The Creativity Superpower

~ By Rita Henuber   Lately, in writers groups, there has been some discussion about keeping the joy in our writing. There are a bazillion answers to this. I think one is by indulging our other creative talents.  Yeaph. OTHER creative talents. Authors are very creative people. Think about all the other talents you have and how those creative outlets can nourish your writing.  Here are a few. Sewing. BTW I hear it’s coming back as a thing. Many Historical Romance authors make costumes.  Knitting and crocheting. Setting a proper table is now considered an...

Today’s Superpower is Curiosity

~ By Rita Henuber   Author’s professional curiosity is a huge subject on many levels. It begins with, can I write a book? Should I write a book? How do I write a book? Flash forward to a truckload of how do I promote and gain new reader questions. I believe an author’s personal curiosity keeps the joy in writing. It ignites the imagination and fuels the creativity tank. Curiosity isn’t just asking questions, it’s challenging yourself to come up with your own discoveries. Please. Please. When you do ask questions, don’t be an ask...

Writers are Superheroes

~ By Rita Henuber Writers are superheroes. Their superpowers are: Imagination, Curiosity, and Creativity. IMO, superpowers we all need to write our stories. This week, I’ll be sharing my thought s on each of these powers Today I’ll begin with: The Imagination Super Power In the top five questions authors are asked is: “Where do you get your stories?”  For a while when I was asked this I quickly said, “the Amazon story store.”  I mean, Amazon sells live ladybugs and rents goats, why not sell stories?  But alas, I had to stop because too many asked me for the...

Interview With Jamie Beck

We are thrilled to announce CRW Weekend Writing Retreat! Join us at Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY October 12-14, 2018, for a weekend of writing, plotting, and brainstorming! Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned writer, you’ll get hours of uninterrupted, peaceful writing time to work through an idea or complete that unfinished manuscript. Find out more and sign up here! Meanwhile, read on for an interview with national bestselling author Jamie Beck, who will be giving two workshops on Sunday, the last day of the retreat: Contemporary Romance Writers: Welcome, Jamie! Thank you so much for joining us today! Why is having...

Looking Back and Moving Forward

~ By Margaret Ethridge I’m looking back toward my future. It will be about maximizing income from backlist titles. Something I’ve been neglecting. Whether you have forty books in your backlist or four, your front list should be driving readers to backlist, and backlist driving readers to front list and preorders. I know this is an area in which I personally have fallen down on the job. I’m not sure if it’s because I rarely read my work once it’s through the editorial process, or because as writers we’re always told to get on to the next book. One of...

Dreams, Sacrifices, and Perseverance

~ By Negeen Papehn Following my dreams has been a lot harder than I thought it would be at seventeen. The world was full of possibilities then, bursting at the seams with all the things I envisioned I would accomplish by the age of forty. Now, as I stare back into the past two decades, I realize there were so many dreams I had to let go of because life just got in the way. I am a wife, mother to two demanding boys, a sister and daughter to an expectant family, and a dentist by trade. I just recently...

Q & A With Chapter President Casey Clipper

Election time starts next week for the RWA national board. Our very own president is running for a director and large position, so we took advantage of having access to her and asking some questions we thought were important in making the decision on who to vote for the board. Casey gladly answered and we’re excited to present our Q&A to you. Welcome, Casey! How has being a member of RWA impacted your writing career? When I first joined RWA, I knew absolutely nothing about the business of producing a novel. RWA, and more specifically the chapters’ workshops, helped...

The Stiletto Awards Party, RWA 2018 in Denver

~ By Liza Keogh The best thing about holding an awards ceremony? Finally seeing many of the faces behind the email addresses and meeting the writers behind the submissions! The 2018 Stiletto Awards Ceremony started with Casey Clipper handing out the Chapter Service Awards. The three members in attendance—Stephanie Haefner, Mary Flournoy, and Teri Anne Stanley—are pictured here. The other members who received the award are Kimberley Ash, Laura Ashwood, and Jessie Scott. You will probably notice all of them were fearless, intrepid, and hard-working Category Coordinators for the 2018 contest. #TeamStiletto! There were eight awards given out, and...

CRWA Taking Over Nationals! A Photo Retrospective.

With the chapter retreat, the Stiletto Party, and everything in between, the Contemporary Romance Chapter of RWA was a huge presence at #RWA2018. Here are some highlights, sent in by chapter members just for you. Enjoy! First up, here’s Ginny Baird, one of our newest members, hanging out with fellow CRWA member Teri Wilson before a communal writing sprint. The world on the street is that the event was fabulous and they got a lot of writing done. Way to go! Speaking of Teri Wilson, look who the CRW Stiletto Award for Mid-Length Contemporary Romance! Another new member, Erin Kruger,...

RWA 2018 – Speed Pitch event and the Industry Marketplace

~ By Stephanie Haefner This year, more than others in the past, my main goal for the RWA National Conference was to make connections with agents and editors, and boy did I ever! The main sources for amazing networking this year were the Speed Pitch event and the Industry Marketplace. In past years, RWA members attending the conference had the opportunity to sign up for two ten-minute pitch sessions. One with an agent and one with an editor. Prime picks were often gobbled up quickly and attendees had to move on to their 2nd, 3rd, sometimes 4th picks, even if...

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