Writing...How To Write Paranormal Romance- 7 Tips To Remember

What is paranormal romance?

As a sub-genre of the romance novel, the paranormal romance stands out using the classic element of the romance story board, with a twist of speculative fiction in the form of the scientifically unexplainable.

Touching on themes ranging from fantasy, science fiction and horror, with its roots firmly in a gothic past, paranormal romance is now more mainstream with characters ranging from human to vampires, ghosts, lycans (shape shifters) witches, demons and more.

One of the most common traits of paranormal romance is the blending of the "real" world with that of a supernatural or fantastical. The growing romance is generally but not always between a human and an "other" (vampire, werewolf, etc.)

but paranormal romance can cover more than just the obvious, Time travel adventures with a romantic plot, human physic’s, Ghosts and even affairs with aliens can fall under this genre.

What is paranormal romance to you?

Award winning paranormal romance author Christine Feehan


"To me, paranormal is something out of the ordinary. Something extraordinary. When I pick up a book that is paranormal, I know I'm in for a surprise. It might be another world or a ghost or a shapeshifter, it might be the occult or the magic of legends. The one and only thing I will know for certain when I open that book is that it will be different. I love that element of surprise and I'm always willing to go where the author takes me. They won't all be perfect, but there will be something there, something magical that will transport me to the world of the extraordinary. That's what paranormal means to me personally."

Award winning paranormal romance author Sherrilyn Kenyon


"Define "Paranormal", eh? Well, the Webster's dictionary defines paranormal as "not scientifically explainable". In publishing, the term has come to mean anything "other" than normal (brides, babies, cowboys, dukes, rakes, pirates). For publishing purposes Paranormal is a blanket term that covers an entire range of not necessarily related types of stories. Futuristic and SF romance and all sorts of fantasy romance, -- time travel, angels, devils, fairies, vampires, reincarnation, psychics, etc -- are published under the label of paranormal. Me, I call it "The Weird Stuff" with pride, and get a great kick out of reading and writing"

Writing Paranormal Romance fiction.

The romance Genre is one of the biggest and most popular out of all the genres in fiction.

And at the moment the Genre of paranormal romance is experiencing its highest popularity in its history. This means two things to us as romance writers.

1. That the editors of a lot publishing companies are looking for these themed stories.

2. There is a lot of competition in this genre, be it in teen romance or mature readers a lot of writers are now angling their writing to this genre.

So there a few things we writers need to focus on to make sure that our writing not only fits the genre, but is as strong as we can make it.

By finding originality in your writing, creating a solid believable mythology and creating strong characters with realistic conflicts to overcome and you will find yourself well and truly on the path of completing your paranormal novel

7 Tips To Writing Paranormal Romance


1. Originality in your writing

In a genre where the competition is so high, your paranormal romance needs to be as original as you can make it. Follow the rules of the romance genre, but create an original concept.

One of the reasons that Ann Rice, was so popular when she was first discovered was that her vampires where different, for a start, her story p.o.v was given from the vampires take on the world and what was happening. It worked very well for her, as not many authors had taken that approach at that time.

This same concept is needed today. Read what is being published, know the genre first and then make your plot as original as you can.

2. Mythology-create a solid mythology

When dealing with paranormal there a lot of things that we all know about some critters. Like Vampires don’t do sunlight and werewolves are allergic to silver, but the joy of fiction is that we as authors are gods of our worlds and the mythology created within our plots.

We can rewrite our vampires completely as Sherrilyn Kenyon did in her dark hunter series or Stephanie Myer with the twilight books. Both authors gave new views on an old idea, while touching only lightly on the traditional vampire lore.


No matter what your paranormal story is about take the time to write the mythology of your vampires, werewolves or whatever else has taken your fancy. Create a file filled with information, make it as detailed as you can.

Where did they come from?

What powers do they have?

What weakness?

How many of them exist in the world?

What sort of society do they have?

How do they hide from normal humans/mortals?

What laws do they have?

How do they survive?

Do they as a species have any natural enemies?


Sometimes you will find that you won’t need to use all the information that you gather, but by writing it out and researching it fully you be able to add layers to your supernaturals that may even surprise you.


this file or notebook, will be invaluable to you as a writer, you will find yourself returning to it again and again updating it and using it as way to keep your story and characters consistent. 

note, sometimes less information is more, when dealing with the paranormal, so many readers have their own ideas on what supernatural's are and what they can do, so by simply touching on your changes or mythology they may fill in the rest themselves.

A great site to check out on this is

3. A strong Female heroine.

A trend that I am happy to see growing is the stronger female lead, often just as skilled as the hero with talents that compliment his. The strong female lead doesn’t have to a ball busting werewolf, to be a strong character. She can be anything from a high school student to shy store keeper, but to be a strong feminine lead, she needs to be able to challenge the hero, to surprise him and possibly be the one who saves him in the end.

The paranormal romance gives our heroine a little bit more room to move then other genres, it is for example more acceptable for your strong female character to act more aggressively (werewolf or not) she can be cunning and downright ruthless, as long as it’s for a good cause. (Protecting a loved one, hunting down a killer etc.)

Strong doesn’t always mean physically buff, it can be her personality, her talents her choices in hard situations, how she deals with the conflict around her.

If you make your female lead a physically fit, capable, ball busting modern chick, don’t forget to keep her feminine with all the vulnerabilities of the rest of us have, keep her identifiable, a good example of this is Joss Weddons Buffy character, savior of mankind strong and physically able to best most super naturals in an arm wrestle yet so very vulnerable when it came to her love life and family, with all the insecurities of the next girl.

The damsel in distress still has its place in paranormal romance, but by growing such a character into a stronger personality you may hold your readers interest longer, personal growth is sometimes need to overcome some conflicts in life and this can be a great tool in your writing.


Tips for writing a strong female character

1. History,

Write out her full history, from childhood to the start of your novel, the events in our lives shape us as individuals and the same is true with your characters. Make notes, short stories or interviews about the major defining events in her life. write out any fears they may have, personality flaws and quirks, don’t forget their skills and abilities , you will find her forming more and more in your mind which will translate directly to your writing.

 (Keep this with your files and notes so that you can add to it as you write your novel it can be a fabulous resource.)


2. Empathize

Be your characters, all writers endeavor to do this to some point with their characters, but to write truly convincing characters, you must feel the moment in the books and use your own experience no matter how embarrassing or ugly then you can add a new level of depth and realism to your character, which your readers will respond to.


3. Weak can become strong

even the strongest ball busting character has vulnerabilities, don’t be afraid to show your strong heroine having a moment a weakness, it’s through these moments that true inner strength can be found, barriers lowered and honesty reached.

don’t forget to keep her feminine with all the vulnerabilities of the rest of us have, keep her identifiable, a good example of this is Joss Weddons Buffy character, savior of mankind strong and physically able to best most super naturals in an arm wrestle yet so very vulnerable when it came to her love life and family, with all the insecurities of the next girl.

Well balanced characters are needed no matter the genre that you are writing for, don’t be afraid to give your character’s some flaws, no one is perfect but that is the beauty of love is it not?


4. Hero!

The paranormal romance hero can be a brooding vampire with intense eyes, or he could be a beautiful fallen angel, but there are a few factors that need to be remembered when writing your paranormal hero

  1.  Stand out

Generally speaking the paranormal hero is good looking if not drop dead gorgeous, he can be ugly but there MUST be something about him that instantly draws the female lead to him, and lust is a great motivator (even when we don’t want it to be)

Give your hero some solid sex appeal, don’t be shy creating the attraction for reader and heroine alike. It’s one of the reasons so many people read paranormal romance, happy to lose themselves in a sexy escape from their everyday lives.

2. Supernatural

More often than not the hero himself is of some supernatural or paranormal bend, adding to his dark charm and mystery. But no matter how dark your hero is, there should be some deep inner good that the heroine sees.

3. Violence

The hero should rarely be cruel, unless unusually pushed and should always overcome any compulsion in the long term. Even if your hero starts out evil, the violence he commits should be understood by the reader, empathy is hard to create for your romantic hero if your reader doesn’t like him.

The hero should only be really violent to protect those weaker than themselves or defense of himself. If he is taking the initiative and leading an attack it should for some greater good, he is after all meant to be the hero.

5. Conflict and villains

Conflict is a big part of any story but even more so when writing paranormal romance.

From the common conflicts of two personalities, dealing with the supernatural world and the conflict of events it can be a busy time for the characters of your novel. But without conflict, your reader has no motivation to see what happens next and may lose interest in your story.

Types of conflict


this is the personal side of your story, take away the events and the supernatural elements and you are still left with two people trying to work out a relationship, to see if what they feel is real and dealing with the personal consequences of what it means.



This conflict arises from their differences in worlds and perceptions, be it a human meeting a vampire, or an angel falling in love with demon. The situation may be unpleasant to them or others, it may be more than one of them can accept. The possibilities go on...


Event conflict

Event conflict can bring the two characters together against their will in first place,  forcing two sworn eneimes to work together or tearing characters apart.

This sort of conflict is external and the characters have no real control over these events that happen,   they can only react and do their best to overcome the situations that are thrown at them. Generally having to find a way to work together to win the day


Villains in paranormal romance are a great way to introduce conflict on few different levels, depending on the motivations of your bad guy.

The villain is generally darker and more powerful than the hero; he is more violent, seductive and cruel. Generally willing to do and kill whatever he has to, to achieve his goal.

He is the symbol of the evil that your characters struggle against, his defeat generally heralding the beginning of a happy ending.

By using conflict, you provide yourself with several plot starters, and ways to keep your story moving, it is a vital tool that should never be underated.

6. Violence

When writing the violence for your paranormal romance never lose sight of your target audience, most romance readers these days don’t mind violence, if it fits the scene. Gore and blood should only be used if it adds to the scene, to the message you are trying to convey. Be careful with its use so it adds to the story not distracts.

When writing your violence for your paranormal romance, sometimes less is more.

Imply where you can and save for the full description for the major important moments of the scene. Your reader has an imagination and sometimes it can fill in the spaces even better than you may expect

7. still needs a happily ever after

Even though you’re writing about supernatural themes, keep in mind that you are writing romance, and a key element of romance is the happily ever after ending. By the end of your novel, despite whatever hardships and adversity your characters have experienced and overcome the reader still wants to know that everything worked out in the end. That the characters are more deeply in love than ever and that their future looks bright.

A new trend occurring more often than not is the happily ever after for now, ending, where the reader knows there will be another book to follow on, but still gets the well rounded happy ending at the end of book one . Even knowing that more trouble will come the characters are strong in their relationship, ready for whatever comes their way, there needs to some tangible foreseeable future for the two love birds to be together to keep the readers of romance interested.

For more on elements needed in romance, check out my article


So many genres now come under the heading of romance,
If your unsure what genre your novel falls under then it's a great idea to go to some publishers websites and read their guidelines, most have a submission page that you can view easily.

I've added a link below to give you an idea on some of these websites

happy writing :)

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Setharion 6 years ago from Australia

You may have inspired me to write again. I used to write a long time ago in my much younger days. Thanks for some tips I could benefit from there :-) I could only wonder what sort of tale I might produce. Thanks again

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nighthag 6 years ago from Australia Author

inspiration can strike anywhere at anytime :) i am glad to have possibly been the reason to reawaken your muse :)

thanks so much for stopping by, would love to hear that you started writing again :)

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Mandeeadair 5 years ago from California

wow! I love this hub. Thank you!!

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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

thank you, I am so glad that you found it useful :)

Happy writing!

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epigramman 5 years ago

...well this has to be the definitive hub experience on 'paranormal romance' - and it's a specific genre that I think you so excel in when I read some of your poetry - no one quite writes like you when it comes to werewolves and other creatures of the night like night shift workers like me - lol lol - and that's exactly where I will be going in the next hour - to literally work the graveyard shift in the company dungeon - and luckily your writing has toughened me up for this experience I do on a nightly basis ......

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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

thank you so much, that is high praise coming from a writer such as yourself, I have had a love of both reading and writing paranormal romance for sometime, and wanted to share the things that have worked at me, in the hope that it may help others looking at this genre...

I truly hope that your trip to the company dungeon isn't to torturous, good luck :)

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RichERich1175 5 years ago

I honestly...from the bottom-of-my-heart, loved this hub!! I had no idea that paranormal romance was a genre at all. I find the mythology behind vampires, lycans, you name it...fascinating. Thank you muchly for the tips on writing as well...you had me at paranormal :.)

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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

I too am a Huge fan of vampires, lycans etc, have been most of my life, so sharing this was a joy as it enabled me to put my research together in one place and share what has worked for me with others, like yourself who share the same passion for the supernatural as I do.

Thank you so much, I am thrilled that you found this useful :)

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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

Hi nighthag. I just wrote you a long comment and somehow it went away. I basically said that I thought you did a fabulous job on informing us on how to write this paranormal romance. I also wonder why this genre is becoming so popular these days...Just thinking out loud. Thanks for a great hub.

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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thank you so much, Having loved this genre for so long, I think its sudden popularity stems from the harry potter franchise amongst teenagers, a lot of those teenagers are now young adults whose favorite fiction included magic and a hidden world within our own, which is basically what a lot of paranormal romance contains, add twilight to the mix and we have the sudden interest in what once was a small sub genre of the romance world.

Thank you so much again, Its always a pleasure to hear that other writers have found this useful in someway, thank you :)

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Saloca 5 years ago from Liverpool, UK

Thank you! Very helpful!

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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

I am so very glad that you found it useful :)

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anusha15 5 years ago from Delhi, India

I think Paranormal romance will come to the aid of an author to describe feelings which are too intense to feature in our boring - "not supernatural" world :)

Nice Tips.

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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

I totally agree with you :) I am glad that you liked the ideas and tips here thanks for the read

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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

I am working right now on an Urban Fantasy and have some paranormal romances lined up for the future. My goal is to become a published and loved Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy author one day. Thank you for this informative hub. I truly enjoyed it, and to tell you the truth, I have used all of these tips in my novel that I'm developing already...so maybe I'm on the right track! :)

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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

I wish you nothing but good luck with your writing, having read a small tibet of what you have posted here I am sure you will do very well within the genre and I look forward to reading more of your work!

Thanks for reading over this, I am glad that you enjoyed it :)

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RalphGreene 5 years ago

WOW!They are great ideas! I enjoyed reading this hub. Thanks.

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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks :) I'm thrilled that you got something from it

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Elizabeth Hayl 5 years ago from Midwest, USA

Very useful and interesting! I enjoyed reading this! Thanks for posting it!

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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

I am really glad that you enjoyed it, I can only hope that it might have helped somewhat in your creative journey

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Daniella Lopez 5 years ago from Arkansas

Great hub! Thanks for the useful tips! Voted up!

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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

thank you so much! I am thrilled that these tips where of some use to you :)

jenn911 4 years ago

im hoping this will help, ive started to write again and absolutely love paranormal romance novels. Going to give it a try.

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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

It is always a pleasure to hear from other writers who have found this page helpful :)

I wish you all the luck in the world with your creative venture :)

Arabella 4 years ago

As an aspiring author of paranormal romance I have a question for all other lovers of the genre. Obviously paranormal romance has to have strong supernatural elements but is it necessary for either the hero or heroine to be supernatural themselves? Do they always have to be a vampire/werewolf/fairy/ghost etc. Can paranormal romance have a human hero and a human heroine finding their love story in a paranormal world?

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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

I dont see why not, while the popular thing at the moment is to have our heros be supernatural, it would be an original idea to keep them human, in a dark setting filled with supernatural.

Publishers and readers alike are always looking for something fresh and new.

I would say go for it...

FallenVampiress 4 years ago

Nice tips. They have really shown me how to improve my writing and I cant wait to use some of what I ha

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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

So glad that you found this useful and I really hope that some of the advice here helps in your creative pursuits :)

Thanks for stopping in

Auralea 4 years ago

This was really helpful... I'm writing a novel and feel as though this gave me a new lease

kay36 4 years ago

Thank You for your tips and advice. I have been trying to write a paranormal book for a long time and realize I am no where what people want. When people read my book I want them to see it as it was a movie going off in their head. A movie that they can not turn off. Thank You

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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author


I'm so glad that this has inspired you:)

It can at times be hard to hold onto our dreams in such a busy world!

I wish you all the best

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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author


Oh I know that want all to well :)

I'm thrilled to have been able to help, and I'm sure that you will find your path the first step is knowing what your readers want and expect then trying to find a fresh way to surprise them

I wish you all the luck on the world:)

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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

thank you so very much Beth :)

I am glad you enjoyed this hub and even happier that it may inspire you to read more of my writing, there is no greater thrill for me as a writer :)

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HaleyMCruz 4 years ago from California

I took this hub very seriously...you really made me think in ways I haven't thought of before, and it was very refreshing. You'd make a great teacher of this stuff, and since I'm a college student trying to learn the tricks of the trade (of writing) now I can really appreciate what you're trying to say here. Voted up, and totally plan to refer to this hub in the future ;)

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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

Its always a pleasure to share what I have learned with others so I am more than thrilled that you found something fresh in here that you could use in your own writing. thanks so much for the compliments and the votes up, I wish you nothing but the best with your writing :)

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AhalitaMoonfire 4 years ago from Ohio

I love this, and I think I use the helpful information in my writing.

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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Nighthag, this is wonderful! Great tips and hints on a very interesting genre! Voted up and shared.

Lynn S. Murphy 4 years ago

Wonderful tips that I believe I'll let the pros employ them and just relax and enjoy the fruits of their labors. I love both of the authors you quoted and honestly they can't write fast enough for me.

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carlossalinas 4 years ago from San Antonio, T.X.

Great informative hub, I learned something!

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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author


I am thrilled to have been able to help your writing in some way, I have been a big fan of the paranormal romance for many years so its always a thrill to pass on what I have learnt to others along the way

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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author


thank you so much for the votes and sharing this along it means a lot coming from a writer I enjoy so much :)

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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

Lynn S. Murphey

I have to agree with you Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon are fantastic authors of this genre and I too get lost in their many wonderful tales. Thanks for your visit its always a joy to meet others who are solid fans of my favorite genre

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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author


I am so glad that you enjoyed your visit and took something useful away from it :)

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A great hub.


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

Thank you so much I am glad that you got something from it :)

whowas 4 years ago

Hi nighthag (love your hubhandle, by the way!)

This is a genuinely useful and accurate introduction to the fundamental elements of the paranormal romance and must surely be of great use to anyone interested in having a stab at the genre. You've pretty much covered everything.

I have (under a pseudonym - don't ask, that's why I used a pseudonym!) published some romance fiction before and plenty of speculative stuff. This makes me wonder if I couldn't at some point combine the two. Interesting ideas here and, as you say, if you can cut the cloth of originality in which to dress your paranormal romance, there's a buck to be made here, too.

Great hub - thank you!

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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

I am so glad to hear that this hub got you thinking, and may even have helped inspire an idea or two for your writing, there is no greater compliment than that!

Thank you very much for your kind and thoughtful comment, it is always good to get feedback from other writers, thank you for taking the time

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Dan Barfield 4 years ago from Gloucestershire, England, UK

Great comprehensive advice. I think, after reading this, I'm going to have to give paranormal romance a go. It is a genre I haven't tried to write in before and the challenge of engaging with something out of my comfort zone appeals to me. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

wafiyyahkajira 4 years ago

For years now I 've had a pull in my heart telling me I could write a paranormal romance book. The characters are screaming at me to let them out.

Back in my teenage years I used to write short stories for True Confession and the such but over the many many years I lost focus on how good it felt to just write. I write privately, just thoughts for myself but didn't think I knew where to beging to write my own novel. I grew up reading Harliquin and Steven King. So this feels only natural and besides...It's one of my favorite genre now.

Thank you so very much for the great tips and teaching me how to begin to get these characters out of my head and on paper.

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Life Iz Beautiful 4 years ago from India

Loved it! You expertly covered all the points required for a nice hot paranormal brew! Will try to write something in this genre using all your tips. Thanks for sharing with us.

Voted useful and tweeting...:)

Have a nice day...

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nighthag 3 years ago from Australia Author

Dan Barfield

I am a big believer in challenging ourselves with our writing, so I think it's marvellous that this has inspired you to write in new genre, I am sure you will the journey

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nighthag 3 years ago from Australia Author


There is nothing like following your passion, even through its a lot of work there is a joy that fills us as we release the creativity that's bursting to get out ,

I am thrilled and honoured to have inspired you to pick up your pen again and follow your muse down this wonderful path

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nighthag 3 years ago from Australia Author

Life iz beautiful

I am do glad that you enjoyed this, it was a lot of fun to put together and I often reread it myself to kick start my muse when in a lull

Thanks so much for the votes and sharing it on I really hope it inspires you to write something new and fresh for yourself

Ausseye 3 years ago

Hi Nightwag: Wow if anyone can write a guide to paranormal protocol you have just done it. You have covered my clan and I feel you have done it justice, mind you us dark characters in history would find dim justice in a court where Marie Antoinette of “let them eat Cake fame” would find the Lamington lament just a tiny bit. Just a though about paranormal , isn’t that forever? The universe has something like 10 to the power of 68 to go, and that hamburger might throw up a few more characters, the world is but a moment in the passage of time. Normal is a paradigm, time is unimaginable!!! Your hub is awesome and my coffin is more than a cough!!!

Ausseye 3 years ago

Hi NightLag: That is something like 10 to the power of 75 seconds , travelling very parallel to infinite. Now see what paranormal has done to love, made it impossible.

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nighthag 3 years ago from Australia Author

Ah Ausseye

You do leave such colourful comments :)

I am glad you enjoyed this!!! I love the paranormal genre and I can only hope to find a path to forever....

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nighthag 3 years ago from Australia Author

Love is never impossible and it can change the power of the universe

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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

Outstanding information. Great Hub! Very Useful. Thank You.

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nighthag 3 years ago from Australia Author


I am so glad you found this to be helpful, I simply love the paranormal genre and all that goes into creating just the right elements needed

Thank for stopping by :)

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kirutaye 3 years ago from London, UK

I'm in the process of completing my first full-length paranormal romance novel and your tips come in really handy. Thank you.

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nighthag 3 years ago from Australia Author

I am do glad these tips have helped!

It can be so hard to stay focused when writing so well done on completing your novel... How exciting !!!

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carter06 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

This is great info nighthag..I'm not a writer of Paranormal fiction but am toying with the idea for a new book and your hub has helped a lot..Just read another aussie, Paula Westons 'Shadows' & 'Haze' YA books..amazingly unputdownable!!!

Where abouts in Oz are you? east or west coast? Oh and btw have bookmarked this for later use..so good!


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nighthag 3 years ago from Australia Author


so nice to have you visit, I am so glad that this has helped in your create process, that's all I ever wanted from sharing this :) so I am thrilled you found it useful.

I live on the east coast of Australia I haven't read Paula Weston but after that glowing review I may have to look her up

Good luck with your new novel :)

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MaeMG 3 years ago

Amazing information here! As a writer of this genre, it opened my eyes again to the details of what make this genre great and also what I need to emphasize more of. I'm glad I came across this. Definitely sharing! Voted up for useful, awesome, and interesting! :)

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nighthag 3 years ago from Australia Author

I am so glad that you found this useful, its amazing how often I refer to this for a quick reminder on what I already know but can lose sight of so easily,

thanks so much for the votes up and share on I really do get a thrill when others find something useful in what I can share :)

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Georgie Lowery 3 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

I just Googled "how to write a paranormal romance" and your page is the number one result. Good work and great tips, thank you for sharing them! :)

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nighthag 3 years ago from Australia Author

Thank you so much Georgie

I have a deep passion for the genre and wanted to share what I had learnt

I truly hope that it helps you in your creative journey

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Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

Really helpful hub and good advice. This is my genre of choice and I am currently in the building stage of my paranormal world. Great hub.

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nighthag 2 years ago from Australia Author

I am really glad that you enjoyed this, I simply love sharing what I have learned with others,

I look forward to visiting your hubs and wish you all the luck in the world with your paranormal romance :)

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limpet 2 years ago from London England

Having just returned from the national goth convention in Whitby i caught up again with a lecturer in gothic fiction being interviewed on BBC television explaining or debunking some of the stereotypes on goth. We have in the morning commuter paper a cartoon character called Nemi (by Lise) Nemi is a stark raving goth with an ironic sense of humour and a non conventional attitude toward life in general. As an escapist i am an enthusiast of states of mind such as Atlantis, Utopia, the lands visited in Gullivers travels, Xanadu, and so on and on. For villains i aspire to mercenaries, thugs and triads of course are all defeated in the end . Anti heroes instead of the hero and my leading Ladies are always witches, priestess or warriors with a destiny to fullfil.

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nighthag 2 years ago from Australia Author

ah nothing like the taste of true inspiration, grab hold of it and run with it!

with so much rich source material already out there its truly a wonderful journey to see where our own imaginations will take us, what stories are buried deep that want to be not only written but retold :) hold tight to your villains and anti heroes they ARE a lot of fun to work with, and often their stories will craft themselves for you

I wish you all the luck in the world with your adventures and hope that this article help even a little bit to get you started :)

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limpet 2 years ago from London England

I thought i had 'seen it all' until i took a short train journey out of olde London towne into the hills near Oxford where i discovered my secret place. It is a wooded dell that appears 'cut off' from the outside world but is steeped in history dating back to the ice age. Some folk (mainly Women) conduct a spirituality workshop here in which we all participate in sharing our talents for the good cause. We are extremely lucky to have this tranquil landscape to practice as a lot of trauma is about the vicinity. A hundred years ago the Suffragettes were on hunger strikes and being brutilised and before that Quakers needed to meet illegaly to practice their faith and even worse 8 martyres were burnt at the stake in 1542 for the crime of reading the bible.

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nighthag 2 years ago from Australia Author


i am so glad that you have found such a wonderful place to practice your craft, so full of history and i am sure the stories are both heartbreaking and inspiring. we live in such a privileged world that we simply take for granted

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limpet 2 years ago from London England

It's a holiday weekend and i am on the first train out of Marylebone for the Chiltern hills. Actually i can take inspiration from right around where i am currently lodging. There is a pub called the Eagle in City Road that inpired the rhymme 'Pop goes the weasel' and the St Leonards Church has the bells of Shoreditch from 'Oranges and lemons' rhymme. I've just got time to drop into The olde curiosity shoppe of Charles Dickens. Yes it is still standing.

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limpet 2 years ago from London England

I'm in the Chilterns now. The view from the train prior to alighting was very dense woodland and undergrowth and there is a very constant drizzle which should be conducive to an adventurous stay. This particular vicinity produced two famous writers, the poet John Milton whose cottage still remains and Enid Blyton of Noddy fame.

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nighthag 2 years ago from Australia Author

I have to say that your trip sounds fabulous! what a joy it must be to be able to walk along those same paths as some of the greats and to have your own imagination stir and soar by it all. I truly hope that your creative journey is as rich as your physical one has become.

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limpet 2 years ago from London England

The anti climax of my trip away was the rapid return journey to London

by train. Each year during Heritage week the Metropolitan railways run steam locomotives and vintage carriages through there. Very nostalgic. You've reminded me Nighthag in the heading banner of your hub of bats silouetted by the moon. Here in 'Blighty' the Bat is a creature protected by Law and every time a construction company discovers a bat colony then work on site ceases forthwith. The nearest bat colony to where i reside is in an abondoned railway tunnel up in the 'spooky' Highgate hills. Acces for people is barred, there has got to be hundreds of bats in that tunnel. Highgate village is rather 'Gothic' in it's architecture and the cemetary has got Karl Marx. Fortunatly the Highgate cemetary Vampyre is only the imagination of a 1970 s Sunday newspaper.

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nighthag 2 years ago from Australia Author

sounds like a wonderful trip :)

I certainly hope that it has given you inspiration to get some writing done just reading about all your wonderful moments has certainly inspired me again, which is wonderful :)

your trip alone and some of those places that you have seen would make for a great article if you ever felt so inclined, i know I would love to see any photos you might have to share

I wish you much luck in your writing journey and hope you have many more great trips like this one

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limpet 2 years ago from London England

Well then how is this for 'paranormal'? Quite a while ago i discovered a woodland burial site in the vicinity of my usual haunts (oh yes it's run by a corporation) but as i don't have any living next of kin now i decided to register for a burial plot for when the inevitable comes.Complte with a bio degradable wicker coffin and in this way we are giving something back to nature. I'm ascertaining who i'll be sharing the afterlife with and William Penn the founder of U.S. state Pennsylvania and his wife repose not very far from here. Nighthag, i'd like to recommend a short story to you but i've only read one review so far. The Levels by Peter Benson which is set in the English county of Somerset (where there has just been disasterous flooding). Set in a unique geographical location legends of King Arthur and the holy grail, Wyches, Druids and sacred sites. It's about a boy's coming of age, a haunted house, a Bohemian type mother and her daughter and the departure of innocent rural life. The levels is on the level.

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nighthag 2 years ago from Australia Author


sounds all very fascinating, I am sure to look up the short story and see what has inspired such eagerness :)

I do dig on the biodegradable wicker coffin take, there are always ones that allow your ashes to be mixed with some kind of compost and have a tree planted so those that choose to, can live on in a tree for all the future generations to enjoy ...

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limpet 2 years ago from London England

With my luck i'll probably 'kark' it a long way away from here but that is my earthly wishes now. The chilterns which takes it's name from the early Celtic tribe. Do you know anything about the 'Kadaitcha man' of aboriginal legends, i looked it up once and even had a nightmare over that!

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limpet 2 years ago from London England

Just returned from a 9 mile ramble along the historic Chilterns ridge way which is a public footpath from Hertfordshire to Wiltshire (depending on which end you start at) There is certainly a lot of dwellings along the route with gothic architecture, the beech forests seem to be communicating by their ullulating sway. I'd like to introduce a new addition to paranormal writing; unusual animals or exotic animals introduced. As an example phantom cats or other elusive beasts.

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nighthag 2 years ago from Australia Author

I really wish i could share some of these journeys with you, there seems to be a creative thread to every step you take and I find myself a little curious and fascinated at the same time with your retelling.

I LOVE the idea of phantom cats and the like and i think you should incorporate into your writing, you may find something more then just a cool idea :)

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limpet 2 years ago from London England

merrie we meet

In discussing phantom cat sightings in the Chilterns to a freelance photographer, he informed me a few years ago one of the Sunday tabloids wanted to revive the Highgate Vampyre hoax. He told me that they spent a lot of tyme in the locality trying to obtain the flimsiest of proof of the vampyre's existence and i don't think anything came of it.


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limpet 12 months ago from London England

Unexplained phenomenon is essential within the story line however as the topic is 'romance' we should delve into types of lovers involved. Traditionally hero and damsell in distress or even a heroine. But i'm for the anti hero character who falls for a wise woman or an adventuress. They have no fears and able to overcome all malevolent entities.

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nighthag 12 months ago from Australia Author

I have a huge soft spot for the anti hero in almost any setting but of course we all love a redeemed bad boy

You've given me some food for thought... What are the types of lovers that populate this wonderful genre and how best should we use them...

It's been a while since I wrote a fresh article... You have me thinking


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limpet 11 months ago from London England

Must now mention Charles Dickens here. So much of his prose relates to early 'Victoriana' and pre industrial revolution. A Christmas Carol has for example the 'ghost of Christmas's past' whilst in Great Expectations we have the reclusive Miss Haversham, spinster and heiress, some what of a spectral form, cold hearted and pale in looks and dress. Later in the novel Miss Haversham does relent.

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 11 months ago from Sunny Florida

I love this hub. It is detailed to the inth degree. There is so much information I am putting it on my favorites to review over and over.

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Ericajean 5 months ago

A great hub! I like reading romance, especially by the Greats like Kenyon and Feehan. Their works inspired my genie series.

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