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QUEEN OF THIEVES by Alethea Kontis

Posted by Guest at Oct 7, 2013 7:00 am in , , , , , , ,

Into everyone’s life must come a Dirty Rotten Scoundrel…and not the sexy kind.   Male or female, this innately selfish, borderline (or fully) psychopathic person is placed into our sphere by the universe because we need to learn a lesson the hard way. With luck, you’ve moved on and this person is no longer in […]


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Posted by Guest at Oct 25, 2012 8:00 am in , , , , , , , , , ,

Solid, consistent worldbuilding creates a culture that adds valuable texture to a story.  By the same token, careless or confusing worldbuilding can confuse readers and detract from the plot.  So let’s look at the process of creating a setting.   1.  Pick The Setting.  This doesn’t mean merely choosing a spacefaring society or a post-apocalyptic […]


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Para/Normal Alpha by Robin Matheson

Posted by Guest at Aug 27, 2012 8:30 am in , , , , , , , ,

Para/Normal Alpha Character Skill Sets in Action By Robin Matheson In scientific terms, the word alphais used to denote the top-ranking wolf within the hierarchy of the pack. Generally a wolf/dog pack is led by a dominant alpha male because of its superior strength. [Daniel Wood. Wolves, 1994] In human fictional terms…“People fear what they […]

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GREAT(ER) EXPECTATIONS: Writing Cross-Genre Romance by Linnea Sinclair

Posted by Guest at Aug 16, 2012 8:00 am in , , , , , , , , , ,

If you’re reading this, chances are good that you’re an RWA member. And if you’re an RWA member, chances are good that you understand the connection between reader expectations in romance and the HEA (Happily Ever After) or the HFN (Happy For Now). The HEA/HFN are a trope as well as a result that romance […]


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Intro to MyRWA-Part Three by Elizabeth Schechter

Posted by Guest at Aug 12, 2012 8:00 am in , , , , , ,

If you’ve been following along in this series, you are now signed up for MyRWA, subscribed to your chapter mailing lists (Again — not Forums. They are mailing lists, regardless of what RWA calls them!), and you have possibly explored the other mailing lists that are available. There is more that you can do with […]

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BUTTONOMICS by Pat Hauldren

Posted by Guest at Jun 28, 2012 8:00 am in , , , , , , , , , , ,

Are you a healthy writer? Most of us don’t put “healthy” and “writing” into the same sentence, much less in the same universe. If you’re like me (and Gawd help you, you are not), the better you get at writing, the better you get at sitting. And the better we get at sitting, the better […]


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Intro to MyRWA Part One by Elizabeth Schechter

Posted by Guest at Jun 21, 2012 8:00 am in , , , , ,

       I bet I can say one word that will have the majority of readers screaming in either terror or fury. Ready? MyRWA.    See, there you go. The new social networking/website system that is slowly being implemented by RWA National has probably engendered more debate than Coke vs. Pepsi, Star Wars vs. Star Trek, […]

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