Q & A With CRWA Vice President of Workshops Melanie Greene!

We, as contemporary romance writers, are so lucky to have such an active, vibrant chapter, designed just for us, with so many resources and so much encouragement available to help guide us through our careers. The chapter wouldn’t be what it is today without our wonderful, hard-working, dedicated board members. With their first-terms about to draw to a close, we thought we’d invite each board members to come and chat with us about what it’s been like serving on a large chapter board and what they’ve learned in the past year. First up, we have our Vice President of...

October PANorama — Critiques and Beta-Readers

Dear Readers, It’s the last Friday of the month, which means that it’s time for one of 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. This month, Mellanie Szereto is here to give us her advice on critiques and beta readers.  Take it away, Mellanie! Critiques and Beta-Readers ~ By Mellanie Szereto Being part of a critique partnership or group is a personal choice. Some writers prefer to use beta readers or...

NaNo Prep: Your October To-Do List!

Hello, everyone! It’s almost time for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). And we are here to support you. Here is your suggested October To-Do List. (And if you’re not participating in NaNo, this list applies for any time you start a novel.) 1. Listen to any podcasts that will spark your creativity. The Moth has great stories, but if you’re looking for something more craft related, try How Story Works. (Listen from the beginning, as it’s like a college course and it’s best to listen in order.) 2. Have no clue what you’re going to write about? Use these tips...

How To Be A Successful Hooker

~ By Rita Henuber Hooker? Did you come to the blog thinking I was going to talk about a very old profession? If you did well….  HA! Made you look. You fell for my HOOK. I’m talking about hooks in your writing. Hooking a reader into your story. Grabbing them so hard and fast they can‘t put your book down. So what is a hook? Mary Buckham, in her lecture packet on Hooks and Pacing, says it best. “Hooks create an emotional response from a reader. Not just any emotional response but one that gets under your subconscious, raises a question and...

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...

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