Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Writing Tip Wednesday: Writing Advice from Cynthia D'Alba

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesday! The fun and fabulous Cynthia D’Alba is visiting this week and sharing her advice for writers. I couldn't agree with her more!

Why Do I Need Writing Organizations?

I love talking with aspiring writers. When I started writing, if only I’d know then what I know now! If you’re reading this, you might be writing romance, but you might be writing mystery, sci-fi, or any of many different genre fiction categories. You know what writing is like. You sit either in front of a computer with your fingers on the keys, or with a paper tablet and a pen in your hand, and you create. You tell a story. It’s you, all alone, writing and creating this tale to entertain others.

Creating a world with its characters and setting is hard work. It takes effort to transfer a fictional world from your brain, where it’s alive and colorful, into words to share with others so that they too see your world and watch your characters act out their parts.

I live in the town where I grew up. I have women that I have been friends with since the first grade. And I have eight other women that I have been friends with since seventh grade. And others since high school. They all work, have families, go to church but none of them are writers. As much as they support me in my writing, they simply don’t have a clue what goes into storytelling. The same is true of my family. None of them “get” it.

Now other writers? They “get” it. They understand the frustration, the depression when things aren’t going well, the elation when it is. Other writers can talk the business, sympathize about royalties and understand that writing a book doesn’t mean you’ll be rolling in the dough.

Writers pass along tips they’ve learned, or industry news and gossip that can help your career. You’ve written a great book and you’ve decided publisher XYZ is a perfect fit, only to hear that XYZ is floundering. Their authors are not being paid on time. Authors are jumping ship. You would never had heard about that from your non-writing friends.

So where do you find all these supportive and helpful fellow authors? For me, it was Romance Writers of America®, aka RWA®. My monthly meeting is like a lifeline for my sanity. I’m in a room with people who get “me” and my work.

If you’re trying to do this (i.e. writing) all alone, stop. Find a group of fellow authors. Go to See if there is a chapter near you. Go visit. You’ll find your people there.

No RWA chapter? Look for a genre fiction writers group. They are everywhere. Still can’t find one? Post a note to Twitter or Facebook. There are yahoo groups, Facebook groups, private online writers’ communities. Writer communities can really make a difference in your writing career. Use them. A writer’s life is hard enough. Take any advantage you can.

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Cynthia D'Alba started writing on a challenge from her husband in 2006 and discovered having imaginary sex with lots of hunky men was fun. She was born and raised in a small Arkansas town. After being gone for a number of years, she's thrilled to be making her home back in Arkansas living in a vine-covered cottage on the banks of an eight-thousand acre lake. When she's not reading or writing or plotting, she's doorman for her two dogs, cook, housekeeper and chief bottle washer for her husband and slave to a noisy, messy parrot. She loves to chat online with friends and fans.

You can find her most days at one of the following online homes:

Facebook: Facebook/cynthiadalba
Twitter: @cynthiadalba
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Thanks so much for visiting, Cynthia! I love having other writers to talk to and don't know what I'd do without my local RWA chapter.

Mellanie Szereto
Romance...With A Kick!


  1. I absolutely agree with this, and professional friends can be such GOOD friends!

  2. I probably would have quit this writing gig a long time ago with the support of my writer friends!

  3. Not a writer but great post Cynthia! anything that helps me understand an author is beneficial to me :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Delene!

    2. I was surprised last night when I opened up the Texas Bossa Nova release party to questions...ask me anything. ALL of the questions were pretty much about writing or what I do when I'm not writing! Readers do have an interest in how authors work.