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Five Scenes Every Romance Novel Needs

Romance gets a bad rap as being formulaic, and it isn’t. At least no more so than any other popular fiction genre. What romance and other genre novels do that I think gets them this label is fulfill reader expectations. That, in my opinion, is a good thing. So what […]

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Ten Steps to Fill Plot Holes

Use these 10 tips for identifying and filling plot holes.

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How to Write a Romance

Contrary to what some people seem to think, writing a romance is no easier than writing any other type of book. In fact, if writing romance and relationships doesn’t come naturally to you, it may be harder than writing any other type of book. Writing a straight-up romance where there […]

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Writing a Young Adult Series

With almost a dozen published novels and novellas under my belt, I thought I’d figured it all out by now–you know, how to write a sequel.  In my adult romances, a “sequel” usually featured a secondary character from a previous novel, promoted to the role of protagonist.  Occasionally, a lingering […]

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Structuring Your Young Adult Novel

Since I spent the summer teaching writing workshops for both adult and teen writers, I’ve been thinking more about the basics than I usually do. So I thought I’d talk today about the most basic of the basics–the structure of a novel, and specifically, a young adult novel. At its […]

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