From best-selling, RITA, Christy and Carol award-winning romance novelist Susan May Warren comes the book that tells her secrets! What does it take to write a brilliant romance? Susan May Warren knows exactly how--and you're about to find out. Now, for the first time, she's revealing her step-by-step romance writing secrets that will show you how to craft an award-winningFrom best-selling, RITA, Christy and Carol award-winning romance novelist Susan May Warren comes the book that tells her secrets! What does it take to write a brilliant romance? Susan May Warren knows exactly how--and you're about to find out. Now, for the first time, she's revealing her step-by-step romance writing secrets that will show you how to craft an award-winning romance: • How do I structure my romance? • How do I create likable heroes and heroines? • How should my hero and heroine meet? • How do I make two characters fall in love? • How do I write a sizzling kiss? • How do I create believable conflict? • How do I keep the tension high in the middle of my story? • How do I put romance on every page? • What is the breakup and why do I need it? • Most importantly, how do I create a unique romance that touches the heart of my reader? Find the answers to all these questions as well as a few secrets to creating award-winning romances. With ten ingredients and step by step instructions you'll learn how to plot and write a powerful, layered romance designed to win readers. ...
|Title||:||How to Write a Brilliant Romance: The easy, step-by-step method of crafting a powerful romance (Brilliant Writer Series Book 3)|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||205 Pages|
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How to Write a Brilliant Romance: The easy, step-by-step method of crafting a powerful romance (Brilliant Writer Series Book 3) Reviews
Warren writes inspirational romance, but for my purposes that doesn't matter. It's like she's telling me how to make a vanilla sponge, and I'm going to add chocolate and coffee instead and then use rainbow frosting and sprinkle it with M&Ms; the principle remains the same. I was specifically looking for ways to create characters that actually fall in love with each other, instead of just jumping into bed to have squelchy anal sex and growl filth. I feel like this book helped. A lot. I won't know for sure until I test out the techniques, but I'm very happy I read it.
Honestly, if it didn't claim to help you write a "brilliant" romance I would have had to give it maybe two stars, because between the gender stereotyping and aggressive pursuit of the mundane and the hollowly escapist there are grains of good sense at times, particularly where Warren sternly tells the would-be writer to avoid overly ornate dialogue tags (words that mean "said" but we were told in primary school were more "interesting"). I think she does not explain her point well but it is a good point.The idea of having structure and well rounded characters with complex motivation also seems good, although I am a bit skeptical that an author needs to do quite so much of a background check on their characters only to then have them behave in completely predictable ways according to the template.The book is full of the author's own views, her Christianity and church are mentioned so many times as to be either chauvinistic or painfully naive (perhaps both are the same thing). Then the gendered stuff: "we won't fall in love with a wimp" (p22)...her heroines "need a good man" (p25) women are innately noble and "born nurturers" (p25) not just in her books but she extends it to actual women. Men have noble causes, women have something they want but may give it up when they get something better (like the hero). And a lot of other really worrisome stuff.The snippets from her own books show bossy, domineering men and women who ought to be capable and strong enough to oppose that but somehow fall for it anyway (this is also the way she seems to recommend the "hero" is written, she seems to assume that that is what all women want).Now I didn't expect the book to actually (in 2016) be modern enough to entertain the thought that some romances might be same-sex. I would like if it were so but that in itself was not going to lose it stars. What I did expect was some acknowledgement of all the myriad women who crave being respected and treated as equals MORE than just kisses and sunsets...YES EVEN IN A ROMANCE NOVEL!!!If you believe this book, there is a formula for romance novels. Even though "Secondary characters" are given some offhand and cutesy pie treatment at the end of the book I don;t believe characters other than the lovers are explored anywhere near enough. This is cookie-cutter art not craft. Buy the kit, follow the directions and add nothing more than embellishements to the established (tired. misogynist) pattern.I still want to believe that a romance novel that doesn't suck is possible. I do realise the escapism of the novel makes it difficult for it not to be emotionally toxic (for example all the advice of Warren that real life conversation is as boring as dishwater and you need to make it as emotionally charged as living with borderline personality disorder to write a readable romance may well be true which would mean the genre as such cannot be rescued). But even with junk food there is the enjoyably unhealthy and then the downright not worth it! This version of romance equates to the latter!
The references were all old, like You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, and While You Were Sleeping.