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Processing your unique process

One of the parts of writing that I found the most difficult was understanding my process. There were plenty of people around who were glad to tell me how to write my stories. Outline, story board, character questionaires, exploratory chapters, the list goes on and on. Those are all good methods, but they didn’t help […]

Changes and Choices

As a writer I’m driven to understand the world around me through the lens of the storyteller. Why did that happen? Why do I feel that way? What’s the bigger picture? What are the possible outcomes?

Writing in Series

I love romance series.  Reading them.  Writing them.  It seems even when I set out intending to write a stand-alone, by the time I get to The End I’ve got a cast of characters I can’t wait to come back to.  The good news if you’re obsessed with writing series?  Series sell.  In the Data […]

Spring Holiday

Today and this weekend, The Rubies are renewing ourselves with our loved ones.  We’ll see you next week, but in the meantime check out the great blogs posted recently. Have a blessed Easter or Passover. 

Jacqui Jacoby’s Friends By Choice

Friends by Choice.  Writers by Committal.             I look at the clock now and wonder how it all went by so fast.  It was spring of 1996 when I answered an on American Online—then the premier internet service–and met up with two writers who would define the concept of “writing partners.” […]

The Great CP Search Is On! (Reprisal from 2011)

It’s not too late to post your CP profile, which can be added until late Friday night.  If you’ve been a Ruby blog follower for a long time, you may recall my March 10th, 2011 article on critique partners — AKA cattle prods.   If you didn’t  read it, you might want to now as it’s relevant to […]

Are Blogs History?

Recently, behind the red curtain, the question ‘if blogs are history’ came up and a great discussion followed.   It’s hard for us to know the correct answer, because our brick counter tells us we have between 650 – 1000 reads a day, which is pretty awesome. And some days, only sisters comment while on others the world speaks […]

No Contest: How to Save RWA’s Writing Contest Circuit

Ten years ago, every romance writer I knew entered writing contests. It was the way you lowered your wheels to the ground, tested out the road, and saw how far you could go. There was a typical pattern: You’d polish three-chapters-and-a-synopsis and toss it into a couple of local chapter contests to see if it floated or sank. This […]

Don’t be a Lone Wolf…

Or “why writers need other writers” When I first started writing a book, I did it for fun. Most people thought I was crazy because most people think writing is work…not fun. But on those hazy, can’t-exactly-remember-because-I-was-a-tired-mama afternoons, I would put down the infant, drag out an ancient laptop and enter a fantasy world where […]

What I Learned From Michael Hauge Part 2

Last week, I shared my notes on Michael’s opening comments and his insight into the Hero’s inner Journey during his Master Class. Today I’m sharing my notes on his six-stage Plot Structure and at which point the hero’s Transformation occurs.   If you’ve visit Mr. Hauge’s website, you can see his Six-Stage Plot Structure chart. […]

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  • Diana Layne: In my defense, though, it’s a 1000 pages on its own. A big old historical romance with a lot of...
  • Diana Layne: Oops. I have a serialized novel planned. 🙂
  • Diana Layne: This is great to recognize your process. Mine is too slow and right now I’m trying to come up with...
  • Cynthia Huscroft: As a “newb”, I’ve yet to find the process that works for me. I’ve been...
  • Kate Parker: I’ve found the presenters who say that seem to be plotters. Intense plotters. As a pantster, I...

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