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Top 10 Resources
January, 2008

Top 10 IN Resourses : Romance
These Resources Will Blow The Keys Right Off Your Board!
By  Sarah E. White

t’s February, and thoughts this time of year turn inevitably turn to romance, passion, love and writing. Check out the top ten resources for romance writers, in no particular order:

Romantic Times
Click on “writers” to find a wealth of information, advice and research. You can find essays, pointers on historical research, or ask a question to the resident historical expert. The site hosts a book club and magazine, so you can get your reading fix as well as learn about your genre.

Romance at Heart
Full of author interviews and book reviews, this site also offers chats, contests and free online reads. The site also features an extensive list of publishers, both print and electronic, with links to all, and a forum that provides news on contests, tips, advice and a place to talk about works in progress.

All About Romance
This site bills itself as about romance writers on writing romance. There are interviews on the craft here from authors from Jennifer Cruise to Linda Howard (with a searchable archive), reports on Romance Writers of America conferences dating back to 1996, historical cheat sheets, chat boards and tons more to explore.

eHarlequin—Learn to Write
This year the excellent writers’ site at Harlequin is devoted to helping aspiring writers produce a finished book in a year, with monthly articles to help you plot, write and edit your masterpiece (and assumedly submit it to one of Harlequin’s lines). The site also offers writing exercises, submission samples and essays.

Romance Writers of America
Of course no list of the best of the romance web would be complete without mention of the Romance Writers of America, the largest romance writing organization. You’ll find links to local chapters and author web sites. You can’t get to most of the good stuff unless you’re a member, but if you write romance you will want to be a member.

Heart of Denver Romance Writers
Luckily some RWA member sites are more open than the parent organiz- tion, for example this site, which offers more than 160 articles on the craft of romance writing, from tips on inspirational romance to writing love scenes. Also gives information on the authors and how to join this active RWA group.

Romance Central
A great resource for contests and calls for submissions, this site also offers a writers’ workshop, forums, reviews, links to authors’ web sites and other links. Though some links seem to be disabled and others are only available to members, there is still much useful to be found in the threads here.

Charlotte Dillon
With information on manuscript formatting, building characters and contacting publishers and agents, this site is a one-stop source for all those things you always wanted to know about getting into publishing but didn’t know who to ask. There’s also information of writing queries and synopses, prompts, FAQs, articles and research links.

This is the site for people interested in writing or reading category romance. It offers information on the major category lines as well as articles, workshops, links to editors and other resources and a glossary so if you don’t know what category romance is or how to write it you can find your way.

The Romance Club
A great site to get involved in if you’re already published as a romance author, this site is heavy on promotion and offers a newsletter to keep romance junkies informed what their featured writers are up to. Also has a writers’ guide section with tips, services and links to RWA sites.

To gain free access to all of the writing resources, register at or, if you are already registered, log in to the database at
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Sarah E. White is a freelance writer and editor living in Arkansas. She is the author of “Doing the Write Thing: The Easy Way to Self-Edit” She can be reached at

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Writer’s Block
The path to inspiration starts
Upon the trails we’ve known;
Each writer’s block is not a rock,
But just a stepping stone.

Poetry Is Not
Penned to the page
Waiting for us to admire.
It is only a lonely thought
Caught by tears on fire.

Silent Echoes
A quiet rhyme upon a page
Is what a poet gives;
Some gentle words whispered in trust
To see if memory lives.

Bard From Deadlines
What makes a poem finally work
Is not the time it takes;
It’s how the poet used the muse
To prophet from mistakes.

Be Mused
The art and craft of poetry
Are not so far apart;
The craft comes from the cunning,
The rest comes from the heart.

Fine Vintage
Don’t plant your poem on the page
As though you’re hanging drapes;
It’s shape and flow should come and grow
Like wild summer grapes.

Getting It Write
Writers write what they know best,
Their passions, fears, and dreams;
Writers rarely write about
What other call their “themes.”

Double Vision
A writer’s life is paradox,
It’s more than what it seems;
We write of our reality,
The one inside our dreams.

The echo of a promise,
The thunder of a sigh,
The music of a memory,
A child asking why.

Letter Perfect
Twenty six symbols arranged on a page
Can send a soul to heaven or torment it with rage,
Can free a fragile world or hold it in its net--
The power and the magic of the mighty alphabet.

The Write of Passage
The jump from writing just for fun
To getting paid for it
Begins when you first realize
You know you’ll never quit.

It is not the magic of his wings
That sets us free from our bond.
It is the muse within ourselves
That lets our words lift us beyond.

Photo Poet
Consider your mind the darkroom,
Consider your life the lens,
Consider your eye the camera
On whose focus the poem depends.

Rising Moon
A poem is a rising moon
Shining on the sea,
An afterglow of all we know,
Of all we hope to be.

Star Light
Writing a poem,
Reaching a star,
In making good art
We find who we are.

Spider Web
A poem is a spider web
Spun with words of wonder,
Woven lace held in place
By whispers made of thunder.

The final draft upon the screen,
At last my poem’s through;
A verse of only four short lines--
I rewrote twenty-two!

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