Romancing Your Novel
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Romancing Your Novel

Have fun learning Romance Writing and take your idea from idle to finish.
4.2 (8 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
137 students enrolled
Created by Peggy Bechko
Last updated 2/2014
English
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What Will I Learn?
By the end of the course you'll have a lot of great background on writing romance novels and if you follow the assignment will be well into creating your novel.
In this course you'll learn about character and development, conflict and how it affects character and the basics for starting that Romance Novel or continuing one you've already begun.
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Requirements
  • The requirements for the course are basic - you, your imagination and your computer are necessry. I definitely recommend connecting with other writers of romance - folks in the class and outside and am available for questions
  • You need to have a big interest in romance writing and reading as well. Hopefully your ability in English is great, but ifnot, you can learn that either with other courses on UDEMY or other resources.
Description

Have you wanted to write a Romance Novel, begun it and then just didn’t feel confident enough to keep on going? Did you have questions you couldn’t resolve for yourself? Or did you have an idea but didn’t know where to begin? Maybe you worked your way through the first draft, but you feel it just needs something?

It’s been said many times in many ways, “the most effective way to learn to write is to WRITE.”In this class, writing is what you’ll do.

As with most things in life, writing for any venue takes a lot of practice.

There is, however, another element, one which is elusive.As Somerset Maughm said, “there are three rules for writing the novel.Unfortunately no one knows what they are.”This kind of leaves the field wide open and since, as any writer will tell you, anything one tells you may be countermanded by another writer’s method, it’s all about finding your own voice.

So this particular course is designed for those who are already writing or wish to write a romance novel.

In this course Peggy Bechko will help you to succeed where you may have hesitated in writing that Romance novel and getting your writing out there.With a lively, personal approach to spark your ideas and writing, topics in this course will include:

    ·Getting Started

    ·Character and Conflict, which comes first?

    ·Pulling it all together Conflict & Action/Planning & Plotting

    ·Point of View – do you want to get into her head or her skin?

    ·Look who’s talking – inquiring minds want to know

    ·Subplots – gotem? No? Then get ‘em

    ·Sexuality-sensuality – there are many levels

    ·Ending it all

    ·Researching the market

    ·Wrapping it all up

Romancing Your Novel Workshop will guide you on how to get that romance novel written, offer resources to help you move along and enjoy doing it all at the same time. It’s a fun and eye-opening course for new and learning romance writers!

Who is the target audience?
  • People interested in writing, particularly Romance Novel Writing
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Curriculum For This Course
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Course Introduction
1 Lecture 01:33

A brief discourse on what this course offers. Lectures are also available as supplemental PDFs

Preview 01:33
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Let's Get Started
4 Lectures 28:16

The basics of getting started on writing your romance novel.

Preview 07:38

A quick review of the material covered in our first full lecture

In The Beginning
7 questions

Considering Character and conflict and how to balance them to give your novel punch. This is a rather lengthy subject and continues in the next lecture - Part 2

Preview 05:42

Reviewing notes on Character development

Character or Conflict- focusing first on Character
7 questions

Continuing discussion of Character and Conflict

Character or Conflict, Which Comes First? - Part 2
07:18

How does Conflict intertwine with Character and Notes on Conflict Development

Character or Conflict - focusing on Conflict
5 questions

Pulling it together - your evolving characters, their motivation and the balancing of conflict, action and how it spurs character development.

Pulling It Together: Conflict & Action/Planning & Plotting
07:38

A Review of the Novel's skeleton

Pulling Conflict and Action, plotting and Planning together
7 questions
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The Elements
4 Lectures 37:14
Point Of View: Do I Want To Get Into Her Head Or Skin?
11:46

A quick review of Elements in Point Of View

Point Of View
8 questions

Understanding our characters, getting to know them, learning how to truly observe and translate that into well rounded characters

Look Who's Talking: Inquiring Minds Want To Know - on understanding characters
06:13

With this lecture we discuss subplots, their great importance and how those subplots affect the main plot, hero and heroine.

Subplots: Got 'em? If not, Get 'em
07:29

A review of the value of subplots, how to think about them and how they affect your story.

The Need For Subplots
6 questions

Romance novels generally have love scenes, or almost love scenes. How much is enough? How much is too much? Finding your comfort zone in creating love scenes for your romance novel

Sexuality & Sensuality In Your Romance Novel
11:46

A quick review of the need for love scenes in your novel; if and how, and how to handle them

Review of Secuality/Sensuality In Your Romance Novel
8 questions
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Approaching The End
3 Lectures 32:13

Ending your novel. You better know early on where your ending is at so you don't get lost along the way. We'll consider endings and foreshadowings in this lecture

Ending It All
07:23

We discussed ending, how and when in Lecture 10 - Let's review

Ending It All - Considering Endings for your Romance Novel
7 questions

Some notes on how you might want to publish, traditionally, Ebook - either? both? Suggestions on researching your market and where you want to go.

Researching The Market
12:03

Thinking about how and when to publish. - a short quiz to solidify direction

A Short Quiz on Researching The Market
9 questions

Here's the wrap up. A quick review of topics covered, a few extra tips and a push to keep on writing.

Wrap Up
12:47
About the Instructor
Peggy Bechko
4.2 Average rating
8 Reviews
137 Students
1 Course
Many Times Published Author and Optioned Screenwriter

Peggy has published novels in several genres, western, romance and fantasy as well as in hard copy (hard cover and paperback) and Ebook formats.The books have been published with Doubleday, Harlequin, Pinnacle and Thorndike Press as well as The FictionWorks (www.fictionworks.com) online and others.She has additionally written complete spec screenplays, optioning them domestically and abroad.Her screenplay titled Replica (formerly Spitting Image) climbed to a high ranking place in two well-known competitions; the quarterfinals of the Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting and the semi-finals of the Writers Foundation sponsored America’s Best screenwriting competition. Peggy is also an accomplished ghostwriter, and has published articles in a number of areas in addition to having taught romance writing online with UCLA and a course teaching kids to write stories on the ground locally.