Diving Back Into My World

~ By Melina Kantor Note: This post was written in August, 2016. Confession: A few days ago, I opened my WIP for the first time in. . . Well, I don’t know how long it had been. But let’s just say it had been long enough that when the document opened, I swear I heard a creak. Like all of us, I’ve been busy with a lot of regular life stuff (new rescue puppy, busy schedule, etc). But busy I can handle. What’s hard is that I now write for my day job, and after work I just can’t...

Swear to tell the truth: Why you need this class.

Hello Everyone, If you’d like to learn even more about writing characters who find themselves involved with law enforcement or sitting in a court room, sign up for Jody’s September workshop. You can find more information and registration details here. Meanwhile, this post is a great starting point. Enjoy! ~ Jody Lebel Why do so many television shows and movies include courtroom scenes? Because people love drama.  They love to try to figure out who committed the crime.  They love the fight between right and wrong, the humor, the gut wrenching outcomes, and the struggle.   Courts tear lives apart and build...

What helps me “discover” my story? Do I make playlists? Collages?

~ By Sloane B. Collins What helps me “discover” my story? Do I make playlists? Collages? The answer to those questions is YES, all of the above.  I struggled for years to finish stories without growing bored from plotting every bit of the books.  Until a couple of years ago I decided to let go and just write. I started out with a posterboard of pictures that reminded me of a holiday romance I was writing.  I’d pull it out when it was time to write, but eventually I needed more pictures and it was just too bulky, and...

Inspiration Along The Oregon Trail

~ By Becky Lower Blog for Contemporary RWA I write both historical and contemporary romances, both set in America. My most recent contemporary takes place in the fictional town of Comfort, Nebraska. So, when the opportunity came to meet up with my sister in Salt Lake City and drive from there to Ohio, I leapt out from behind my computer and dashed to the airport. The mass migration along the Oregon Trail may have ended more than 150 years ago, but the route is still celebrated, with landmarks enshrined, and ruts from the thousands of wagons who traversed it...

Civil War Research

~ By Angela Kay Austin I was born in Memphis, TN.  As soon as I could, I packed my bags and headed off to D.C. never imagining myself to return to Memphis, under any circumstances. But, what do you know, life had other plans. Many of my books are set in Memphis, or another southern city.  And my books deal with issues that are prominent in the south: religion, race, education, and more.  Not that these issues don’t affect other parts of the United States, or other countries. I guess that means that because of the writer I am—that...

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