Paperback, 130 pages
Published 1994 by Quality of Course
ISBN: 1895492165 (ISBN13: 9781895492163)
Other Editions: None found
Yes, this book is for the romance writer… and I don’t write romance. However, this book came with a bunch of other resource material so I kept it. I finally had the chance to glimpse through it and thought I’d at least break it down for those out there that do write romance stories and are looking for resource materials for this genre. So here goes…
This book is broken up in to eleven chapters: Chapter One: So, You Want To Write A Romance, Chapter Two: Understanding Romance Categories, Chapter Three: Your Romantic Life, Chapter Four: Setting the Mood, Chapter Five: Plotting Your Romance, Chapter Six: Viewpoint in Romantic Fiction, Chapter Seven: Writing Sensual Scenes, Chapter Eight: Dialogue, Chapter Nine: The Satisfying Resolution, Chapter Ten: Preparing Your Submission, and, Chapter Eleven: Phrases for the Romance Writer.
Chapter One, covers what a love story is and the history behind romance writing and what it takes to write a romance novel.
Chapter Two, divides romance writing into categories or what’s called sub-genres of the romance genre. You’ll learn about contemporary romance writing, historical romances and how there are categories within categories such as: sweet romance, erotic romance, Gothic, regency, historical, time travel, paranormal, and young adult romance. Reading what you write is discussed and emphasized in this chapter. The author breaks each one down.
Chapter Three goes over how to prepare for writing romance, inspirations to use for writing romance and how to organize your thoughts right from the start. Tools and equipment is also discussed here too. You’ll learn how to develop your hero or heroine of your story by using thirty-two interview questions. You can also use these for every character in your story to flesh them all out, making them complete and realistic. You’ll learn what to do once your characters are in place. Conflict and resolution is next, including the importance of putting huge obstacles in your characters’ paths. Plot is discussed, using outlining methods, and defined and compared to theme.
Chapter Four, focuses on setting the mood for your story. You’ll learn how there are a few things more important in romance writing than setting the mood. Therefore, setting is focused on and discussed showing how it give authenticity to the story and creates emotional tone. You’ll learn how to choose a setting.
Chapter Five, goes into greater details about plotting your romance. You’ll learn the stages of plotting out a romance novel and how to establish sexual chemistry between the protagonists. Complications/obstacles are reviewed and discussed as to why they are important to your characters’ development and to pushing the story forward. Sexual tensions will be approached again but in greater detail. You’ll learn why romance in Young Adult novels is different from the rest and what must be done differently when plotting out your story. You’ll learn about plot climax and what it causes in your story to happen. You’ll learn where you should put minor conflicts and why, and what the darkest moment reveals. The resolution discussions follows with you learning why this demands your best writing. Pacing is included in this chapter followed by more information regarding outlining.
Chapter Six, moves away from the above and focuses on viewpoint in romantic fiction. Here you’ll discover the different types of point of view you can use.
Chapter Seven, takes you into writing sensual scenes using four general principles that should be common to all sentences. You’ll learn how to plan your sex scenes using several points, one being that every well-written sex scene has a pattern.
Chapter Eight, covers the topic of dialogue, its main purpose and what else it is used for. Your character’s voice is discussed as well as using sexual tension through dialogue. You are given eleven check points to use against what dialogue you’ve written to see if it works the way it’s supposed to.
Chapter Nine goes into writing a satisfying resolution and what doing this successfully entails for each sub-genre of romance writing. You’ll receive suggestions as to what to do after you’ve completed something you’re happy with, and how to make a final check by using a list of suggested questions.
Chapter Ten discusses how to prepare your submission, what’s included, and why editing your manuscript is so important to the process.
Chapter Eleven contains phrases for romance writers to use. This is the best part of the book, I feel. You have descriptive phrases when writing about characters, for example: when describing her body… “an exciting suggestion of fine hips beneath the dress…”
There are at least twenty-four pages filled with phrases for you to use. This is probably why I kept this book, come to think of it, since I don’t write romance novels, but do have romantic elements in some of my novels. This list is quite good. Anyway, this is my overall breakdown of this book and my thoughts. I hope it was helpful to all you romance writers out there.
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