Romance is one of the most popular as well as one of the toughest genres to write. Just being a hopeless romantic doesn’t help. Romance fiction has to be emotive. The sentiments and feelings have to be portrayed just perfectly.
Today, I’m gonna talk about 10 small things (you could call them tips or tricks, but they really are not) that romance writers should try to keep in mind. I’m not saying these are surefire ways that are bound to help you, but they work for me, so they might end up working for you as well. 😉
- Try to be as descriptive as possible while describing a character’s feelings for his/her love interest. Remember, it’s a romance novel. It focuses primarily on the romantic feelings, on how many feels you can give your readers, on how many frissons run down your reader’s spine while absorbing your words. Infuse your writing with all the love and passion you can muster. The more the feels and emotions, the better your romance.
- I always like to believe that love and romance is all around us. Try to draw in from your personal experiences as much as you can. We are writers, and it’s our primary job to keenly observe others. Always carry a small notebook with you to jot down ideas, whenever they happen to strike you. Your boyfriend did something particularly romantic for you on V-Day? Or maybe, your best friend has been chewing your head off with stories of how her crush is courting her? Well, now you can put them to good use! Jot it down, and maybe implement those ideas in your story later on.
- Always remember to take breathers while writing, unless you’re a really fast writer who can crank out 2k words in half an hour. Writing at a stretch for long hours can be taxing for your creativity. Just take a 5 minute break every half an hour to regroup and go over what you’ve written.
- I’ve always found that listening to romantic, feel-good music while writing inspires the heck out of me. I’ve even read some romances which are based entirely on songs. Oh, and I always like to sit down for writing with a tall glass of wine keeping me company. Why not try that?
- Be open to criticism, critique and rejection. Not everybody will like your work, and it’s impossible to try to please everyone. The crème de la crème of writers have received 1 star reviews. Try to look at the positive. See why that one negative reviewer didn’t like your work. Is it really something you could have worked on? Do they make sense? Criticism is key to improvement and rectification.
- This is true for any writer, not just romance writers. But, read. Read, read, and read. There’s no alternative to this. The more you read, the more your writing improves and evolves. Don’t just stop at romance literature legends like Barbara Cartland, Nora Roberts and Danielle Steele. Join online storytelling communities like Fanfiction.net, Wattpad and Tumblr. The online writers are the hidden gems. They might not be published, but some of them are good enough to be. Sky is the limit when it comes to reading. The more you read, doesn’t matter offline or online, the better writer you become.
- Engage with your community. Join online writing forums and make friends with like-minded, fellow romance writers. Request them to pre-read that chapter of your novel that you’ve been particularly struggling with or ask for advice, suggestions, tips or tricks. Networking is of utmost importance when you’re a writer.
- Celebrity crushes and book boyfriends can often act like muses for romance writers. It can be anyone, a character that you read about in a book by a fellow romance writer who you instantly fell in love with, or maybe Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp. My celebrity crush is Patrick Dempsey. He’s the muse behind all my guy characters. For the girl, I have Jennifer Aniston. Whenever I struggle to write a scene, I imagine these two in the lead roles and try to envision how they would react, or behave or talk in the particular scene. And believe me, it helps!
- While writing romance novels, you need to feel like you’re special. Watch a romantic flick, dress up a bit, use perfume or take a bubble-bath. You’re the queen who’s bringing these awesome characters to life. Pamper yourself. You deserve it.
- I cannot stress on the importance of collecting stock phrases. There are a number of overused stock phrases that are more than often used in romance novels. Write them down in your personal diary for future reference
In the end, write from your heart. There’s no better alternative to that. If you write from your heart, then readers are bound to enjoy your book. Believe me, I’ve seen it happen. Romance doesn’t depend on the quality of the writing, it depends on the feels. That is why E.L. James and Stephenie Meyer, even after being criticized by the reviewers, have sold millions of books. Not that I’m trying to compare myself or anyone else to those bestselling authors – just saying that negative reviews will be there, but you’ve got to keep writing from your heart.
Veronica Thatcher is an exciting new contemporary romance author. Ever since she was very young, she’s dreamed of becoming a doctor when she grew up. While still forging ahead with that, majoring in pre-med in college, she unwittingly stumbled upon a new dream—becoming a published author. Some may call her an introvert or a wallflower, but she has always found she could express herself better in written, rather than spoken, words. However, never in her wildest dreams had she envisioned she would pursue writing as a prospective career, not just a hobby. Her love for writing goes hand-in-hand with her love for a good romance novel—whether it be a feel-good, sweet romance or a dark, suspenseful one. When she’s not studying, reading, or writing, she is usually found blasting her favourite songs, sometimes singing and dancing along to them. She dabbles in a number of activities, including painting, karate, singing and dancing. She is a huge chocoholic – probably the biggest – and she is an ice-cream junkie too. She considers herself technologically handicapped forever and has no shame in admitting that. She also deems chocolates her boyfriend, Patrick Dempsey the love of her life, and Friends her life!
Her first book, A Way Back Into Love, is slated for release in February 2017, and she hopes readers will enjoy it as much as she enjoyed writing it. You can reach Veronica through Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad and Gmail.
Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain. People, irrational. But love…well, that makes everything complicated. And when you are caught in a tangled web of secrets, lies, and complex affairs, someone is bound to get burned.
Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college girl whose life gets turned upside-down when she realizes she’s in love with her best friend of fifteen years, Derek Thorpe. As Emily prepares to confess her feelings to Derek, something happens one night which changes her life forever. Five years later, Emily finds herself in Boston, alone and heartbroken. Will she ever be able to forget the past? And what will she find when she returns home…to the man she left behind?
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