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.


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.)


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