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Statement from WisRWA regarding recent RWA Ethics Issue

The following statement was sent to the Romance Writers of America Board and staff from the WisRWA Board and our Diversity and Outreach committee regarding the recent ethics issue: The Wisconsin Romance Writers of America chapter is writing to express displeasure at the recent censure, suspension, and leadership ban enacted upon Courtney Milan. The vote

By |2020-02-17T19:27:53+00:00December 28th, 2019|Categories: General|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Statement from WisRWA regarding recent RWA Ethics Issue

Writing Retreat!

A couple months ago Jane Yunker (Chippewa Falls Area Contact) started making plans for WisRWA’s 2020 Writers’ Retreat. Here’s the good news…WisRWA has signed the contract for a fabulous fall writing retreat in 2020 When? The fun kicks off Friday, October 2nd and goes through Sunday, October 4th, 2020 Where? The Foster Retreat Center. Located

By |2019-12-31T18:56:25+00:00October 18th, 2019|Categories: General|Tags: |Comments Off on Writing Retreat!

Two Quick Tasks Improve Momentum and Voice

By: Christine DeSmet As a writing instructor and coach, I deal with manuscripts that may have received passes by agents, or are too long, or don’t seem to have a “voice” yet. As a writer, too, I often over-write by 10,000 to 20,000 words in search of my novel’s story. (My cozy mystery/romance manuscripts need

By |2019-12-31T18:54:08+00:00October 7th, 2019|Categories: General, Writing Craft|Tags: , |Comments Off on Two Quick Tasks Improve Momentum and Voice

How to Avoid Writing Burnout When You Write Fiction and Work as a Writer or Editor

Image credit: DepositPhoto Writing fiction is a passion for most authors, who come from all sorts of career fields and backgrounds. At the same time, it’s definitely work, too, to see a story through from start to finish. While there’s plenty to be said for work-life-writing balance in general and also sticking to deadlines when

By |2019-12-31T18:58:17+00:00September 18th, 2019|Categories: General, Writing Craft|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on How to Avoid Writing Burnout When You Write Fiction and Work as a Writer or Editor

Writing Dialogue That Delights Readers

Best-selling author Stephen King once said, “Good dialogue is a delight to read. Bad dialogue is deadly” (181). As readers, we can readily agree, but if you’re like me, an author intent on improving her craft, you want to know how to write dialogue that is a delight. You’re seeking guided practice—some rules. Here are

By |2019-12-31T18:10:19+00:00August 21st, 2019|Categories: General, Writing Craft|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Writing Dialogue That Delights Readers

Historical Research Class

Lesson 3 People Your characters are the heart of the story, so you want them to be right. What do they look like? What do they wear? What is their occupation? What manners and mores are typical for their times? When you decide on what time frame you have set for them, and where, it

My 10 Rules for Success

From time to time, I take a moment to reflect where I’m at in my life and where I want to go. During one of these reflections, I read about habits of successful people. You should know I define success not only as financial stability, but also about our journey as individuals and what we

By |2019-12-31T18:10:20+00:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: General, Writing Craft|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on My 10 Rules for Success

WisRWA Write Touch Conference 2019: My Review

Let me start out by stating the thought of going to a three-day conference, by myself, without really knowing anyone else scared me silly. I’m relatively new to WISRWA, having moved from the metro Detroit area four years ago. But…I’m so happy I stepped outside my comfort zone and decided to make the investment in