10 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Started Writing

~ By Brighton Walsh 10. This business is a whole lot of hurry up and wait. And, okay, that’s probably not a new one for you. I’m sure if you’ve read even one author’s blog, you’ve heard this. But I cannot stress it enough. It’s basically one giant waiting game—waiting for the call, waiting for contracts, waiting for edits, waiting for blurbs, waiting for covers, waiting for payday! Patience is not my strong suit, but I’ve had no choice but to adapt. 9. Don’t sweat the small stuff. When I started writing my first novella, PLUS ONE, I got hung...

The Garden Tea – A Friday Writing Prompt

Happy Friday! And happy spring! 🌻 We figured this would be the perfect time for a writing prompt. Ready? Your protagonist, in addition to being busy with a fulfilling yet exhausting career, really loves to cook and bake. She has a new apartment that she really loves, and she’s especially proud of the private patio which she has filled with flowers in beautiful pots. To celebrate being all set up in her new place, and to celebrate the beginning of spring and end of a long winter, she decides to host a Sunday lunch at her antique picnic table....

Writing & Chronic Illness

~ By Mariah Ankenman Like most writers, I wish my days were filled with endless amounts of time sitting in front of a roaring fire in a secluded cabin nestled in the woods. Endless time full of inspiration and far from distractions and responsibilities, but that’s not reality. I’m usually up before the crack of dawn to start a day filled with a million tasks and not enough time to complete them. I need a coffee IV just to get by. I also have two grade school children and live with chronic illness. Both of which take me away...

Planning saves me. Can it save you?

~ By Ainsley St Claire I know I’m not the only one when I say my life is beyond crazy. I’m a small consulting business owner with nine employees. I’m a mother of two boys, ages seven and ten, who have multiple activities and sports. I’m a wife to a kind, supportive, and generous husband who has a job that on a good week keeps him busy sixty-plus-hours. But I’m also a writer. I write steamy romantic suspense. I’ll admit I haven’t cracked the marketing to get the word out about my books, but those who do find me enjoy...

What Karate Has Taught Me About Writing

~ By Melina Kantor I wasn’t planning to write a novel. Especially not in thirty days. But one October day in 2007, as I was walking my dog in Central Park while listening to a podcast, I heard about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Minutes after I got home, I signed up. A few weeks later, not only had I started my first novel, I’d become part of a writing community. Not long after that, I had a completed draft of an actual novel and was a member of RWA. Even better? I’d found my tribe. I still dive...

Love makes the world go around.

~ By Peggy Jaeger Valentine’s day is the one day of the year the rest of the world realizes what we, as writers of romance, know every day: Love makes the world go around. Wasn’t that a song? Yup – and here it is: I loved when I was in grade school and we were compelled by the teacher to give out little boxed Valentine cards to one another. Every kid in your class received one, that was the rule. No one was left out, not even the teacher. I remember thinking back then, wouldn’t it be a nicer...

Balancing Act

~ By Mellanie Szereto I wrote this blog post several years ago, but the demands and commitments in my life have changed since then. My husband is thinking about retirement, our daughter has graduated from college (multiple times) and lives halfway across the country for her job, our autistic son has started college, my elderly father (also in a different state) is having health issues, my parents are preparing to downsize and need help sorting through 60 years of stuff… Oh, and my laptop’s hard drive crashed and burned earlier this month—three days before I had to fly to NYC...

It’s Okay To Say No

~ By Brighton Walsh It’s okay to say no. Really. It is. It might not be easy. It might be nerve-racking. But it’s okay to do it. “I value your opinion, but that just doesn’t work for me.” You finish your manuscript. You love it. You maybe have some spots that you are iffy on—does it work or doesn’t it? Was that character arc pronounced enough? What about the overall arc? How about that one scene? Did it fit? So you send it off to your trusted beta readers and/or critique partners and you wait. Then comes the day...

The Rhythm Of My Words 

~ Meka James As writers, we all have our processes. Some plot, some wing it, some do a combination of the two. I’m a wing it gal. I’ve never liked outlines, even way back in my school days. That hasn’t changed over the years. Because I don’t plot, and my characters can sometimes be uncooperative, I need to seek motivation/inspiration from outside sources when I’m stuck. Music plays a huge role in that. I do a weekly segment on my blog called Music Monday.  Some weeks I’ll showcase songs I might happen to like, but it started so I...

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...

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