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RWA: Playgroup for romance writers

When my boys were toddlers, I eagerly looked forward to weekly playgroup time. It was great for keeping them entertained and wearing them out, but the biggest benefit was for the moms. Your child is almost three and still not potty trained? No, that’s not weird. Others have been there. There’s a sense of relief

The traveling pantser

There’s this notion that every writer is one of two types: plotter, or pantser. In the extreme, a plotter plans out the whole story from start to finish before she sits down to write. She knows how the story begins, what happens in the middle, and how the story ends, and probably has a detailed

POV or POS?

Be honest. Is your WIP GH-ready, or is it a POS? Not sure? Ask your CP for her POV about the GMC and SL in your MS. If you’re thinking, “WTF?” then read on. In the military a POV is your Personally Owned Vehicle, that is, your car. There’s an acronym for freakin’ everything in

It’s. Her. Job.

Nora Roberts isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. Every time I see or read an interview with her, I’m impressed. Her recurring theme when asked how she manages to pump out five books per year, year after year, is, well…it’s her job. Or, in typical writer-style emphasis: It’s. Her. Job. She sits down

Query Letter Purgatory

Have I mentioned how much writers hate crafting query letters? Yes? Oh, fine. Well, maybe it’s just me, but trying to boil my story down to 2-3 paragraphs that will catch an agent’s eye is excruciating. Today, I spent some time perusing blogs by literary agents Nathan Bransford and Kristin Nelson, looking for inspiration. I also

My discipline needs a tune-up

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle According to success guru, Brian Tracy, it takes 21 days of repetition to form a good habit–although bad ones seem to require a much shorter period! So, how does one form a habit of excellence? Discipline! I’ve heard