The Craft of Writing Romance

Okay.  I confess. I am a total writing craft junkie.  Can’t get enough of it.  I NEED THOSE TOOLS! [And a stylish toolbelt]


I LOVE reading articles and blog posts from authors and experts I respect. So it was brilliant to pick up TWO on the same day.

First. Kate Walker is a wonderful best selling author of Harlequin Modern Series and a brilliant supporter of New Novelists and the Romantic Novelists Association.

Kate is also  the author of , IMHOpinion, the best book on how to create compelling commercial fiction for category romance – Kate’s 12 Point Guide to Writing Romancewas one of the first craft books I handed mycash over to buy. And this was followed by  ‘A Straightforward Guide to Writing Romantic Fiction ‘ – more details on Kate’s website.


So it was VERY exciting to read a fabulous post on craft on Kate’s Blog entitled ‘‘Keep it simple; dig deep’ .

Don’t wait. Go there NOW. You won’t regret it. I LOVED this post.

There is now a sticker on my monitor with that instruction in large black letters should I ever forget the reason that I am writing Romance Fiction in the first place.

SECOND Post is from Billie Mernit who wrote the wonderful craft book ‘Writing the Romantic Comedy.’

THis is the key message from Billie who has been been a professional ‘story analyst and script consultant in the studio system, and thus has read something like 6,893 screenplays over the past 17 years, most of them agented, many of them since sold and developed’;

The fundamental job of a selling screenplay is to get the reader to empathize with its protagonist.Paraphrased for emphasis:  The most important task a screenplay must accomplish is to get whoever is reading it to identify with the lead character.  It’s really that simple, although often tricky to pull off.  If you can’t get an executive, an actor, a whoever the hell is reading the thing to see the story through the eyes of its protagonist, to experience your story’s emotions as they’re experienced by the person in the starring role… then you are dead in the water.’

Two writers from different sides of the writing world. The same message.

I think that says it all.