Blog for Us!

Interested in contributing a guest post for the Contemporary Romance Writer’s Blog? We’d love to have you! All chapter members, published and not yet published, are welcome to contribute.


Word Count: Posts should be between 500 -750 words, but exceptions can be made.

Author Bio: Please include a headshot and bio of 50 -100 words.

You may include a link to your website homepage or blog and mention books you’ve published. Any links to Amazon or other places to buy your books will be removed. We are unable to post book covers.

(Please note: Our most successful posts, meaning the posts that bring the most traffic to an author’s website, are ones that are focused on teaching our readers and include little or no marketing.)

Submission Procedure: Please send blog post, bio and headshot to melissadespina AT gmail DOT com one week prior to the scheduled post date.

Suggested Topics

Need help coming up with a topic? Here are some examples to inspire you.

1. Craft: see example

2. Industry: see example

3. Inspiration / Life as a Writer: see example

4. Marketing / Promotion / Social Media: see example

5. Member Spotlight: see example

Below is a list of suggested topics by month, but if you’ve got your own idea, that’s great too.

PANorama posts will appear on the last Sunday of each month, and are a chance for our chapter PAN members (PAN stands for Published Authors Network, a professional designation within RWA open to members who reach a certain level of sales) to visit the blog to share some of their wisdom and expertise. If you’re a PAN Member, please consider volunteering.

If you have any questions, please be in touch!

Please put CRWA Blog 2016 in the subject line of your email.


Melissa (aka Melina)

melissadespina @


  • Goal Setting for the new year
  • Self-Editing Tips/Techniques/Methods That Work
  • PANorama – Goal and Motivation


  • Important Characteristics of Your Heroine
  • Valentine’s Day & The Importance of Love
  • PANorama – Voice


  • Writing a Hero Who is Worthy of Your Heroine’s Love
  • Giving and Receiving Critiques
  • PANorama — Strong Secondary Characters Who Don’t Steal Your Story


  • Building Strong Internal and External Conflict in Contemporary Romance
  • Character Arc – How to Make Your Characters Grow
  • PANorama — Writing a Series


  • Villains We Love / Despicable Characters
  • Common Contemporary Vocations (Writing the doctor/nurse, military, business mogul / secretary, cowboy, etc.)
  • PANorama – Comedy and Humor


  • Building Strong Internal and External Conflict in Contemporary Romance
  • Types of Conflict in Contemporary Romance Today
  • PANorama – Character Flaws


  • 4th of July – The American Heroes – Writing Military / Rescue Heroes and Heroines
  • Conference Tips
  • PANorama – Relationships with Editors and Publishers


  • Research, History, Fact-Finding Missions
  • Including Travel in your Writing
  • PANorama – Story Structure


  • Balancing Your Writing Life / Day Job Life / Family Life
  • Writing Process – Are You a Plotter or Pantser?
  • PANorama – Antogonists. . . Why we need them


  • Preparing for & Surviving NaNoWriMo
  • Halloween – Incorporating Paranormal Elements in Contemporary Romance
  • PANorama – Writing Your Protagonist’s Best Friend


  • Share Your Successful Query Letters
  • Surviving NaNoWriMo / “Don’t Look Down” Drafts
  • PANorama – Writing is Hard. Why Do We Do It?


  • Writing for the Holidays
  • Looking Back at Your Year of Writing

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