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:
·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 – got ‘em? 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!
A quick review of the material covered in our first full lecture
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
Reviewing notes on Character development
Continuing discussion of Character and Conflict
How does Conflict intertwine with Character and Notes on Conflict Development
Pulling it together - your evolving characters, their motivation and the balancing of conflict, action and how it spurs character development.
A Review of the Novel's skeleton
A quick review of Elements in Point Of View
Understanding our characters, getting to know them, learning how to truly observe and translate that into well rounded characters
With this lecture we discuss subplots, their great importance and how those subplots affect the main plot, hero and heroine.
A review of the value of subplots, how to think about them and how they affect your story.
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
A quick review of the need for love scenes in your novel; if and how, and how to handle them
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
We discussed ending, how and when in Lecture 10 - Let's review
Some notes on how you might want to publish, traditionally, Ebook - either? both? Suggestions on researching your market and where you want to go.
Thinking about how and when to publish. - a short quiz to solidify direction
Here's the wrap up. A quick review of topics covered, a few extra tips and a push to keep on writing.
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.