt

Today we get to see the other side of Nan Reinhardt – that of a writer!! Hi Everyone! I know you’re used to hearing from Editor Nan here at Romance U, but today I’m going […]

Building Blocks of Fiction: SEQUELS

Ciao, everybody. I hope you caught this week’s earlier posts. On Monday, we discussed scenes, or discrete building blocks in a novel. On Wednesday, we discussed a proactive segment of story called a SCENE. SCENES […]

Building Blocks of Fiction: SCENES

Ciao, everyone! Here we are with part two of the building blocks posts. Last time, we talked about scenes (lowercase). Today, we’re going to discuss SCENES (uppercase). And yes, there is a difference. If you […]