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Tips & Articles for the Writer

In no particular order...we have tried to group by subject.
NTRWA does not endorse or benefit in any way from the purchase of any material. The resource materials have been collected by members, and our contest judges and contestants to help writers improve their craft.

BOOKS

ON-LINE RESOURCES

FORMATTING

SCENES & SETTING

AUTHOR INTRUSION

BACK STORY

BASIC WRITING MISTAKES

CHARACTERS

DESCRIPTION

DIALOGUE, DIALOGUE TAGS / ATTRIBUTIONS

EDITING

FILTER WORDS & WORD CHOICE

NON-VERBALS

POV

 SHOW vs TELL

 

Character Arc Progression Tool (PDF)

Setting exercises (PDF)

Character Profile Questionnaire (PDF)

 

Helpful Links

Publishers

Barbour Publishing

Entangled Publishing

Harlequin ~ Silhouette / Spice / Mira / HQN / Kimani Press / Steeple Hill / Red Dress Ink / Luna / Worldwide Library

Harper Collins ~ Avon Books

Hachette Book Group ~ Grand Central Publishing / Little, Brown & Company / Little Brown Books for Young Readers / Faith Words / Windblown Media / Orbit / Center Street / Yen Press

Kensington Books ~ Kensington / Brava / Zebra / Pinnacle

Penguin Random House

Simon & Schuster

St. Martin's Press

The Wild Rose Press

Scholastic Books for Children & Young Adults

Harvest House Publishers

 

Group Sites

Novelists, Inc.

Romance Divas

Writing World

Romance Fiction Factor

Publishing Central

 

Research Sites

Castles on the Web

The Costumer's Manifesto

Historical Sewing

Crime Scene Investigator Network

An Outline of American History ~ From Revolution to Reconstruction...and what happened afterwards

Federal Bureau of Investigation

All About Romance's History & Travel

The History Channel

In Search of Scotland ~ The BBC's Scottish History Page

SpecialOperations.com

 

Writing Help

Ask a librarian...

Digital Librarian

Encyclopedia Britannica

SDL Free Translation

Grammar Slammer

The Internet Public Library

Library Spot

Merriam Webster Word Central

refdesk.com ~ Fact Checker for the Internet

Wordorigins.org

Writer's Digest ~ Write Better - Get Published

Merriam-Webster Online ~ Dictionary, Thesaurus, Spanish-English, Medical

Dictionary.com ~ Sign up for Word of the Day!

GrammarBook.com ~ Sign up for the weekly newsletter.

Metroplex Interests

Billy Bob's Texas ~ The World's Largest Honky Tonk

Stockyards Championship Rodeo

The Cowtown Opry

Stockyards Station

Fort Worth ~ The City of Cowboys & Culture

Mesquite Championship Rodeo

National Cowgirl Hall of Fame

The Fort Worth Zoo

The Texas Rangers

The Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Zoo

Six Flags Over Texas

 

RWA Special Interest Chapters

The Beau Monde

Celtic Hearts Romance Writers ~ Where love and legends come together.

Chick Lit Writers of the World ~ It's all about the attitude.

Faith, Hope, & Love ~ The Inspirational Outreach Chapter of RWA®

From the Heart Romance Writers

Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter

The Golden Network ~ comprised of finalists and winners of the Golden Heart contest

Gothic Romance Writers, Inc.

Hearts Through History Romance Writers

The RWA® Kiss of Death Chapter ~ The place on the Web for the murderously inclined romantics.

Outreach International Romance Writers

Passionate Ink ~ Some Like it Hot

PASIC ~ The Published Authors' Special Interest Chapter of RWA®

Heartbeat ~ An online RWA® chapter for Medical Romance Writers

RWA® Online ~ the first electronic chapter of RWA®

 

Texas RWA Chapters

Austin Romance Writers of America

Dallas Area Romance Authors

East Texas Chapter Romance Writers of America

Heart of Texas Chapter of RWA

Houston Bay Area RWA

Northwest Houston Chapter of the RWA

Red River Romance Writers

San Antonio Romance Authors

West Houston RWA