Utmost and foremost, you must love Romance to be able to write a romance novel. Before you even begin to write romance, take the time to read many, and every kind, of romance novel that you can.
Choose from the different categories of Romance novels from historical, regency, contemporary, sweet, erotic, suspense, paranormal and so on. Choose both your favorite authors and those unknown to you. Select books from publishers you are interested in and see what kinds of works they are putting out.
It really is true - the more you read, the more you know.
Too many people think that writing Romance is easier than attempting a mainstream piece of fiction. This is not so. No longer are romances the simple stories of boy meets girl, boy loses girl but boy gets girl back in the end. You must be able to tell a story, make it interesting and have it brimming with conflict while keeping the romance at the forefront. Romance readers, depending on the genre, want to be entertained, aroused, feeling the suspense, or living in another time, but most of all, emotionally satisfied by the end. This takes work - no doubt about it.
This is from my first article published over at the Aspiring Authors blog. To read the entire article, click here
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