Romance Writing Tips

Writing Good Romance
by guest blogger Terri Forehand

Have you toyed with the idea of writing romance novels? Romance writing is a big portion of book sales, you know, so there is a viable market for your work if you write well. Here is the key, you must construct your story well and have realistic main characters that have a problem along with having a romance threading throughout the story. Girl meets Boy is not enough of a story to keep your reader hooked. There must be a sense of attaining real LOVE.

Today’s reader is sophisticated and wants a more complex storyline. Even young adult romance has a complex storyline to include all kinds of bumps in the road. For example, think of vampires and wolves.

Sexual tension in a romance novel can be blatant and crude or subtle and sweet, depending on the author, the storyline, the publisher, and what the editors find most appropriate. Sometimes a writer must change a scene to accommodate what an editor thinks will sell. The author must be comfortable when writing this into the story and decide beforehand how to treat sexual tension. If an editor asks you to change a scene, you have the final decision on whether you want to make a sweet story into a crude one. Know your own values and what you want your story to say before submitting it.

Christian romance is even more complicated than Girl meets Boy because it will always have a Good versus Evil theme woven throughout the plot. A moral or ethical decision is often added to the complexity of finding the right partner. The sexual tension may be slightly less edgy then other romance tales.

As with any good story, it must have these elements:

• Believable and likeable characters – no reader likes a story when they can’t idea with the character
• Interesting plot – the plot must be believable
• Conflicts – true life conflicts spell “reality”
• A theme – every word of your story should carry the same theme from beginning to end

And above all else ROMANCE. Whether you decide on a sweet and tender romance or old couples falling in love in a nursing home, romantic LOVE must be part of the general picture. There is no romance without true love. When true love ceases to exist, the truly good scenes die. Your reader is expecting romance and if your story is written properly, your reader will feel it and come back for more.

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Ways to Recycle Your Articles (See Below – Mad March Hares)

Reuse those Articles!
by guest blogger, Hope Clark

1. Create an Ebook

Categorize, edit, marry the topics into sections, and voila! An ebook. Give it serious attention, though.
Your posts WILL need editing, trust me. Time tends to show us how our writing has improved, and some topics
get a tad stale in the interim as well. You must keep your material fresh!

2. Create a class

Whether a webinar, conference presentation, podcast or coaching, identify the subjects that address the same topic and see if there isn’t a thread of a theme there. If you have as many posts as I do, you might have multiple classes available in that pile.

3. Fluff them up for recycling

Take your posts and connect them to current events or more recent changes, mantras, fads or lessons. Your
old material takes on new life with the latest added to it.

And you thought your blog posts were just free writing that had no financial worth!

* C. Hope Clark is author of Lowcountry Bribe – A Carolina Slade Mystery, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Bell Bridge Books (www.bellbridgebooks.com). See her author site at www.chopeclark.com . Hope is also editor and founder of FundsforWriters.com (www.fundsforwriters.com) – a writer’s resource recognized by Writer’s Digest Magazine for its 101 Best Websites for Writers for the past eleven years.

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Mad March Hares
by Joe Massingham, Volunteer Coordinator

The expression ‘mad as a March hare’ comes from early European communities that, almost two thousand years ago, observed hares (and probably other animals) when they emerged from winter hibernation leaping and dancing about in the spring sunshine.

Their dancing had a more important role than enjoying the warmth and stretching of their legs. It was, in fact, the first stage of a courting ritual which had the production of offspring as its ultimate goal, thus ensuring their survival and strengthening of particular species. The hares may have seemed mad to a casual onlooker but like most actors in nature’s theater, they had a clear role to play.

In many ways our first steps into the writing world might be similar to the hares’ emergence. We get the urge to write; we twitch and hop, type and scrawl, and generally carry on as though some grand new world anxiously awaits our donation. A few tentative tries may bring the despair of non-success. Where to now in our quest to become a writer?

Well, like the hares, we have to learn. They observe their elders and betters in the hare world. If we do the same in our world, we’ll soon see that would-be authors learn from the more experienced.

Writing interaction may come in adult learning classes or online writing forums. In a world where time seems to be in shorter supply than ever, an online writing course may be a good choice. At Creative Writing Institute, you can work one-on-one with a private tutor. You will learn five times faster under private tutelage and the price will be less than what you would pay for instructor-driven classes where attention is divided among 10 or more students.

Personal feedback is a bit like the hares chewing fresh grass in the spring. Experiment with it. Take a few nibbles and see how you like it. It’s a safe and inexpensive way to learn the craft of writing. Choose your own field to dance in and increase your chances of writing success.

Register for your class today and start it tonight at http://www.creativewritinginstitute.com. Payment plan available at no extra charge. No administrative or registration fee. Check it out.