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.
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!