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Writing a Romance Novel for Dummies

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  98 ratings  ·  18 reviews
In love with romance novels? You're not alone! Romance is today's most popular fiction genre, accounting for more than half of all mass market fiction sold. If you're looking to make a serious effort at writing a romance and getting it published in today's multifaceted markets, you need to learn as much as you can about this highly successful field--especially how to creat ...more
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Published May 7th 2004 by Wiley Publishing
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Erin Klitzke
It's unfortunate that this book hasn't been updated in the past eight years. I assumed after thumbing through it in the bookstore that it would still be useful for my purposes, but shame on me for not thumbing through enough! The entire back third of the book is painfully outdated given how quickly the publishing industry has been changing over the past few years. Anyone who reads this book should be aware that a great deal of the book is out of date--styles, tastes, and the like have changed. S ...more
Lisa Annesley
You're not a dummie.

But perhaps you're an aspiring romance author and you're just dipping your toes into the waters of romance novel writing. Or maybe you've got a few manuscripts written and you're looking for some advice to improve your writing.

This book is for you.

Leslie Wainger took everything she learned as a romance editor for Harlequin/Silhouette/MIRA and turned it into a guide for romance novel writers. The beauty of Writing a Romance Novel for Dummies is that it is specific to romance n
I have always loved writing stories but it got lost along the way. Then I discovered fanfiction (yes, and I am not ashamed of it) and thought this was a good way to worm myself back into a hobby that I though I had lost forever. Although I think I'm an OK enough writer for the internet platform I'm using, there's always things to learn and to improve and as we all know, practice makes perfect. I stumbled across this book through browsing and bought it without thinking twice.
What a good idea! It'
This is awkwardly outdated and it didn't, at all, sit well with me that the author came over as shaming authors in specific genres and sub-genres of romance.

No idea how old she is, but my grandmother used to be less stuffy, conventional and right-wing. Given that she is an editor of a major publisher you needn't wonder why a lot of romances out of these houses are so horrid.

Take this for instance:
So what’s the appeal of the tortured hero? Psychologists say that women are nurturers; they like to
Becky Black
A useful reference and a lively and entertaining read too. I'll keep this close to hand for reference.
Bogna Maslanka
It's an alright book, but it is very outdated. Specially when it comes to what a heroine should/shouldn't be and the publishing industry. I found it gross how stereotypical and sexist the "rules" for female characters were.

I still give the book three stars because it does have some very basic romance writing advice for someone who is just starting out.
This book won't teach you how to write a romance novel, but it will teach you what to write and who the audience is as well as what they expect. Honestly, there isn't much information in this that can't be found online. Unless you have absolutely no idea what you're doing, it won't be of much help to you.
This is a fabulously helpful book that shows you the practicalities of writing romance. I had dipped into this book time and time again when struggling to write my work. It is a very useful tool and I can't recommend it enough. The guidelines are simple to understand and the tips so clearly laid out that it is impossible to not get a full and complete understanding of the key requirements.
Jul 02, 2008 Jen rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I've been working on romance novels off and on since I was a teenager. I picked this book up three or four years ago, and it has a permanent place on my bookshelf as a reference manual. While I agree that it does discuss the process of sitting down to actually write the novel more than the actual nitty details of writing, it does enable you to think about new ways of writing your novel.
Mar 22, 2008 Leonard rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone starting out in writing and wants to actively publish something.
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This is interesting book if you're starting out in writing. It appears to give all the particulars when creating a Romantic Novel, but it feels like it concentrates on the process of getting the book out there, instead of what's being put into the book. It's very informative, but I had more fun with "On Romance Writing" by Leigh Michaels.
No, I'm not planning on writing a Harlequin. It was written by an/the executive editor at Harlequin Books. I wanted to see the break down and what drove the plot in a romance novel. Thought it would help me with another project I'm working on. It definitely did.
Jo Anne
Sep 28, 2008 Jo Anne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: aspiring writers
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This book gives you and easy and understandable guide to writing your movel. It teaches you how to plot, POV,write loves scene, which is really important if you are writing a romance.
I recommend this book to aspiring writers.
Amber LaShell
To see my full review, check out my examiner article.
Christine (AR)
I keep going back to this one. Very basic in some respects, but that just makes it a good reference. The relationship building section is outstanding.
Xondra Day
Useful, but geared towards those wanting to break into the category romance business.
The sections dealing with romantic characters are particularly useful.
I hope to one day thank the author in an acceptance speech!!
Lesley Ann
A good introductory text for beginner writers.
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