It’s February and that means the month of love and romance. With valentine’s day fast approaching Romance novels will be taking centre stage in the publishing industry. If you write romance, or are planning to write in this genre, the links I’ve chosen for this week should help. They include romance writing tips, advice, and romance writing mistakes to avoid. There are some links on writing love scenes as well.
- https://blog.reedsy.com/how-to-write-a-romance-novel/ – How to Write a Romance Novel: This article from ReedsyBlog is a full guide to writing romance and contains 7 stages. The first of these is finding your niche and that means looking at the different subgenres that romance contains. This could be historical romance, contemporary, paranormal, etc. There are videos included throughout the article to help explain things further. With romance you have to set the stage and make sure you have a strong couple. There are tropes that you should use and many of these are listed and explained. There is a section on intimate scenes as well. Secondary characters are important in romance, but the big thing that all romance novels should have is a happy ending for the main couple. You can find out more in this article.
- https://www.nownovel.com/blog/romance-writing-mistakes/ – Romance Writing Mistakes: This article looks at 9 mistakes that you’ll want to avoid if you are planning to write a successful romance novel. It is essential that you know the genre and subgenre before you begin writing. There should be obstacles in the way of your couple getting together. If you are including sex scenes make sure that you avoid writing bad ones. Try to limit the overuse of tropes and cliched character descriptions. Each of the 9 mistakes are explained in full in the article and it is worth taking ten minutes out of your day to read them.
- https://thewritelife.com/romantic-relationships-in-writing/ – Writing Romance: Avoid These 5 Mistakes When Crafting Relationships: This article looks at the pitfalls to avoid when writing romance and gives a detailed explanation of each and how to correct them. The first of these is glamorising abuse in romance. The next is instant love which many readers hate and it shows in reviews. The third is having a passive person in the relationship which can make for a very boring read. Your characters should have something in common especially in terms of morals because otherwise in real life they would never be together. Vulnerability in the relationships you create is also important and there are some great examples of this in the article.
- https://www.ingramspark.com/blog/how-to-write-romance-scenes-ultimate-guide-for-romance-authors – How to Write Romance Scenes: The Ultimate Guide for Romance Authors: Emotion is often key to writing a great romance and often the connection between the couple needs to be felt by the reader. When writing love scenes this emotional connection is paramount because without it your scenes will feel flat. It is important to understand what makes a good love scene and this article explains just that. Love scenes should be about the characters and not just the sex. There’s a section in this article about building tension along with an excerpt to explain. There’s a section on internal monologue vs external dialogue and there’s a section on how to create a connection between your characters. Showing this connection is also explained in detail. The use of sense is explored as is location and putting everything together for your love scenes.
- https://www.autocrit.com/blog/10-steamy-tips-writing-perfect-romance-novel/ – 10 Steamy Tips for Writing the Perfect Romance Novel: The tips in this article are divided into two categories. The first is quality writing which looks at the importance of characterisation and how some tropes have become tiresome and can weaken your story. There’s information on character flaws and on determining what your characters want. Having a clear purpose for your romance novel is important and this is discussed and broken down into beginning, middle, and end. The second category in this article is Genre-specific and something you have to read. Knowing your sub-genre is essential as is letting the love aspect wait and build up so your readers are along for the whole journey. There should be tension and difficulties before the happy ending. Get rid of cliched language. There are examples of this. The article ends with a word on poorly written love scenes along with a link to the bad sex in fiction award which is great for letting you see what you shouldn’t do.
- https://www.writerswrite.co.za/8-tips-for-new-romance-writers/ – 8 Tips for New Romance Writers: This article is full of advice for new writers who want to embrace the romance genre. Tip number one is perhaps the most important and that is to read romance. The second tip talks about sensual tension and how important this is. Well-developed characters and conflict are also discussed as are twist and tropes. If you are just beginning, this article is a great place to start.
- https://www.squibler.io/blog/write-romance-novel/ – How to Write a Romance Novel [In 12 Steps] : This last link for today has 12 steps that you can follow when writing or planning a romance novel. These include choosing your subgenre, your setting, the romance recipe you want to use, plot devices, understanding what your readers want, your heroine, the love interest, the driving force, intimate scenes, secondary characters, and a happy ending. There’s also a romance novel template included that you can download which will guide you through each of the steps. Each of the 12 steps is explained in detail and the section on setting is excellent providing examples for a number of subgenres. There’s also information on what makes a good setting. The romance recipe is simple and easy to understand and the next section on plot devices or tropes also provides a list of common romance tropes that you can use. This is an excellent article which also includes tips on editing your novel and some tools you can use.
I hope you’ve enjoyed all these romance writing tips and are now ready to write your own romance novel. If there is a topic you’d like to see me cover, all you need to do is get in touch with me via any of my social media links.
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