What Came First? Plot or Character? Conflict is key to tying character and plot together. Ideally the scenes in the plot should:
1. illustrate conflict 2. show character grow (character put in tough decision, must ...
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Critiquing 201: I’ve Found a Critique Partner, Now What? You've done your search, you found someone who's interested. You talk, they respond, and now you've done it -- you've decided you want a partner in critiquing. Where to start?
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The Conflict Test

1. Does one of the characters have to change in order for the conflict to be resolved?
2. Can conflict be resolved with a good, honest heart-to-heart between your characters?
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Promotions: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly Okay, I've sold my books (yay!), and now it's month two. What's the worry du jour? Promotion. How much is enough? How much is too much?
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The Low-down Skinny On Using Contests to Further Your Career One of the raging debates within the romance community concerns the benefits of contests to an aspiring author. I know many authors who were published directly as...
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Crafting the Perfect Query A query letter is your first introduction to either an editor or an agent, and don't underestimate it's importance. It can get you in the door, or have the door...
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To Series Or Not To Series, That is the Question... The idea of a series -- a set of connected books -- has always gotten me hooked as a reader. Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books take up an entire shelf on my keeper case.
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Starting Out Write: A Modest Proposal The New Year is always a great time for fresh starts. I turned in my last book on 1/1/2008, and it’s now scary and exhilarating. When a writer goes out of contract...
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Dead Lines My first book came out in December 2001, a Harlequin Duets. It got fabulous reviews and I was all aquiver with excitement. My career was off to a great start! My second book... read more...
 
Gentleman’s Clubs of London In London, starting in the Regency Period (1811-1820), and extending through the Victorian Period (1837-1901), gentleman's clue enjoyed their heyday.
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The Napoleonic Wars Europe in the closing years of the eighteenth century was in a dynamic state. Countries were flexing their muscles, acquiring new territories, expanding their influence.
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A Canter-Buried Tale -- bawdy humor alert There once were some writers, the RWA,
The wrote pretty stories, and they hearted their A's.
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Romance Spam Writing a Romance Novel – guaranteed 100% success. Overnight, you, along with the ambassador from Nigeria who has 5,000,000 USD to invest, shall be able to hit the...
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