Writing Romance

Writing romance novels takes time, hard work, and familiarity with the genre and its market. Authors share their stories of starting out, choosing pen names, finding their subgenres, and more.

Rewarding women

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The writing process is very different for men and women, says Jennifer Crusie. She compared men’s adventure novels with romance fiction and found a stark contrast between the two. Men’s novels set up women as inferior, while in romance novels, women were rewarded for…

Being creative and analytical

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Many romance writers get into the field because they loved reading romance. So when Bella Andre crafts a series, she finds it easier because she can writer the characters and stories that she would want to read. But as a self-publishing author, she still…

An accidental novel

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Bella Andre had just made the switch from songwriting when fictional characters started having conversations in her head. Most people would be worried they are going crazy, but for Bella, she knew it was the start of a new career.

Quality rises

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As a writer, Sherry Thomas says she needs time and space to step back from her work. Only then can she find the parts of the novel that are working, and those that have room for improvement.

A pursuit of my own

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Sherry Thomas taught herself the English language by reading romance novels. And like so many other avid readers turned writers, she eventually convinced herself that romance writing could be her profession. So what happened when she found a creative outlet that her college majors…

Crafting a persona

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Catherine Roach didn’t think her last name was particularly appealing for a romance writer. So she created a pen name that is a little more “romantic” and “exotic.” Here, she talks about what taking on a pen name can do for your writing and…

Exploring emotions

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Romance novels are a safe space for women to explore a rich continuum of emotional and physical experiences, says Sarah Wendell.

Writing comes first

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Author Bella Andre enjoys the take-charge requirements of self-publishing, but it’s not for everyone.

Clothes make the woman

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Author Shelley Bates walks a mile in the shoes of her Regency, steampunk, and Amish characters, literally.

Forming a partnership

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Author Jayne Ann Krentz writes heroes and heroines who share her worldviews–and who are a little bit psychic.