Only One More Week to Enter the Stiletto Contest!

The 2019 Stiletto Contest closes on April 12, 2109! Have you entered yet? There are even more categories to choose from this year, so grab your book or your manuscript, and check out where it fits in our chapter’s annual event. New Categories We have three new categories this year. We added them to expand the reach and include works that are truly representative of contemporary romance. If you thought about entering in the past but didn’t know where your book would fit, maybe there’s a great place for you now! Contemporary Romance Novella is for novellas 15,000-30,000 words long set...

Are you a PRO?

We’ve made a big change to the Stiletto Contest for 2019, and it could mean a big change for you. New this year, all entrants for the Stiletto Contest are required to judge. Most contests require their entrants to judge, and Contemporary Romance Writers made the change this year. If you’re already PAN, PRO, or a General member, that won’t change things for you. If you’re not, you have an application to fill out! If you’re entering a published entry, you are already PAN or Provisional-PAN, or eligible. If you haven’t applied, you can do so by logging in...

Writer or Author?

~ By Nan Reinhardt When people ask me what I do, my answer sometimes depends on how and why they ask the question. If it’s a random, we-just-met-at-an-event kind of query, I choose my answer based on how involved I want to get in the conversation. I know how bitchy that sounds, but sometimes, you just don’t want to have a long conversation with someone you know for certain is going to immediately chortle when you tell them you’re a romance writer. So those folks get “I’m a freelance copy editor.” Then the conversation...

The Stilleto Contest is Coming!

~ By Liza Keogh Hi, Contemporary Romance Writers. Liza Keogh here, Stiletto Contest Co-Chair (along with Mary E. Thompson) with information about this year’s contest. I recently surveyed the writers in my Romance Writers group and asked them to explain to me why they enter writing contests. There are at least a dozen writers in the group and between them they have entered a LOT of RWA Chapter contests. Here’s a compilation of their replies:  “I enter because of the potential for my work to be seen by agents and editors.” “I enter contests for quality feedback and guidance.” “Becoming...

What Do You Want This Year?

~ By Mary E. Thompson Do you set goals? For some people, it’s a requirement at the beginning of the year. For others, it’s a form of torture. If you don’t set goals, that’s okay, but let me ask you a harder question… Did you do everything you wanted to do last year?  Whether your answer is yes or no, you set goals. Maybe you didn’t write them down or formalize them, but you set them. You know what you wanted from the year. So why not make it official?  I enjoy setting goals. I set new ones every year....

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...

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