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...

Staying Sane as a Debut Writer

Do As I Say, and Not As I Do. ~ By Laura Trentham  I imagine every book has its own challenges, but your debut book is a special breed. Not only is it the first time you’re sending your words out for the masses to read, but it’s an unknown. Expectations are sometimes far from reality. I pinged a special group of women for input—the Golden Heart class of 2014, the Dreamweavers. If you’re every lucky enough to final in the Golden Heart, you come to understand these other women are kind of like your graduating class. All of you...

Giving Up

~ By Laura Trentham  I was discussing TV shows with my hubby the other night. He wanted me to binge watch a show with him. I told him I did not have time to pick up another show. His response? “You have the time; it’s just not a priority.” Well…he’s right. My free time is limited these days, and I’ve cut back on certain things. I went from stay-at-home mom with plenty of time to volunteer at the school and watch TV to a full time writer on deadline while trying to do all the a stay-at-home mom stuff...

Valentine’s Day and the Importance of Love

~ By Mary E. Thompson I really like four letter words. Some of my favorite words are four letter words. I’ll spare you the ones that I save for the person who cuts me off in traffic (when my kids aren’t with me) or my books, but my favorite four letter word is Love. What does love mean? According to dictionary.com, love means… A profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person Or A feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend Or Sexual passion or desire We have a lot of ways...

Writing romance: why perfect men make boring heroes [REPOST]

~ By Katie McCoach Note: This article was originally published on the Standoutbooks blog and can be viewed here. Recently I was reading a promising romance novel, and then, in the midst of chapter six, I found myself placing the book face down on my kitchen table in frustration. The hero was absolutely perfect. And I was bored out of my mind. A perfect man—that sounds amazing, right? That’s what we want in a romance novel. We want our heroine to find the perfect man to live happily ever after with. Sure, it sounds nice, but it’s not exactly exciting. If...

All The Single Ladies – Write Your HEA’s! [REPOST]

~ By Melina Kantor  We’ve all heard romance authors say some version of this before, right? “I’d like to thank my husband. It’s because of him that I’m able to write happy endings.” It’s a sweet sentiment, and a very nice thing to say during a RITA acceptance speech or in an anniversary wish on Facebook. Maybe, for these authors, getting married was a path to writing romance. As long as they aren’t giving their husbands credit for their own accomplishments as writers, that’s great. They’re lucky women. But we single romance writers can also write heartwarming, gorgeous, happy...

Craft Books and the Creative Process [REPOST]

~ By Win Day Note: This post originally appeared here.  I love to watch people work. No, it’s not that I’m lazy, or that I just want to sit on the sidelines of life. But I really enjoy watching someone do something they do well. Especially when it’s something I don’t know how to do myself. It doesn’t matter what that something is. On a recent 5+ hour flight the teenaged girl next to me braided and rebraided her long straight hair maybe a dozen times, each time a little differently. Since my hair is frizzy curly and doesn’t lend itself...

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hello Everyone, Happy Valentine’s Day! As a special treat, here are a few Valentine’s Day classic moments for you. Hopefully, they’ll spark some writing. Can you turn these into writing prompts? 30 Rock: Friends: How I Met Your Mother: Charlie Brown: A Bonus:   What are your favorite Valentine’s Day TV moments? Leave a comment and let us know.  Don’t forget to make time to show your manuscript some love this weekend!

Rejection. . . [REPOST]

~ By Peggy Jaeger What’s a 9 letter word for: refusal, dismissal, forsaking? Here’s a hint: the answer starts with an r, can make you cry your eyes out, and eat an entire package of Milano cookies in one sitting. Make that 2 packages. Got it yet? Yup. REJECTION. As a writer I’ve experienced my fair share of rejection from everyone from editors to literary agents, to publishers. I‘ve had synopses discarded, proposals denounced, queries snubbed, and outlines slighted. I’ve been rejected in person, in print, in emails, in snail-mail, via phone and even once in a text. The first time I’d ever...

Promotion – You have to. You can’t not. . .

Hello Readers! How many times have you heard a writer talk about how they’ve always been a writer? How many times have you heard writers say they wrote their first book because they had to, they couldn’t not? How many times have you heard a writer talk about how they always wanted to get into marketing and promotion? Sure, some writers are natural marketers and promoters. In fact, writing is a major part of marketing. But, it’s not romance writing, and for many of us, it’s a necessary chore we have to learn how to do. We have to...

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