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What I Learned From Michael Hauge – PART 1

If you’ve read my blog on February 27, you know I believe in a writer’s continued education. Last weekend, The Greater Lehigh Valley Writer’s Group of the ABE area in Pennsylvania hosted the renowned Michael Hauge. Mr. Hauge is known for his Story Mastery concept of screen-writing. Over the years, while attending RWA conferences, I tried to […]

Writing Books With Overlapping Timelines

I’ve always been fascinated by the idea that the same set of events from the point-of-view of two different people can result in two completely different stories. So it shouldn’t have surprised me that I’d end up writing books with overlapping timelines—that way I get to explore the same events from multiple perspectives. But, the […]

Phone Didn’t Ring Tuesday? We’ve Got Consolation (Prizes and Chocolate!!)

Nooooooooooooo!!!! How did this happen? How can the universe be so MEAN and STUPID and UNFAIR???!! Your book is so, so good, and everyone who’s read it loves it…and you worked so hard to get it that way! It had “RWA Nomination” written all freakin’ OVER it. But the phone didn’t ring on Tuesday. (Okay, […]

Welcome 2017 Golden Heart and RITA Finalists!!!

CONGRATULATIONS, 2017 FINALISTS!!! We hope you’re still floating on Cloud 9 after yesterday! RWA judges are tough, and nobody gets where you are without having written a FABULOUS book, so enjoy those well-deserved accolades!! (See the full slate of 2017 nominees here). We have a tradition here at the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood of asking new […]

Livestreaming RITA and Golden Heart Announcement Day!!

LET THE ANNOUNCEMENTS BEGIN… Wow, the big day is here again!! We’re here to cheer, commiserate, celebrate, hold hands with other nervous hopefuls, give you good company to gnaw your fingernails with, or whatever it is you’re needing today. As each of the Rubies can testify, the next few hours are going to change some […]

A Star to Steer Her By – Welcome Beth Anne Miller

I am so excited to welcome my friend and fellow author, Beth Anne Miller, to the Ruby blog today! Beth and I met at a writers conference in 2010 and became fast friends. I’m so glad Beth has joined us to talk about her brand new book, A STAR TO STEER HER BY, hot off […]

How To Find Your Magic

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Do you have your green on? Leprechauns, gold and magic surround this holiday, but as writers we must employ a bit of creative “magic” every day to create characters, worlds and emotionally moving stories. Many call this magic their muse. Originally a Muse was any of the nine sister goddesses […]

Falling In Love With The Bad Boy, Is It Wrong?

Recently, in the Winter Writing Fest Chat-room while talking about how we get to know our characters and develop their arcs, I stated that my villain in HIS WITNESS TO EVIL actually came to my house. Some thought that statement was cool. Others raised their brows, with little icons of course. Well, I’m here to […]

What throws you out of a story?

Even RWA seems to be asking what throws you out of a story with their question about adding a DNF rating to the RITA judging. So today, we’re going to have an informal Kate wants to know poll. I’ll start it off with a particular dislike of mine. Info dumps. I was reminded of this […]

Heart, Heat, Hope, and Humor

No surprise here, but I have closets full of ‘keeper’ books that go back decades. Crisp contemporaries, crumbling high school favorites, bold and sweeping historicals, witty chick-lit, proper regencies, and romantic suspense. I love them all.               Early in my writing career, I studied my keepers to determine what—beyond plot—had me clinging to this particular […]

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The Latest Comments

  • Autumn Jordon: Thanks, Shelly. The more I think about what he said, the more I see my characters becoming much more.
  • Shelley Coriell: Big Michael Hauge fan here! I was able to sit in on one of his two-hour RWA workshops seven or eight...
  • Shelley Coriell: Fascinating post, Ava! I’ve never tried to write one of these, but I’ve read a number of...
  • Autumn Jordon: I’m in. Work on the next story is underway, so I’ll need to start germinating another idea.
  • Autumn Jordon: You’re welcome, Cyn. Anytime you have a question feel free to ask.

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