How to write a romance novel…

by Lynn on December 14, 2012

So, you wanna write a romance novel? You’ll need three very important things.

  • You’ll need a spark, because that will fuel your imagination over the months it’ll take to write a book.
  • You’ll need a willingness to fail, because there will be parts of your manuscript that stink. If you’re not willing to hear you’ve flubbed something, you won’t last long in the publishing industry.
  • Most of all, you’ll need friends who are writers. They’ll tell you how to fix the flaws in your work.

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Today, I’d like to thank my critique partners. We meet once a month to read and evaluate each other’s work. They are the first people to lay eyes on my manuscripts, and I rely upon them to point out what isn’t working. In the two years we’ve been together, they haven’t been wrong yet. Here they are:

Pat Leedom

Jacki Kelly

Renee Wynn

I can’t tell you how important Pat, Jacki, and Renee have become to me. In the years before I met them, I wrote without having any sort of feedback from fellow writers. As a result, I never knew why my manuscripts couldn’t quite make it past an editor’s desk without a rejection. Now that I’ve joined my critique group, I know what needs improvement and know how to fix it. What an incredible blessing to have these women in my life.

So, if you’re thinking of writing a romance novel, I have one suggestion: get into a critique group. You won’t regret it. (You can find local romance chapters for writers through Romance Writers of America.)

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Who do you rely upon when you’re stuck?
Go ahead and give a shout out to the folks you rely upon.