If you write romance or are thinking of writing romance, I strongly encourage you to check out Romance Writers of America. One of the largest writing organizations in the world, RWA has chapters all over the USA as well as in other countries. By joining RWA, the national organization, you’re eligible to join any of its chapters. If there is no chapter near you, the magic of the Internet and e-mail allows you to become a long-distance member.
Through its chapters, monthly “Romance Writers Report,” and annual conferences, RWA provides a broad spectrum of information on writing, marketing, publishing, and promoting your romance novels.
Many RWA chapters offer critique groups and instruction on how to make critiquing a positive and productive experience. Critique groups can be a huge help, but finding a group that’s a good fit for you is vital. Members of critique groups should nurture and encourage one another with deserved, but not false, praise. Gentle criticism should be accompanied with helpful suggestions.
I can’t begin to measure how much I’ve learned and how many friends I’ve made since joining RWA and my local chapter as well as RWA’s on-line mystery and suspense chapter, Kiss Of Death.
To learn more about RWA, please call (832) 717-5200, Ext. 121 or go to http://www.rwanational.org/.
In addition to joining RWA and any of its chapters, I’ve found reading how-to-write books very helpful. Here are just a few of the books that have helped me:
Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain
Heroes & Heroines Sixteen Master Archetypes by Tami D. Cowden, Caro LaFever, Sue Viders
Writing the Fiction Synopsis A step by step approach by Pam McCutcheon