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How to Write a Romance Novel They Can't Put Down

Updated on October 24, 2014

Wanna Learn How to Write a Romance Novel?

Whether you are passionate about learning how to write a romance novel and get it published, or merely curious, you'll want to hear this advice from a romance-novel author.

Tina Adams, pen name of Morgan Leshay, has written two romance novels, The Legacy of Sleepy Hollow and Redemption. I tracked her down to ask some frank questions about the business and art of how to write a romance novel and get it published.

And... I didn't stop there. In my quest to learn all about how to write a romance novel, I asked some other folks for advice as well. So there's quite a goodie-bag of resources listed below to help you become a great romance writer.

Included are video interviews with advice on writing romance novels targeting a younger audience (Generation X), video interviews on breaking into publishing, and finally advice from Beverly Jenkins, a very popular black romance novelist. Listening to successful writers always jolts my juices and inspires me.

Let's Start Learning How to Write a Romance Novel

Interview with Tina Adams about How to Write a Romance Novel

Me: I'm guessing that a good place to start might be by reading a number of popular romance novels? Is that true?

Tina: Yes, that is a good place to start because it gives you a feel for what readers are buying at any given time, and also you will know if this is the type of writing you are comfortable with doing.

Me: Who are some of your favorite romance novel authors?

Tina: I have sooo many favorite authors it'd take too long to list them all. A few are: Karen Marie Moning (love her Highlander and Fever series!), Nina Bangs, Johanna Lindsey, the late Kathleen Woodiwiss. (See list of Amazon titles below for purchasing info.)

Me: Can you tell us a bit about your beginnings as a writer?

Tina: As for my struggles, I started out with a huge dose of self-confidence (today I recognize it as pure arrogance, lol) that since I'd read so many romance novels (I was 16 at the time) I could write one in my sleep. NOT. It didn't take me long to realize I needed to learn the craft of romance writing.

Me: So what specifically did you do to learn how to write a romance novel?

See Tina's response below

To Write a Great Romance Novel, Start by Reading the Best - A Sampling of Tina's Favorite Romance Novels

Step One of Secret Formula for Writing Romance Novels: read lots of great romance novels (this is a fun step, no?)

Some folks recommend listening to the best of Romance Writing. Hearing a story read will increase your awareness of it's pacing and dialogue, which will make you a better writer. Audible has all the best Romance Titles available for download now

"The decision to kiss for the first time is the most crucial in any love story. It changes the relationship of two people much more strongly than even the final surrender; because this kiss already has within it that surrender."

Emil Ludwig

How Did You Learn To Write a Romance Novel?

Tina's response

I sought out and read every piece of information I could find (lots of Writers Digest magazines and books!) on writing fiction and writing romance.

I hung out in chat rooms online where published romance authors used to hang out (this was years ago when AOL was cool) and they'd answer your questions if you asked. (Romance authors are nice!) I gained a lot of "inside information" there, things you didn't (and still don't) necessarily find in magazine articles and such.

So essentially, I read, I networked...and I practiced. At that point (when I set out to learn the craft) I'd already read hundreds upon hundreds of romance novels.

But as time went on, I became frustrated. I KNEW what I needed to know. I could write well, I could dream up amazing concepts that I knew people would love to read. I'd learned about plotting and characterization, even revisited grammar (ugh!), but still hadn't finished a book.

Upset with myself and about to give up on writing, I sat down and gave my story-in-progress a long, hard look. I wanted to know WHY it wasn't finished. What was holding me back? This is when I put together the Magic Formula. A step-by-step process map that helped me complete my first romance novel in 72 hours.

That was a "first draft", but still, the core of the book was complete.

Keep reading below to learn more about this Magic Formula and whether you can put it to use.

Books on How to Write a Romance Novel

To Write Steamy Hot Love Scenes in Your Romance Novel....

First to learn about the different kinds of romance novels, go to http://trudydoyle.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/whats-the-dif-between-romance-erotic-romance-and-erotica/

Next, if you are searching how to write a scene with serious sexual tension, then I totally have the book for you.

Be a Sex-Writing Strumpet
Be a Sex-Writing Strumpet

This book can help you turn up the heat in your romance writing. If you are stuck writing a kissing scene and want some how-to advice, this book is for you. Check out it's 5-star reader reviews and give it a try. Available both in paperback and Kindle editions.

 

Is There a Magic Formula for How to Write a Romance Novel?

What does Tina Adams mean by having a secret formula to write romance novels?

Me: So you had all the ingredients for a good story, but somehow you were failing to put them together? So the 'magic formula' was about putting the ingredients together?

Tina: Yes, it's how to take a story concept and turn it into a complete romance novel.

Me: So you created and sold a home-study course on how to write a romance novel that included information on getting your romance novel published, right?

Tina: Yes. But even with the best advice, getting a contract with a big publisher and ending up with your books on the shelves at Barnes & Noble was always a huge challenge with uncertain outcome. Now, this past year, I decided to try my hand at publishing some of my Romance stories through the Amazon Kindle store.

Me: And how has that gone?

Tina: Amazingly well. It has far exceeded my hopes. When the first story we published (I'm working with my daughter now) did well, I thought it could be beginner's luck. But now we've duplicated the same success and even helped others become successful in this venue. So I took my previous novel writing course on creating a compelling Romance novel and updated the information to include writing and publishing Romance on Kindle.

Me: And where can people get this info?

Tina: At WriteARomance.com

Me: Thanks again. Wishing you and your daughter much success. Maybe I'll next interview you on mother/daughter collaboration!

How to Write the Love Scene in Your Romance Novel

Many writers struggle with writing a steamy sex scene in their romance novel. Read Tina's advice

A lot of people struggle with writing a steamy sex scene. They've got flirtateous dialog, a great plot and setting, but as the clothes come off, the writing stumbles. So I asked Tina for some advice.

Me: How do you write sex scenes?

Tina: You need to shift your focus. See, a lot of writers think a sex scene is about "who puts what where", but that's not it at all.

As a writer, your entire goal is to entertain and satisfy your reader. To do that, you must focus on moving them emotionally. And that's what you should concentrate on when writing your love scenes: the emotions of your characters. When it comes to love, it's all about what your characters are feeling.

Pack your love scenes with emotion, and they will be outstanding.

Hope this helps!

Me: Thanks, it definitely helps.

writing romance LIPS
writing romance LIPS

If You Want to Write Romance that is Extra Steamy

Perhaps edging into E-R-O-T-I-C...

A Kindle Romance Writing guide with a somewhat steamier slant on romance writing and an emphasis on writing and publishing on Kindle is also available and very affordable. It is called How To Write Hot Romance/Erotica for women. and as the title states, it is geared towards women readers and writers.

How To Write a Romance Novel - Advice for Aspiring Writers from Romance Novelist, Diana Palmer

Here Diana Palmer talks about getting started writing, finding a publisher and more.

And there are MORE video interviews below..... don't miss them!

Diana Palmer Books

Texas Born (Long, Tall Texans)
Texas Born (Long, Tall Texans)

Diana Palmer's recent books feature lots of rugged outdoorsmen.

 

Romance Author Beverly Jenkins Talks About Where She Gets Her Ideas - and What's Unique about Writing Romance Novels for the Black Audience?

Beverly Jenkins talks about her process for finding inspiration, writing her books, paying the bills and more. Beverly Jenkins is one of the best historical romance authors, in addition to being a leading writer of African American romance novels.

Beverly Jenkin's Latest Novel

Heart of Gold: A Blessings Novel
Heart of Gold: A Blessings Novel

Bestselling author Beverly Jenkins returns to the charming town of Henry Adams, Kansas, in this heartwarming story of family, friendship, and the surprises hidden in our lives

 
Something Old, Something New: A Blessings Novel (Blessings Series)
Something Old, Something New: A Blessings Novel (Blessings Series)

With 32 out of 35 FIVE-STAR customer ratings (the other 3 were 4-star ratings) this recent novel by Beverly Jenkins makes me think she just keeps writing better and better. Wow!

 

Get More Advice on How To Write a Romance - For Detailed Info on Improving Your Romance Novel, Consider a Critique Group

I've had great luck with a writing critique group and here is why. If one person reviews your story and says the beginning was confusing, then maybe you should change it, or.... maybe it is just them, right? But, if three out of five people who read the first chapter of your novel says they didn't understand what was going on, then you know you have to make some changes.

A writing critique group can also help pull you along. If other people are posting something they have written, you'll find yourself wanting to keep up and get their feedback on your stuff. I highly recommend writing critique groups. Just be sure before you sign up that you are going to commit the time it requires -- that's only fair to other group members.

So here are some links that may help you find a romance writing critique group. Oh, and I definitely think you want a group that is dedicated to writing romance. You don't want a writing group where one person writes romance, another mysteries and another for kids.

P.S. How's the Market -- If I Do Learn How to Write a Romance Novel, Will I Get Rich?

The romance novel genre represents 26.4 percent of all popular fiction sales, but each individual book generally represents a fairly modest number of sales. Authors should begin in romance writing because they love the genre and love writing, not hoping to get rich.

The really big earnings come to authors who acquire a following and have readers with their wallet open by the time their next book comes out.

One interesting observation, the heroes and heroines in romance novels have little racial or ethnic diversity. Some feel that there is an untapped market for writing the romance novel that takes the reader beyond the middle or upper-class white world.

The dramatic rise in Kindle book sales has the potential income for new romance writers rising even in this downturn economy. Click to learn more about how to prepare a story for Kindle publication

Good luck to you on your journey of learning how to write a romance novel.

If You Have Questions or Comments about How to Write a Romance Novel, Put Them Here!

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      renee21 2 years ago

      I am currently writing a romance novel. These are useful tips. Great hub!

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      NikkiLindsey LM 3 years ago

      I have been working on my first romance novel, although my pace has slowed lately. A lot of my favorite authors give the advice to just keep writing, no matter what. I think it was Nora Roberts that said something like, "I can edit a bad book, but I can't edit a blank page." Thank you for putting together such a great resource for aspiring writers. I am sure I will refer back to it again and again.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I need some help..I'm writing a live novel based on two character:Katie Brooke a young 21 year old girl whose shy,pretty,quiet,intelligent dating her bff Anakin' s brother Luke who becomes abusive to KB. She one day was being abused when Anakin walked in on Luke hurting her. He gets rid of her abusive boyfriend and helps almost half dead Katie Brooke to his car. he takes her home and starts to take care of her.

      How should I start their first kiss off, by accident and then as she tries to hate him she begins to love him? Or should I do something else?

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Sorry, I didn't realize that the sales page and packaging had changed a bit. The information on the formula for writing a good romance novel can now be found at writearomance.com. I updated the links above.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It says that is is not available for sale. So how do we get it now??

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I think the magic formula concept is that by following a set of steps that other writers have found useful, you can come up with the basic plot and tension in your romance novel. You still have lots of writing and revising to do, but the idea is can you put a framework in place quickly. I think of it more like a house blueprint. Just having a blueprint doesn't build a house, but it's a really good first step!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I found your tips useful. But I'm not sure I like the idea that all you need is a 'magic formula' to write a good romance novel.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      sci-fi is more for me :) Romance novels are usually to shabby

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      tare1981 4 years ago

      Thank you for tips you shared with us.

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Since good writing draws on personal experience, I would agree that a romance novel is EASIER when you have romantic feelings for someone else, perhaps strong feelings, like being in love. BUT.... I absolutely don't think that writing a good romance novel is ever easy. That's why I value getting advice from romance writers like those above!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This was great reading. you got squidlike from me on this one

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Everything is easier when you put your real life on paper ;)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Im not a writer, but i think writing romance novel is easy when person is inlove :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I don't write novels, but i do write poems from time to time, when i get some inspiration. Usually it is easier when you have someone that inspires you.

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      lisa-oliver-395454 4 years ago

      What a great interview and the links to the external resources are really useful - thank you :)

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      florin87 4 years ago

      Great info..

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      This is a good resource

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      poorwendy lm 5 years ago

      Great resource. Writing is one of the arts I'm going to excel in and every little bit of support and advice help a lot.

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      Vortrek Grafix 5 years ago

      My impression would be the primary target audience is women. That said, women will find ways to get their possibly less enthusiastic partners involved in their pursuit of romantic media. To make the quest of dragging a man into such a venture easier, it is important to consider a few things. Firstly, women are more likely to be moved by intuitively raw emotional feelings than men, so if that is a big part of a story line, then it should include things men can more readily relate to. Men tend to identify more with heroism, courage, and overcoming challenges, while ladies are more likely to relate to tenderness, devotion, and the deeper, more personal aspects of relationships. There are also common denominators though, comedy being a very good one. Physical passion can also be a great common denominator but the interest triggers between men and women tend differ there. It's generally easier to interest a man with superficial audible, written or visual stimuli, but its likely a women will have to "romanced" more by a story line before getting to that point.

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      You absolutely have to get inside the character to bring he or she to life. Superficial romance novels never work and the sex scenes are boring rather than thrilling. There are lots of sex scenes that when put together all sound alike.

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Very informative ... love how you incorporated interviews with the experts. ~~Blessed~~

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Always love to hear what the "Pros" do to get their novels finished. Great lens! Liked.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: thank you so much!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Glad I ran across this again, *blessed* this time.

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      Bookmama2 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Excellent points, Allison. Sometimes you can create a lot of tension, by playing on the internal struggle in a character and you should write what you know. Allison, any particular recommendations of Christian romance novels?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: If you are not comfortable writing about sex or writing about sex is against your morals at this stage in your life; then write about romantic innocence. Maybe things get heated between your characters of your book, but she isn't ready yet. Thus, she stops him. Maybe she asks him if he thinks she is worth waiting for. The point is write about what you know and are comfortable with. If you write about something you are not comfortable with it will come across in your writing. Sometimes it may appear that you are not a romantic when perhaps you are. There is nothing wrong with standing by your morals. Try reading a Christian romance novel to get a better idea of how to approach writing that stays within your moral make up.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I can't seem to write heated moments. I'm currently writing romances, but i don't want to add sex. If you know what I mean, I've never had any real experiences. Could you help me? If you want to check them out(to get a better idea of why I need help), i'll give you the website, but only if you want to, I just really need help with these heated moments!

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      Bookmama2 5 years ago

      @Gypzeerose: Great! Good luck with your writing, glad you found this info useful. I love being bookmarked. The highest compliment a reader can pay!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Angel blessed your lens - very good one. I want to write some kind of romantic novel. so I have bookmarked it to come back too.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Bookmama2: Something else to consider when hiring a proofreader or copyeditor is their experience. You may want someone who is new on the scene as they will charge less for proofreading than someone who has more experience. Depending on what your goals are, you may want to pay the higher price for someone with more experience. No matter who you hire, make sure they are either certified or have a degree in the related fields. This way you know that they are at least trained to do the job correctly. You want to know that you are going to get what you paid for. Certificates and degrees can be double checked so that you know you are not being taken for a scam.

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      Bookmama2 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Allison, thanks so much for putting some specific numbers out there to help people plan. I think that as digital self-publishing becomes more popular, more individual authors may want to consider hiring a copyeditor.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I am a certified proofreader / copyeditor. Prices vary for what you are wanting done. Here are some prices that according to Universal Class online is the going rate. Plus, as I did some research of my own; I learned that they were right. The following is a list of prices for a freelance proofreader: Book publishing per hour averages $75 for the high, $15 for the low, and $30 for the average. Book Publishing per page averages $5 for the high, $2 for the low, and $3.09 for the average. I hope this helps and good luck to you. If you need more email me at barnett.allison@yahoo.com.

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      Bookmama2 5 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: Are any still available on Amazon??

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      I wrote about eight or ten (can't really remember, some of them were rewritten for different publishers, and I used some parts as stand alone short stories) full length romantic novels through my college years to earn a living. My formula was simple: I mixed typical elements of romance with elements of detective stories. Lady in trouble, really. Enough for at least one hundred pages. Thanks for your tips. All the best on your writing journey!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      precious and romantic article to read, I'm sure you enjoyed writing it too!

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      I've read my fair share of romance novels and always wondered about the process. Might have to give it a try.

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      Bookmama2 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The good news is that reading these couple sentences you wrote, I'm thinking perhaps your grammar is better than you think. But I would agree that manuscripts need proper grammar to either attract an editor at a publishing house or to sell well if you decide to publish on Kindle or another digital publishing avenue.

      For a full-length novel, you would probably have to pay somewhere between $200 - $1000 to have it edited. The only other option that occurs to me is if you joined a writing critique group that included someone with copyediting skills, it's possible they would be willing to edit your manuscript in exchange for you reviewing theirs. Or that they would offer you a much lower than average rate. I was in a writing critique group that briefly had a professional copyeditor in it and she always included the grammar corrections. She said she simply didn't know how to read through a manuscript and NOT make those corrections.

      For information about finding a writing critique group, see the section below about:

      "Get More Advice on How To Write a Romance

      For Detailed Info on Improving Your Romance Novel, Consider a Critique Group"

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      Bookmama2 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Congratulations on writing your first romance novel! That's so exciting. I recently began looking at Smashwords myself. Everyone says it is so easy to use.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am Asian and I started writing a novel five years ago. I feel that my grammar might not be as good as it should be. How do I get it edited and is it very expensive? I can't afford much.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think your site was a great help. I just wrote my first Romance Novel and would love to see what you think (or what other readers think). It was lots of fun. Here it is: Book page to sample or purchase Magazine Wars: http://smashwords.com/b/109437

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      Good info. Very nice lens!

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      dwnovacek 5 years ago

      Very informative! Angel Blessed!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I have always wanted to write romance novel. Thanks for this information.

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      Southernemma 5 years ago

      Great info! Thanks for sharing!

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      Great information here! Blessed :)

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      Great lens. Lots of good advice.

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      Bookmama2 6 years ago

      @anonymous: WIth all the roles and responsibilities most people juggle these days, it is hard to find time to write. My suggestion is to find some minimum amount of time that you will write. Obviously more time is better, but people have written novels spending only 20 minutes a day each day on the novel. One successful children's writer said she had one hour each day that was homework time for her kids and writing time for her and she made them stick to it, 5 days a week. At the time she was teaching school herself and she said there was the temptation to use that hour to grade papers, but she said she knew if she did that, that she would never be a published author. You have to want to make the time commitment and if you want to badly enough, you'll figure out a way to make time. Sure you could take the advice of 'maybe you shouldn't write.' -- but then aren't you always going to wonder, what if?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Morgan, thank you for the tips. Though all of them were very helpful, i have a question. I am very busy during the day with my job, and I can't seem to find enough time to actually make some real progress with my writing. I have spoke to people about it and they keep saying the same thing, "Maybe you shouldn't write." As an accomplished writer I hope you can see my dilemma. Do you have any suggestions on how to make up for lost time?

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      Bookmama2 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I'll try to remember to include it in next set of updates to this page, till then, people can follow the URL from your comment here. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in your romance novel writing adventures!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens. I LOVE romance novels. Harlequin also has an excellent resource on their site including how to submit a novel, manuscript format, etc. all .pdf version for easy download.

      http://www.eharlequin.com/articlepage.html?article...

      check it out, maybe add it to your lens. Enjoyed!

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      Bookmama2 6 years ago

      @anonymous: mb - from time to time people post very specific questions about romance novel they are writing on this web page -- such as yours. Rather than trying to respond, since I really don't have enough details on the story, I'm recommending that you consider joining a romance writing critique group. I have updated this page with some links to help you find groups (the links should follow this comment section). I hope this helps.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      ok. im young and am trying to make a romance/suspence book im on me 33rd pg have every thing going fine i baced the charectors off friends they are what i like to call secordary charectors. they are alsmost as important as the main charectors (jackie and Jason) be i feel bad for drawing attention to just them. what do i do?

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      i wrote a romance short story lens> https://hubpages.com/relationships/bees-do-it-bird

      would this pass in the category of romance? maybe i have a little knowledge or little perception of romance if you won't like the lens. there are parallel stories in one lens, hope you like it or else money back.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      what are some of the characteristics you use when writing romantic novels

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      Bookmama2 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Most people writing novels find it is good to create a rough outline of the story and where it is going. Start with the basic jist of the novel. For romance novels this is usually what is tearing apart your two characters who are romantically attracted to each other and how do they try to overcome this obstacle. It is easier to trade off writing (or even write in general) if you have some clear idea where you are going.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      If your going to try to write a romance novel(story) with a friend, should we write it one chapter at a time or what?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      thanks soooo much, i'm trying to write a novel, and its so frustrating, and i have to be finish in one whole freaking week! so thanks so much for the advice. but i still don't know what my name of the novel should be?

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      Stephen Carr 6 years ago from Corona, CA

      Terrific tips! Nice lens.

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      Bookmama2 6 years ago

      @Bookmama2: There is now a downloadable version of the course, available here (actually I changed all the links to point to it). It sells for $197 as opposed to $497 for the version where you receive all materials in the mail.

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      Bookmama2 6 years ago

      @anonymous: After your comment I contacted the author and creator of The Magic Formula course and she is considering offering a streamlined, downloadable version at a lower cost. I'm twisting her arm, because a lot of people really want this. I'm hoping I can update this page soon with news of such an option. Cross your fingers and stay tuned...

      This just goes to show.. it never hurts to ask!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Are there any other courses you recommend that don't cost $500?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very informative lens. I really like this!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      good job on the lens, I hope that you keep up with the good work!

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      WritingforYourW 6 years ago

      Fun lens. I added it to my fantasy romance novels lensroll. :)

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      LadyJasmine LM 6 years ago

      I have self published some work like this. It always makes me smile when I see other writers encouraging people to try to create something that will move and interest the reader.:-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      is it difficult to write a romance novel than any other gene of writing? how can i start a romance novel?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      writing romance is a challenge for me

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      Bookmama2 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, like other genres, you need a main character who you care about. They don't have to be perfect and something they want, but have a problem obtaining. In the case of a romance novel, usually it's a person (or imagined person) that they want and the problem obtaining the person or relationship can be anything from an age difference, parental disapproval, the other person is already in a relationship, you name it.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Am I correct in thinking that the craft of writing is as important to romance novels as it is to any other kind of writing; that the first chapter of a romance novel needs the same general elements as a first chapter of any other novel; that good writing (not too many adjectives, adverbs, and introductory participial phrases) is still a criterion regardless of the genre? I'm a copyeditor and want to be sure I'm on the right track. Many thanks.

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      Bookmama2 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Write to adatina at gmail.com and tell her you saw information on Squidoo about her ebook. I don't actually know why she took the book off the market, but she told me via email she'd still sell individual copies.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @Bookmama2: BookMama, would you have any advice on how to track down the ebook in question? Thanks!

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      cannedguds lm 7 years ago

      I never thought that there are so many things to talk about regarding writing romance novels! I'm glad I've come across this lens! I'm a writer writing blogs and now, I think I'll go for writing a novel especially stories of the heart! Thanks so much!

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      kpcwriting2 7 years ago

      I love this lens because it provides real information that budding and experienced romance writers can use. Good job!

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      gothnovelist 7 years ago

      BookMama, so glad you put Richard Lee Van Der Voort (whew!) in his place, but I think you went easy on him. It blows me away that people think marketing and commerce are fine in the "real" world, but not on the internet. People provide products and services, and someone has to advertise them and sell them. It works the same in here on the web as out there in the "real" world. This guy is just a bitter, lazy person who wants something for free.

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      IntuitiveHealer 7 years ago

      Did you know that the magic formula is no longer available? Just wanted to let you know that that's what it says when you click on the link. Great page, though! ~~Jeanine

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      where should i begin my novel. I find myself writing little stories...some real good ones but never have the time to write a book. i know i can do it and i love romance novels. What do you think is the best way to start for a beginner

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      LoKackl 7 years ago

      Although I don't have any romance novel ambitions, I really like the advice offered. Now, poetry. That I would love to do. 5*/fav and roll to your-place-or-mine

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      Bookmama2 8 years ago

      Wow, I considered just deleting your comments, Richard Lee Van Der Voort, but you are entitled to your opinion. I disagree that nothing is revealed above, about the secret of writing a romance novel. Part of the secret formula involves reading great romance novels, part of the formula is reading books about writing (and specific ones are recommended). In addition to that, yes, Morgan LeShay does have an ebook that contains her specific formula that allowed her to finally crank out a rough draft of her first book published in about 3 days and this page does promote/advertise that ebook. The details of that ebook are not revealed above, largely because this is meant to be a summary of the topic, with pointers of where to get more information.

      I'm sorry if you found this web page to be 'a cheap trick'. Others clearly disagree and many have purchased some of the suggested books, so I assume they found value in the recommendations.

      Best of luck to you in your writing career.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What I just read was nothing but a cheap trick, a come-on, an advertising that said nothing about the alleged subject. You should be banned from running tricks on the computer. Now I would read NOTHING by your author! RLV

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      SilverBlueRose 8 years ago

      What she said about reading hundreds of romance books to find out what worked is probably the best advice anyone can give to an author. It's only after you've seen others mistakes that you figure out what to avoid.

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      qlcoach 8 years ago

      Thanks for participating in our Book Readers Club. I added this page to it at the bottom. Hope you will visit my new lens about emotional healing. Sincerely: Gary Eby, author and therapist.

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      LisaDH 8 years ago

      Well done! I've lensrolled you to How to Write a Love Letter.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love this lens! Why couldn't this be out when i tried to write a romance book 15 yrs. ago. Well maybe I sould try now with this helpful info. Wecome to Romance Book Readers group! :)

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      maryspeller lm 8 years ago

      Fantastic lens. I will be back to read through it really carefully when I am about to start my novel. Congratulations, and 5 stars.

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      MikeMoore LM 8 years ago

      Excellent, excellent lens. I'm sure this lens will prove very useful to authors just starting out. You should be extremely proud of this lens! I gave you 5 stars, and I've favorited this lens. Welcome to the Readers and Writers group. :)

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      Allison Whitehead 8 years ago

      Great lens! Welcome to my writing group too!

      Best wishes,

      Allison