How to Write a Romance by the editors of Avon Books

How to write a romance by the editors of Avon books

Are you in the mood for romance? Most of us are, at least some of the time. Are you in the mood to write a romance novel? Now, that’s a more specific desire, but if you’ve ever fancied giving it a try, the editors of Avon Books, one of the leading publishers of romance books, have produced How to Write a Romance: Or How to Write Witty Dialogue, Smoldering Love Scenes, and Happily Ever Afters (Morrow Gift, July 2019).

It’s a cleverly designed guided journal that just might get you going, and a perfect gift for the aspiring romance writer in your life.

Many of the most beloved novels of all time are incredibly romantic, and perhaps the literary predecessors of contemporary romances. Classic plot lines often feature a plucky heroine who wants to be her own person, while at the same time, yearns for the love of a brooding, mysterious man.

Think of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice; Catherine and Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights; the eponymous Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester; the nameless narrator of Rebecca and her inscrutable husband, Maxim de Winter.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

What do you consider the most romantic classic novel?
Many literature nerds would choose Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
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Today’s romance novels go far and wide in terms of character types and are no longer confined to bodice-ripping or predictable will-they-or-won’t-they plots. If you’re ready to take the next step with your own writing, How to Write a Romance  might be just the inspiration you’ve been looking for. Here’s what the editors of Avon Books have to say:

Romance novels are in the mainstream. No longer are they relegated to the back of the bookstore; they are front and center with colorful covers, boast a diverse readership, and are covered by national media.

As romantic comedies are coming back in a big way, they are influenced and often based on bestselling romance novels. Beyond that, romance novel reading and writing is its own subculture; just check your twitter timeline for when #Romanclandia trends; the readers are voracious, tireless and passionate.

There are few who know the romance landscape better than the incomparable editors at Avon Books. Their list spans several decades of bestselling romance, from the 1970s cult classic The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss to the incomparable Night Song by Beverly Jenkins in the 1990s, and through the early 2000s with Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series, soon to be a Netflix original series. Today, Avon publishes these authors and more, setting a standard for the industry.

How to write a romance - by the editors of Avon books, 2019

For romance writers and readers alike, How to Write a Romance is a sleek, inventive journal that will inspire you to create love stories that stir the heart, tease the imagination, and touch the soul. Inside this handy diary, you’ll find an introduction and tip sheet compiled by the editors fo Avon Books.

Sharing their wisdom and expertise, the Avon Books editors guide you journals through the basic construction of a romance novel and highlight the most common pitfalls to avoid. The pages that follow include 180 prompts touching on every aspect of romance writing: dialogue, character development, scene descriptions, situational entries, and more. These include:

  • Describe your heroine without her having to look in the mirror
  • Make a list of 5 to 10 of your hero’s characteristics — be sure to include both good and bad qualities to help clarify how he will react in different situations.
  • Write a scene between two females characters discussing something unrelated to the hero
  • Write a meet cute in a library.

How to write a romance - a guided journal by the editors of Avon Books

In addition, renowned bestselling Avon authors such as Eloisa James, Beverly Jenkins, Lisa Klaypas, Julia Quinn, Sarah McClean, Jennifer Ryand, Lori Wilde, and more, share their own insights and offer work of encouragement, sprinkled throughout the journal in hand-lettered text.

A beautiful keepsake and practical tool that embodies the essence of romance fiction, How to Write a Romance will enflame your passionate and creative spirit!

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How to Write a Romance by the editors of Avon Books

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