If you’re thinking of writing a genre romance, use this 20 tips.
- Have conflict and emotion – on every page.
- Choose popular themes, with a fresh twist.
- Stick to one viewpoint in a scene or chapter.
- Make your hero appealing, masculine, independent.
- Make your heroine someone you’d like to be or be friends with.
- Give your heroine spirit.
- Create a vivid, exciting setting that matches your genre.
- Tie setting to character and mood.
- Create sensual tension between your hero and heroine.
- Use as much dialogue as you can in a scene.
- Be afraid to create drama between your characters.
- Have a weak hero.
- Have a vain heroine.
- Have a vain hero.
- Switch viewpoints in a scene.
- Never have more than two viewpoints in your novel.
- Use contrived situations to create tension in your novel.
- Introduce controversial issues into a traditional romance novel.
- Forget that you are writing idealised love stories – Adult Fairy Tales.
- Leave the reader confused: let us know where we are, what’s happening to who and why.
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