31 Days Toward Writing a Must-Read Romance Archive

31 Days: The Grand Finale {Giveaway}

I’m celebrating 31 days by giving away a copy of a must-read romance. The winner will receive 1 copy of The Longest Ride, the latest release from Nicholas Sparks. I just finished it and you don’t want to miss this thought-provoking romance. For more details about the novel click here Here’s the scoop: You can
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31 Days: Final Tips

We’re on the home stretch now … but the journey is just beginning. Here are some thought-provoking and helpful posts to make your adventures in romance writing a tad easier. An oldie but a goodie, this post by Brenda Novak is a great reminder of what goes into a good romance. Read more here 5
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31 Days: Just Write It Already

Graphic via Kaleidoscope Muses blog Are you one of the millions who aspire to write a book? According to this post “81 percent of Americans feel that they have a book in them — and should write it.” If you have always wanted to write a book, but have put your dream aside to pursue more practical
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31 Days: Is Your Hero Pinterest-Worthy?

Photo compliments of author Dani Pettrey Can your hero hijack your Twitter feed? Demand his own status update on Facebook? Fill a Pinterest board with swoon-worthy photos? It seems to be the latest trend in marketing through social media. I participated in a blog promo recently for Dani Pettrey’s latest release, Stranded. To express her appreciation, Dani
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31 Days: Epic Word Wrangling Opportunity Just Ahead

Illustration by Brad Woodard via Behance Now that we’ve discussed some of the key components of a romance novel, are you ready to do some serious word-wrangling? November is coming soon (yes, it’s true) and writers everywhere will be pounding legally addictive stimulants and cranking out thousands of words. The goal: 50,000 words in 30
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31 Days: A Newbie’s Guide to Deep Point of View

My first draft was riddled with rookie mistakes. As is the case when attempting to learn a craft or acquire a new skill, I didn’t know what I didn’t know … until I stepped out of my comfort zone and asked others to critique my fiction writing. “Head hopping” wasn’t in my vocabulary until I
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31 Days Meets Five Minute Fridays: {Together}

photo credit Compfight  I’ve struggled mightily with my writing this month. Real life comes at me hard and fast. The plans I’ve made fall apart and are pushed aside, replaced by runny noses, the carpool line, appointments and … laundry. Of course. When am I supposed to write this must-read romance if every time I
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31 Days: Best Holiday for a Romance Novel?

A cabin in the snowy Alaskan wilderness … a million stars overhead … the perfect Christmas tree illuminated in the yard … I don’t know about you, but I’m sold. This book was on my Kindle faster than you can say ‘stockings were hung by the chimney with care’.  Yesterday I blogged over here about the
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31 Days: Which Comes First, the Setting or the Romance?

One of the many benefits of sharing one’s writing with the world is the opportunity to connect with other writers. When I entered So You Think You Can Write, Rachael Ruddick and I connected over our mutual affection for sports romances. Her entry, Climbing Into His Arms, was one of my favorite first chapters. I’m
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31 Days: I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again …

  Remember those lyrics from the late 90’s hit, ‘Tubthumping’ by Chumbawamba? In case you need to refresh your memory, the video is available here . While the lyrics are not at all family-friendly, the chorus has played in my head throughout the weekend. It seems my enthusiasm over advancing to the next round of a
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