Love, passion, and a hint of adventure. Romance writing should always be exciting. Maybe you just want to write about a simple romantic encounter, or would like to start a novel set in some exotic place in your dreams—we will show you how to let your imagination soar. If you can write from the heart, there are rich rewards waiting for you. This course will teach you all the techniques you need to unlock the door.
Most writers of romance are women but you do not have to be a woman to master the art. A number of men have also achieved fame and fortune as writers of romance novels, although many of them have adopted a female pseudonym in order to reach their target audience. Each has taken the time to study what their readers are really looking for and deliver that experience through their own carefully-honed skills.
You will learn what “purple” prose is and how to create it convincingly. You will also discover what sort of heroines and heroes your audience is looking for. The right hero for one market will not necessarily work in another market. You will learn to craft each of the different stages of their emerging relationship so that it comes to a satisfying conclusion. You will also find out how to flesh out the rest of your story, how to bring in sub-plots, how to include “alternative” heroes who seem to offer the heroine a choice but who turn out, ultimately, to be insufficient to fulfil the heroine’s deepest needs.
You may aspire to write for Mills & Boon or you may have different ambitions altogether – some of the greatest novels in the English language, including those written by Jane Austen, may be categorised as romances. These days there are many different kinds of romance, each with their own separate audience and your tutor will help you home in on the particular form which suits your aptitudes and interest most.
Your Writing School tutor will be an experienced writer of romance and ready to help with each step along the way. She (or he!) understands the difficulties of the form and will adapt the study programme to fit in with your own personal needs and aspirations. Instead of the formal assignments, you might, for instance, choose to submit short draft chapters for detailed comment. Each study experience is unique and your tutor will negotiate the right path for you to give you the breadth of experience you need and practice in the wide range of skills that are required to write a successful romance. You will also learn how to sell your work effectively and to present your writing is such a way that it will impress agents and potential publishers.