Quick Guide to a Perfect Romance...Novel
In light of it being Valentine’s Day we wanted to bring some Romance to the blog today. There are so many rules in writing when we start talking romance. How do you know where to even begin? How can you make your book a bestseller? Well today we’ve mapped out 3 basics when it comes to writing a best selling romance novel.
1. Woo Your Reader with the Perfect Title
If you’re like most writers, coming up with plots and subplots, descriptions, background, characters, and love scenes is easy for you. But when it comes to deciding on something as simple as a title, your brain freezes. A catchy title is going to be your readers and publishers first impression. A title that is irrelevant or boring is the equivalent to wearing pajamas to a job interview. Remember to keep titles as short as possible but still interesting. Looking towards your novel to find a title is a great way to keep it relevant. The best titles stem from the heart of the story. Ask questions about your characters' obstacles or reflect on the theme of the story in a few words. Make sure your title isn’t generic or it will be passed by on the shelves. When a title is too generic many times it gets lost amongst other books and doesn’t give enough information to “woo” your reader to pick it up and read the back. On the other hand, avoiding silly titles is just as important. You want your readers to take your book as serious as you do. Finding the right balance between simple and interesting is the best way create a thoughtful romance title.
2. Ditching the Drama while Writing Emotional Scenes
Obviously the emotional scenes are essential to any good romance. Romances are about two people falling in love and overcoming difficulties together. However, sometimes emotional scenes mixed with conflict can be too dramatic and feel forced. Make sure your characters are strong and independent when standing on their own and make their actions match their personality. Forcing a character to do something unnatural is one of the worst things you could do in a romance novel. Love should be natural and your readers will be able to tell if the love is sincere.
3. Smooth Conflict and Resolution Transitions
Writing a good conflict in a romance is only half of the equation. Resolutions are equally as important and they both should be smooth and believable. Avoiding coincidences is vital to this because although it makes the story easier to write, it is harder for the reader to believe. The only way the problem should be solved is logically. That being said it doesn’t mean you can’t have coincidences within your novel. They just can’t be the fairy godmother to fix all the problems. Your readers expect the hero and heroine to have a long lasting relationship and logical solutions will give that them just that.
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