How to Become a Romance Writer

Learn what makes romance fiction the most popular genre in the world with the help of an award winning romance author.
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 7/2014 English

Course Description

Have you ever read a totally enthralling romance novel and been so carried away with the characters and their love story that when you turned the last page you asked yourself, I wonder if I could write romance like that?

The good news for writers is there has never been a better time to create your own romance stories and find readers who will enjoy them.

Romance Fiction is by far the most popular form of commercial fiction enjoyed in the US today. Romance Fiction dominates the best seller lists and estimated sales for 2012 were over 1.4 Billion dollars.

Sales of romance have never been higher and publishers are looking for romance fiction of all genres and lengths to satisfy their readers.

In addition, digital only publishers have greatly increased the number of opportunities for romance writers to share their stories with the world.

This is your chance to be part of the booming market for romance fiction.

This course has been created for any aspiring romance writer, including:

    ·Passionate readers of romance fiction who would love to share their own stories with readers around the world.

    ·Creative writers who would like to explore whether romance fiction is a genre that they would enjoy.

    ·Anyone who already writes romance fiction for pleasure and needs help to move to the next stage and write professionally.

As a professional romance author I am going to discuss how to:

    ·investigate the wide range of romance fiction currently being published,

    ·how to research the type or romance fiction you love to read and would like to write

    ·overcome uncertainty and create and shape your own fiction

    ·learn the fundamental elements that make romance fiction special, so that you can get started and shape your writing from the start.

    The Course has been divided into FOUR Sections.

    Section 1. Welcome and Introduction to the Course

    Section 2. Introduction to Romance Fiction

    Section 3. How to Craft your Story

    Section 4. Your Writing Process.

    The course consists of a combination of video lectures and quiz exercises to checks on your understanding, using examples taken from romance fiction.

    At the end of the course you will have

    ·a much clearer appreciation of what kind of romance fiction that you enjoy and want to write, and

    ·how to use the specific story craft techniques to create compelling romance fiction.

    You will also receive a fully illustrated PDF book of the full and extended lecture notes that you can keep and refer to any time you need.

What are the requirements?

  • Access to a computer or word processor
  • • Five to thirty minutes a lecture so that you have time to work through each session and consider your answers to any exercises in detail.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course you will have: • An understanding of what attracts you to romance fiction and how you can focus on one particular subgenre and make it your own. • An appreciation of romance story craft and how the romance genre offers authors a wide range of opportunities to explore their creativity. • How to understand, appreciate and develop your own ideal process as a writer.

What is the target audience?

  • • Passionate readers of romance fiction who would love to share their own stories with readers around the world
  • • Creative writers who would like to explore whether romance fiction is a genre that they would enjoy.
  • • Anyone who already writes romance fiction for pleasure and needs help to move to the next stage and write professionally.

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome and Introduction to the Course
03:30

SECTION 1: WELCOME! AND HOW TO USE THIS COURSE

Welcome to the course!

In this video I’ll take you through exactly what you will learn in the course and how the material is structured. I have also attached the course outline for you.

Lecture One: Welcome and Introduction to Becoming a Romance Writer

Why Romance Fiction?

Have you ever read a totally enthralling romance novel and been so carried away with the characters and their love story that when you turned the last page you asked yourself, I wonder if I could write romance like that?

The good news for writers is there has never been a better time to create your own romance stories and find readers who will enjoy them.

Romance Fiction is by far the most popular form of commercial fiction enjoyed in the US today. Romance Fiction dominates the best seller lists and estimated sales for 2012 were over 1.4 Billion dollars.

Sales of romance have never been higher and publishers are looking for romance fiction of all genres and lengths to satisfy their readers.

In addition, digital only publishers have greatly increased the number of opportunities for romance writers to share their stories with the world.

This is your chance to be part of the booming market for romance fiction.

This course has been created for any aspiring romance writer, including:

  • Passionate readers of romance fiction who would love to share their own stories with readers around the world.
  • Creative writers who would like to explore whether romance fiction is a genre that they would enjoy.
  • Anyone who already writes romance fiction for pleasure and needs help to move to the next stage and write professionally.
  • As a professional romance author I am going to discuss how to:

  • investigate the wide range of romance fiction currently being published,
  • how to research the type or romance fiction you love to read and would like to write
  • overcome uncertainty and create and shape your own fiction
  • learn the fundamental elements that make romance fiction special, so that you can get started and shape your writing from the start.
  • The Course has been divided into FOUR Sections.

    Section One. Welcome and Introduction to the Course

    Section Two. Introduction to Romance Fiction

    Section Three. How to Craft your Story

    Section Four. Your Writing Process.

    The course consists of a combination of video lectures and quiz exercises to checks on your understanding, using examples taken from romance fiction.

    At the end of the course you will have

  • a much clearer appreciation of what kind of romance fiction that you enjoy and want to write, and
  • how to use the specific story craft techniques to create compelling romance fiction.
  • You will also receive a fully illustrated PDF ebook of the full lecture notes that you can keep and refer to any time you need.

    What are the requirements?

  • Access to a computer or word processor or pen and paper.
  • Five to thirty minutes a lecture so that you have time to work through each session and consider your answers to any exercises in detail.
  • By the end of this course you will have:

  • An understanding of what attracts you to romance fiction and how you can focus on one particular subgenre and make it your own.
  • An appreciation of romance story craft and how the romance genre offers authors a wide range of opportunities to explore their creativity.
  • How to understand, appreciate and develop your own ideal process as a writer.
  • Section 2: Introduction to Romance Fiction
    Introduction to Romance Fiction
    03:57
    8 pages

    In literature, genre is the term developed by booksellers to group together books which share the same characteristics. A bookseller has to know where they can place your printed book on the same shelf with other books of the same type so that their customers can find a book to purchase.

    The genre of romance fiction covers a very wide range of sub-genres from paranormal to contemporary to fantasy with themes from home and family to young adult.

    In this lecture I shall be describing the nine main categories of romance fiction and how they are classified so that the reader can identify and find the type of romance they love.

    05:55

    Romance Fiction is classified both by the sub-genre category, such as historical or contemporary, but also by the number of words in the story, such as historical romance novella and contemporary romance single title. This lecture describes what broad word count classifications exist and also how word count impacts the story craft.

    5 pages

    In this exercise I would like you to read an excerpt from the opening of one of my novels called ‘Recipe for Disaster’ and answer a few short questions using the Quiz.

    Read and Answer Questions about an Extract from a Romance
    5 questions
    Section 3: How to Craft your Romance Story
    06:40

    Story telling is the oldest form of communication and is still the core of all romance fiction.

    Story Structure is the story craft techniques which writers use to shape their story idea into a pattern which readers around the world will recognise. This lecture covers the differences between story telling and story structure and how writers can best use story structure to create the most compelling form of their story idea.

    10:39

    This lecture describes the core principles of all story craft techniques and how you can apply them to writing romance fiction.

    04:39

    Romance is all about the characters.

    This lecture describes the importance of creating interesting, flawed and compelling characters which readers will love.

    10:01

    This Lecture describes the 6 step process a romance writer can use to create unforgettable characters.

    04:19

    Story Tropes and themes are used by romance writers as short cuts into the world of the story. This lecture describes what they are and how to use them.

    09:33

    Conflict in Romance Fiction is not physical battle but the reaction of the hero and heroine to the many challenges that they are going to face in the story. The greatest barrier they need to overcome is always the internal emotional conflicts which they each bring to the story. The relationship depends on the hero and the heroine breaking down their emotional barriers and allowing their real character to be revealed.

    7 pages

    When writers think about romance fiction, many focus on the sensual and intimate part of any romance relationship. But not every reader wants to read erotica or explicit sex scenes.

    In this lecture we shall review how you have to set the level of sensuality which is appropriate to the type of romance you want to write, and then develop these scenes as part of the romance.

    05:55

    Selecting the perfect Point of View for your romance is a very important decision. This lecture discusses the relative merits of first person and third person and how to use Point of View and Dialogue to best effect.

    Section 4: Your Writing Process
    05:23

    This final lecture makes suggestions on how you can use the material in this course and move onto the first step on the ladder of becoming a romance writer.

    82 pages

    This Course Handbook is not a lecture but a fully illustrated and complete eBook containing all of the training for this course and extended lecture notes. This Handbook is in PDF format so that you can download it onto your computer and read it and print sections whenever you wish. I do hope that you find this to be a valuable resource.

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    Instructor Biography

    Nina Harrington, #1 Amazon Bestselling Author, Blogger and Authorpreneur

    ABOUT NINA HARRINGTON

    NINA HARRINGTON is an award-winning romance and crime author, speaker, presenter and blogger.

    Over one million copies of Nina's books have been sold in 28 countries and translated into 23 languages.

    Nina trained as an industrial scientist and was a professional university lecture and technical writer for several years before forging a new career as a full-time author.

    Nina founded the ProlificAuthor to share what she has learnt in publishing, story craft and life as an author-entrepreneur, so that every author can make informed choices and decisions about the best publishing model for their book.

      ·What works and what doesn't work. Especially the later.

      ·What are the biggest wastes of time and money.

      ·What authors can do to share their stories and help readers find them.

      ·What opportunities are there to create new outlets for your work.

    You can find out more about Nina at her website.

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