The Book Guild has just published my first novel ‘Anything is Possible.’ The plot came to me in a dream where a gorgeous celebrity appeared to want a relationship with me. I spent the entire time accusing her of an elaborate wind up that she denied. At the point I was finally convinced she was real and when I started to make my move I awoke. Feeling extremely frustrated, I made several attempts to fall back to sleep without success. Over the coming days I began to consider how the dream would end and how the situation arose. I found myself compelled to write about it and ‘Anything is Possible’ is the end result.

Rob Osborne

Rob Osborne

Top 10 Tips for writing a Romance Novel:

  • Consider you target audience and stick to it: A traditional romance doesn’t need gratuitous sex scenes or excessive swearing.
  • Grip your audience from Page 1: Readers probably will put the book aside if there is nothing to hook them in.
  • Ensure that you convey the attraction between the main characters to the audience.
  • Give your characters flaws: This will ensure that your readers can endear to them as they grow throughout the story.
  • A strong heroine helps: Your hero should have a caring side without losing his masculinity. My heroine starts off superficial until her eyes are opened at how the other half live.
  • If there is a love rival make him begrudgingly admire one of the hero’s traits: This makes for healthy competition between the two.
  • If the hero isn’t exactly pin up material give him some redeeming feature that makes up for his shortfall in looks.  My hero is kind and considerate and has a major talent, which manifests itself later on in the book.
  • Use more dialogue than narrative between the potential lovers: The audience wants to hear the protagonists communicate their feelings.
  • Write in a way that shows that the protagonists have an unbreakable bond.
  • A romance should have the fairy-tale ending.

I do not necessary fit the profile of an author.  I don’t read as much as I should.  I prefer to watch movies. So if you think you have a novel in you but  are unsure whether or not to try, I say go for it.  If you put the effort in and feel passionate about writing undertake the challenge. After all, Anything is Possible!