Tips to help you get started writing and selling romantic fiction
If you’re interested in writing romantic fiction there are lots of good reasons why you should give it a try. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of writing romantic stories.
*It’s a very, very big market. Around a quarter of all fiction books published are in the romance genre.
* There’s a lot of demand for more romantic fiction – there are plenty of publishers and many need new books to publish new books every week.
* You can make it big as a romantic fiction writer, just from starting in a small way.
And the cons? There’s a lot of competition from some very good writers, and the money isn’t always that good when you start.
But don’t be put off if you have a passion for writing about passion! Here are some tips to get you started:
Ways to make your romantic fiction writing better
* Plot carefully before you begin. Your story might essentially be a boy-meets-girl story, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But keeping that compelling throughout 10, 12 or more chapters takes some thought.
* Start with a heroine, then add a hero. It’s usually best to start with a heroine and build a hero to fit as that’s the way most readers will approach your story.
* Don’t make your principal characters too good to be true – too handsome, too beautiful, too good at everything etc. Real people with real flaws are much more intriguing.
* Practice how to mix reality with fantasy. Readers are frequently looking for escapism in their story but ideally that should flow from a real life situation that could happen to them.
* Practice how to use conflict. The course of true love rarely runs smoothly and readers want to see disagreement, anger, sadness, loathing and even fear in an appropriate way. How you resolve that into a happy-ever-after ending (which is pretty much essential is romantic fiction!) will be one of the most compelling aspects of your story.
If you’d like to learn more about writing romantic fiction then I can recommend you take a look at this book: Writing A Romance Novel For Dummies