Last Saturday I was invited to a romance readers luncheon by romance writer Annie Oortman where I picked up a few good tips for writing (and living!) from keynote speakers, Raeanne Thayne and Robyn Carr (who was hysterical btw).
Tips include the following--
1. Your characters need problems. Stories without problems are photo albums, not novels.
2. Write what you love.
3. A novel becomes popular one book, one reader at a time.
4. Don't write about a heroine that's waiting for someone else to save her. And (while we're at it) a woman ought to be the heroine of her own life, not a victim.
Incidentally, Carr is the author of the bestselling Virgin River series, which (she noted) some people call the Vagina River series. (She shoots! She scores!)