How to Write a Romance

For romance writers and readers alike, How to Write a Romance is a sleek, inventive journal that will inspire you to create love stories that stir the heart, tease the imagination, and touch the soul. Inside this handy diary, you’ll find an introduction and tip sheet compiled by the editors of Avon Books, the premiere romance publisher.
Sharing their wisdom and expertise, the Avon Romance editors guide you through the basic construction of a romance novel and highlight the most common pitfalls to avoid. The pages that follow include 180 prompts touching on every aspect of romance writing: dialogue, character development, scene description, situational entries, and more. Exercise your imagination and skill with such challenges as:
  • Describe your heroine without her having to look in the mirror.
  • Make a list of 5-10 of your hero’s characteristics—be sure to include both good and bad qualities to help clarify how he will react in different situations.
  • Write a scene between two female characters discussing something unrelated to the hero.
  • Write a meet cute in a library.
In addition, renowned bestselling Avon authors such as Eloisa James, Beverly Jenkins, Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, Sarah MacLean, Jennifer Ryan, Lori Wilde, and more, share their own insights and offer words of encouragement, sprinkled throughout the journal in hand-lettered text.
A beautiful keepsake and practical tool that embodies the essence of romance fiction, How to Write a Romance will enflame your passionate and creative spirit!

My Review

Anyone looking into just starting out writing their first romance novel, will find this guide very useful. It is an interactive book. Meant to be written in.

There are many scenario situations posed with a question. It makes you think about how you would handle the situation. Before you know it, you will have written out a whole page or more for your answer. In addition, there are many other pages within this book. Examples: Describe the physical features of your hero and/or heroine, what does the love scene look like, describe the feelings your characters are experiencing, etc.

I love the quotes by the various authors featured throughout this book as well.

"Always remember the why of your love story. Why are these two characters right for each other? Knowing your why will help your readers root for your couple, and keeps them turning the pages." Eva Lewis

"Happy ending are all I can do. I wouldn't know how to write anything else." Julia Quinn

"Even when you're not writing you can be working on your book. Daydreaming counts. I just call that plotting." Sophie Jordan


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