Kate Walker's 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance (Aber Writers Guides 3rd Revised edition)

Kate Walker's 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance (Aber Writers Guides 3rd Revised edition)

By: Kate Walker (author)Paperback

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Writers Guides: An Aber Series Here is how to become a published romance writer If you want to write romance and be a professional writer then this book is a must for you. Following on from the success of the first edition of this book, which won a major award, this guide explains what is meant by romance and takes you through the process of writing emotion and conflict. The author explains how dialogue should be natural between your heroine and her hero and she explains the difference between sensuality and passion. With an expanded text and more true insider-secrets this is a must for all writers of romance, whether professional or amateur. The book explains: * How to write emotion and create PTQ (page turning quality) in your novels * How to create conflict amidst your characters and why it is a major essential component in your novel. * Why dialogue is the lifeblood of your knowledge * How to make dialogue sound realistic * How to make your characters real * How to create the required sharp focus on your hero and heroine * How to develop supporting characters that work * Why flashbacks are important in some stories and how to create them in your novel. * Why sensuality is important and how you can develop sensuality between your hero and heroine * How to pace the development of the romance that is occurring between your hero and heroine * How to write the love scene between your hero and heroine and the importance of 'after' * The importance of the hero and his essential 'vital vulnerability'. * The filter role of the heroine for the reader * The heroine's 21st Century response to conflict * How to answer the question 'why?'

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About Author

Kate Walker was born in Nottinghamshire, England, but the family moved to West Yorkshire when she was just 18 months old, and she has always regarded Yorkshire as home. She was the middle child in a family of five girls, growing up in a home where books were vitally important, and she read anything she could get her hands on. Even before she could write she was making up stories. At the age of four she was telling the tale of The Three Little Raindrops Drippy, Droppy, and Droopy to her two younger sisters. She can't remember a time when she wasn't scribbling away at something, and wrote her first "book" when she was 11. But everyone told her that she would never make a living as a writer, and that she should work toward a more secure career. So she decided that if she couldn't write books, at least she could work with them, and settled for becoming a librarian. On leaving school she went to the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth to study English and librarianship. While there, she met her husband, who was also studying at the college. They married and moved back north, eventually settling in Lincolnshire, where she worked as a children's librarian until her son was born. After three years of being a full-time housewife and mother she was ready for a new challenge, but needed something she could do at home, so she turned to her old love of writing. Her first attempts at writing novels were done at the kitchen table, often working late into the night when her son was asleep, or during a few snatched hours while he was out at nursery school. The first two novels she sent off to Mills & Boon were rejected, but the third attempt was successful. She can still remember the moment that a letter of acceptance arrived instead of the rejection slip she had been dreading. She must have read that letter over and over a hundred times before what it said sank in, and for days she kept checking it just to make sure she hadn't been dreaming. But the moment she really realised that she was a published writer was when copies of her first book, The Chalk Line, arrived just in time to be one of her best Christmas presents ever. Fitting in hobbies around writing and being a wife and mother can be difficult, but Kate always finds time to read. She loves all sorts of fiction, especially romance, obviously, but she also enjoys historical novels, detective fiction, and long, absorbing biographies, and she can spend hours in bookshops, just browsing. During her working hours, her four cats, all adopted from the RSPCA, keep her company in her study, though they have to be dissuaded from sitting on the piles of papers that they are convinced are there just for their benefit. Kate is often asked if she's a romantic person because she writes romances. Her answer is that if being romantic means caring about other people enough to make that extra special effort for them, then, yes, she is. Romance is about making the important people in your life feel valued and letting them know that you care. But she also writes about relationships and the difficulties people sometimes have in understanding each other, or expressing their feelings, or overcoming problems. Sometimes, when the right words won't come, or an idea hasn't worked out as she thought, she wonders why she doesn't have a regular nine-to-five job but only sometimes. When the story's flowing and the characters come alive, she really can't imagine doing anything else. And there's a tremendous satisfaction in knowing that she's doing what she always dreamed of and proving wrong all those people who said she would never make a successful career out of her writing. Kate loves to hear from her fans. You can contact her through her web site at: http://www.kate-walker.com or email her at: kate@kate-walker.com


1 First things first: what is romance? includes 2010 changes at Harlequin Mills and Boon 2 Emotion 3 Conflict 4 Dialogue 5 Focus 6 Sensuality 7 Passion 8 Heroes 9 Characterisation and heroines 10 Plotting 11 The question 'why'? 12 The intense black moment 13 a believable happy ending 14 Practicalities 15 From the authors' desks

Product Details

  • publication date: 07/07/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781842851289
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 265
  • ID: 9781842851289
  • weight: 386
  • ISBN10: 1842851284
  • edition: 3rd Revised edition

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