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1. The Romance Writers' Phrase Book
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2. Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting
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3. Writing the Romantic Comedy
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4. The Romance Writer's Handbook:
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5. Zen and the Writing Life
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6. You Can Write a Romance (You Can
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7. How to Write Romances (Genre Writing)
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8. Healing A Broken Heart: A Guided
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12. Writing Romance: Create a Bestseller
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13. Writing Romances: A Handbook by
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15. How to Write a Romance and Get
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18. The Romance of Reunion: Northerners
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19. Improve Your Romance Writing Skills
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1. The Romance Writers' Phrase Book (Perigee Book)
by Jean Salter Kent
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Asin: 0399510028
Catlog: Book (1984-04-01)
Publisher: Perigee Books
Sales Rank: 118195
Average Customer Review: 3.84 out of 5 stars
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It's difficult to give much credibility to a book that late-night talk-show hosts read from in order to titillate their audiences, an indignity that has been endured byThe Romance Writers' Phrasebook. But this slim volume, which lists more than 3,000 descriptive phrases, is actually a useful resource, and not only to romance writers. Any writer looking for a picturesque way of describing a character, demonstrating action, or revealing emotion will benefit from the advice of authors Jean Kent and Candace Shelton.

Well-organized and arranged for quick reference, The Romance Writers' Phrasebook is divided into easy to search categories such as "Physical Description," "Body Movements," "Facial Expressions," "Emotion," and "Colors." Because it was originally published in 1984, many of the descriptive phrases have long since become cliché and exact usage should be avoided. The phrasebook is most useful as a source of inspiration and ideas for helping writers develop their own descriptive style. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars I wasn't cheating!
Take a little bit from column A, add it to column B... continue on, and before you know it, you have your very own romance novel! Well, it doesn't quite write itself, and this book doesn't exactly give you everything you need--but where's the fun in writing if you take it all from somewhere else? Sometimes I felt like I was cheating--sneaking a look at the answers before writing something myself. But this isn't cheating. It's inspiration, a nudge in the direction you want to go. It's a companion book, but not something you can't live without.

It is exactly what it claims to be--a romance phrase book. It covers looks, feelings, facial expressions, voices, and, of course, sex. This last category I found the most lacking. The sex is the most important part of a romance novel--it's why most people read the books. I felt that the phrases used here were a bit... reserved. They skirted around the lovemaking and didn't get around to the nitty-gritty of it. We get phrases like "love flowed in her like warm honey" and "gusts of desire shook her," but not much that actually gets down to describing the act of intercourse. I guess this is what I have to come up with on my own.

Something I was hoping to find in a book like this is more words for anatomy. There is a section on physical appearance--both male and female--but they're the shortest sections in the book. Again, I found this book a little reserved. Where are the euphemisms for that certain part of the male anatomy? There are plenty of words to use, but it's difficult to know which to use when... and this book helps none at all with that. Again, this is one of the most important parts of a romance novel. You'd think that they could at least include something as simple as this--I don't want to have to use "manhood" for the rest of my romance writing career.

Other than that, though, this book is rather good. It's a good way to spark the imagination. If you're having trouble in your writing, pick up this and get a little hint. Sometimes that's all it takes.

3-0 out of 5 stars Sparking The Imagination
Writers wanting to escape the dullness of 'he said' and 'she frowned' will find inspiration in the Romance Writers' Phrase Book. This clever little book's one-line descriptive phrases (or 'tags') are designed to help create chest-heaving scenes of passion, but can easily be adapted for any type of fiction.

Over 3,000 descriptions are divided into sections like physical characteristics, body movement, facial expression, emotions and voices, and then subdivided again. For example, the chapter on emotions breaks down into categories such as happiness, determination, surprise, fear and embarrassment.

Most writers will find some of the tags too over-the-top for comfort. Imagine using 'all of her loneliness and confusion welded together in one upsurge of devouring yearning'! More useful are expressions like 'he had depthless, jet-black eyes' and 'she flicked an imaginary speck of dirt from her dress'.

The beauty of the book, however, is the inspiration it provides when you're scratching your head over how to express a character's reaction. You might not use any of the tags word for word, but you can seize on the emotion they convey and present it in your character's language.

1-0 out of 5 stars Argh!
What an awful book! If you actually use any of the phrases in this book, no wonder you're not selling anything. Romance writing, like any other kind of writing, is about telling your own story. This collection of cliched phrases may have some minor usefulness in showing you what NOT to do.

5-0 out of 5 stars a great resource for more than just romance novels....
You know, I bought this book because I was writing a story and developed a slight case of writer's block. I've only just starting reading this book, but it's quickly becoming one of my favorite resources. I'd don't exactly write romance novels, just something along those lines ( I can't imagine why I haven't acquired this title long before now. I've even gone back and rechecked previous writings against some of the suggestions and ideas in this book to see if they measure up. I would recommend this source to any writer, novice or beginner.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good book!
If you write romance, this is a great book to help you spice things up. It helps you to explain colors and emotions and much more. Suppose you want to say your character has blue eyes...this book will help you make it sound a whole lot better. Get it! You won't be sorry...I promise. ... Read more

2. Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Your Romance Published
by Julie Beard
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Asin: 002863196X
Catlog: Book (2000-01-21)
Publisher: Alpha Books
Sales Rank: 30946
Average Customer Review: 4.92 out of 5 stars
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Romances account for more than half of all mass-market paperback fiction sold. Two thousand romances are published each year. Ah, a land of opportunity, the writer is prone to think. Not so fast, Swifty. If you aren't already a reader of romances, chances are you'll never write a convincing one yourself. But if you genuinely love happy endings, Julie Beard (My Fair Lord) is here to help you become the next, well, Julie Beard. Embedded within chapters about writing and publishing and promoting your romance are all kinds of juicy tidbits about the romance biz. Beard discusses each romance subgenre in detail, disclosing typical story lines, the appropriate tone to use, and authors whose work is worth checking out. She talks about current trends (the biggest one at publication is the "cowboy-rancher-baby-bride" romance) and how to spot future ones (hint: keep your eye on popular culture). She knows what to include in your book--irresistible heroes and heroines, for starters--and what to avoid: nontraditional locales, rape scenes, sadomasochism, infidelity. She defines such terms as black moment, regency, and clinch ("the passionate embrace that typifies the traditional romance cover"). And yes, Beard says, even men can get their romances published--though it may be the one field in which they can succeed only if they are willing to take on a pseudonym of the feminine variety.--Jane Steinberg ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for aspiring writers!
If you are interested in becoming a published romance writer, this is the best book I have read on the topic. Julie Beard is an excellent writer, so I knew this had to be a great book. Her advice is simple to understand and to-the-point. She gets right down to what is important and what isn't. The format of the book makes it fun to read, and the expert advice offered from other superb writers is helpful and informative. After reading The Complete Idiot's Guide, I felt inspired and motivated, and I still use it as a running workbook for my manuscript. She touches on just about everything I have thought about, from plot development to how to negotiate a contract. I applaud her ability to explain what sells and what doesn't, yet encourage writers to push the limits of what is currently popular. Even if your goal is to publish in another genre, The Complete Idiot's Guide gives great overall advice concerning characterization, dialogue, voice, conflict...all of the important aspects of creating memorable fiction. This is a wonderful book, and I recommend it to anyone interested in writing fiction. Thanks Julie!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
Having read hundreds, maybe even thousands of historical romances over the last 20 years, I always dreamed of one day writing my own novel. This book is an extremely helpful tool for anyone that dreams of one day becoming a bestselling author. Julie Beard shares information about the industry and the various tricks to getting published. For those aspiring historical romance writers bogged down by the research process, Beard also gives insight to resources with which to build your historical framework.

This book is a great read. It's funny and inspiring. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to break into the romance industry.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Buy!
This is a veritable mine of information on writing a romance and also on the romance writing industry. I wish I'd bought this book sooner and saved myself weeks of research on the internet.

A definite must-buy for anyone considering writing a romance.

5-0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!!
Being a total novice myself, this book answered ALL my questions on writing a romance and getting it published. Very easy to read and understand, I read the whole book without putting it down!! Very informative! If you are like me and know absolutly nothing about the "insides" of the romance genre, this is THE book for you!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great guide no matter what your skill level!
This book is everything I expected it to be, and more. It's a step by step guide starting with your idea for your book, all the way up to what happens when you have 10 novels published and are on the New York Times bestsellers' list. There is a comprehensive section for each important aspect of writing a novel (characters, plotting, finding an agent, etc.). No matter what your skill level, this book will help you! ... Read more

3. Writing the Romantic Comedy
by Billy Mernit
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Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
Publisher: HarperResource
Sales Rank: 263788
Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

From the slapstick shenanigans of Hepburn and Grant in Bringing Up Baby to the sexy repartee of Shakespeare in Love, romantic comedies have delighted filmgoers -- and challenged screenwriters -- since Hollywood's Golden Age.

Whether you're a first time screenwriter, or an intermediate marooned in the rewriting process, this thoroughly charming and insightful guide to the basics of crafting a winning script will take you step by step from "cute meet" all the way to "joyous defeat." You'll learn the screenwriting secrets behind some of the funniest scenes ever written; how to create characters and dialogue that set the sparks flying; why some bedroom scenes sizzle and others fall flat; and much more. Writing the Romantic Comedy features case studies drawn from beloved romantic comedies such as When Harry Met Sally, Annie Hall, Tootsie, and The Lady Eve, as well as field-tested writing exercises guaranteed to short-circuit potential mistakes and ensure inspiration.

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5-0 out of 5 stars My thoughts on the book
I've been looking for a book like this for a long time. Most of the screenwriting books out there just cover the usual nuts and bolts of screenwriting and cite the same movies as examples (i.e. Citizen Kane, The Verdict). I found this book very useful because it was specific for the Romantic comedy genre. The author obviously studied the genre exensively as hundreds of romantic comedies old and new are cited. The book has a very good chapter on the basic structure road map of romantic comedy--but leaves enough flexibility and points out exceptions to the Sleepless in Seattle where the couple doesn't technically meet until the very last scene (but the screenwriter got around the rule well). I also liked the way the book lays this out to you in Layman's terms, not like the Robert McKee book where you end up more confused by the end than when you started. The book also offers some good chapters on Theme, imagery,dialogue, character chemistry, story credibility and "being funny" and offers specific case analyses at the end of the chapter to highlight what the author's talking about. The book also goes into the history of romantic comedy, the future, and a list of sub genres and sub categories--but what really made it worth my money was the chapters on theme and structure and the case studies. Now, if only there were more books out there on all the other genres...

5-0 out of 5 stars Writing the Romantic Comedy
I have to say, I thought "Writing the Romantic Comedy" was great! I read the book over the long weekend, took extensive notes, and plan on using Mernit's suggestions in my very next script (which, I'm now so pumped-up about, I'm going to start tomorrow). Author Billy Mernit was right when he said that there was a lack of screenwriting books in this arena-- this is the first one. My only suggestion, is that you probably need to know something about basic screenwriting structure in order to get the most from this book. But, as a professional writer myself, I think even Guild members will have something to learn from this one. Mernit's chapter on "Imagery" is particularly good (and, something I never saw before) as is his breakdown of romantic comedy structure into seven basic plot points. Very well written.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for all writers
If you can attend one of Mr. Mernit's classes, do. But if you can't, the book is a very good substitute.

The reason this book is so good is the author approaches script writing from a professional reader's perspective, and a historical perspective. His passion for the genre is clear. He not only knows and shares the roots of romantic comedy, he discusses the common elements af all successful movies in the genre.

This book is invaluable for someone working in this genre, but it's also relevant for all aspiring (or actively working) screenwriters. Don't be afraid to get this book if you are working in another genre. He shares insights that are relevant to all genres.

In short, this is a great book written not by an aspiring writer or someone that makes a living by only teaching, but by someone actually in the movie business that knows what works.

5-0 out of 5 stars This goes on the shelf next to my computer!
A fabulous book not only on writing romantic comedy movies but on writing, period. In particular, a romance writer of any medium would find this invaluable.

Mr. Mernit examines the basic components of story and character, but also provides fascinating insight to such subjects as theme. End-chapter exercises are unusually helpful and enlightening.

Critiques of a few movies show just how they accomplished what they did. (The examination of "Tootsie" is amazing!) I appreciated the breakdown of how romantic comedy in the movies has evolved through the years and am now collecting many of the titles listed in the book that I've never seen. (The recent AFI list on romantic movies is also a good source for more study.)

This book is on my shelf now right next to Syd Fields and Debra Dixon. I will certainly be referring to it again and again in the years that come.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great read, too
As someone who has the terrible habit of buying just about every screenwriting book on the market, I have to say that this is one of the few that is fun to read. I admit a bit of prejudice since I have taken Billy's RomCom class. Witnessing first hand Billy's extraordinary knowledge of the genre. He is also a first class teacher who I learned quite a bit from. I think screenwriters at any level (from newbie to professional) will be able to gain valuable insight from this book. I recommend it as fun and informative. ... Read more

4. The Romance Writer's Handbook: How to Write Romantic Fiction & Get It Published
by Rebecca Vinyard
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Asin: 0871162040
Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: Writer
Sales Rank: 21247
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Would you like some friendly help getting started writing some of America’s most popular fiction? Author Rebecca Vinyard has put together a collection of folksy wisdom for aspiring romance writers to help them get published.

Romance fiction makes up more than half of all mass-market novels sold, with over 2,000 new titles released each and every year. And unlike other fields of fiction, romance truly welcomes new writers, as editors search through queries and conference appointments for the next Nora Roberts or Barbara Delinsky. In 49 chapters, The Romance Writer’s Handbook takes aspiring writers through a quick course in writing romantic fiction for today’s markets. Here is "from-the-ground-up" advice on how to begin to climb romance writing’s ladder of success..

The short, readable chapters in The Romance Writer’s Handbook provide practical information to help improve any writer’s stories. They offer advice on creating new but familiar heroes and heroines; crafting scenes, places and plot complications; and tackling thorny issues that range from point-of-view conundrums to steamy love scenes.

The Romance Writer’s Handbook is the helping hand every author needs to get going and write romance stories that satisfy and sell.

It includes:
•Info on the business side (setting goals, finding an agent, formatting manuscripts, submitting winning query letters, and more).
•The lowdown on giving and receiving critiques.
•A paragraph-by-paragraph study of a well-written synopsis (essential to catching an agent’s or editor’s eye).
•Valuable advice on creating an author website.
•Short interviews with bestselling authors Lorraine Heath, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Connie Flynn, Katherine Sutcliffe, Judy Christenberry, and Suzanne Brockmann.
•Market information on mainstream publishers active in the romance field.
•A useful list of small presses and e-publishers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST for every writer!
It's never too late to learn...and you can teach an old dog new tricks. If there is anything I've discovered from Rebecca Vinyard, it's that you should never give up and always have an open mind when you're writing. It's when you close yourself from new ideas that the barrier begins to rise.

Sounds simple doesn't it? Well, for most of us, it's not always that way. Conflicts arise with our characters and we just don't know in which direction to take them. Should we? Shouldn't we? Just maybe we can try. And try you should. When you're sitting and staring at the wall and don't have a clue about what comes next, that is the time you need to begin reading this highly intelligent handbook. The wealth of knowledge you'll find throughout the various topics will have you shaking your head and believing in yourself once again.

Ms. Vinyard has enlisted the help of many highly successful authors and together they've created something well worth their efforts. I can only liken this diverse novel to that of a famous painting where everyone who views it comes away with something special just for them.

There is a wonderful section on dialogue which is something I need help with. I find it difficult to speak for my characters and make it sound believable. With the help of Patricia McLinn, speaking through the written word will come much easier now.

Rebecca Vinyard has taught me that this writing stuff can be a joyous learning experience from the very beginning. But like everything in life, you must also enjoy what you're doing - have fun with your words and let them express just how you're feeling. Her thoughts on how to begin the story that seems to be running rampant inside your mind is another highlight of this masterful piece. Yes, it's very important to know your characters - not just their hair and eye color - but anything that makes them real and believable - even their little quirks and dreams.

Do you dread the word 'synopsis'? Does it make you cringe and cause terror to strike? If so, then you really do need Rebecca Vinyard in your life. Does the thought of sending out your manuscript cause hives and night sweats? No, you're not in menopause - you're having the MS Blues. Will they read my story? Will they want to publish it? Will they like me? Yep, the MS Blues can cause a person months of worry. Let me tell you once again - you need Rebecca Vinyard.

There is a section in THE ROMANCE WRITER'S HANDBOOK for everyone, whether you're a published author or just learning the ropes. As we all know, there is always room for improvement. The advice from bestselling authors is worth its weight in gold, too.

Now, how do you spell relief? I spell it R-E-B-E-C-C-A V-I-N-Y-A-R-D! Try her, you'll really like her.

When I contacted Rebecca about reviewing this book I knew it was something special - it was a feeling I had inside. She didn't let me down and I feel I've come away with some powerful information. With her words of wisdom and those of the authors she enlisted, there is no place for you to go but upward and forward. I highly suggest you take the time and read this fabulous handbook - you'll be very glad you did.

Patti Fleishman, Reviewer for

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great book for the beginning writer
Ms. Vinyard provides a wonderful roadmap for writing romance fiction. Most beginning writers have ideas and characters and can write a good story. By using this book, they will have the tools to write a great story.

TRWH covers basics like plot, and characters, but also adds information about external conflict, internal conflict, and the framework on the resolution of those. Every aspect of the novel is de-mysified. She also covers how to write the dreaded query letter and synopsis.

The handbook has sections on the business of getting published, agents, entering contests and websites.

Truly, this book deserves to be in any aspiring romance writer's library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for both the beginning and experienced writer
The author uses an informal style that immediately puts her readers at ease. She uses her own experiences to illustrate points in her book, a method that really helps the reader understand why she is saying what she is saying. Another thing is how short the chapters are. It makes for easier reading. I know that seems kind of minor, but for me, sitting down and spending an hour reading just isn't possible. I read this book while on the elliptical machine at my gym. By making a point in a few pages then moving on, it held my interest. If I put the book down for a few days, it was easy enough to pick it up and get back into the groove.

The chapters entitled "Finding Your Voice" and "Imagery" were both excellent. They are very helpful to both new and experienced writers. I really liked Connie Flynn's chapter on paranormal romances. She made a couple of points that were salient to my writing.

I've got a bunch of how-to romance writing books, but I don't think I ever read one of them all the way through. It is simply written and the author makes her point and moves on. I recommend it highly to anyone wanting to write a romance.

I must confess that I did contribute a small article to the book. I did so knowing that Ms. Vinyard would put together a good book. I was not disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent and "writer friendly" resource
The Romance Writer's Handbook: How To Write Romantic Fiction & Get It Published by novelist, journalist, and webmaster Rebecca Vinyard is a quick-study course to crafting romance fiction for the markets and readers of today. From practical advice to creating heroes and heroines that resonate with the reader; to delicately orchestrating plot complications; to bringing alive sensual love scenes, and more, The Romance Writer's Handbook is an excellent and "writer friendly" resource and primer especially recommended for beginners seeking to break into print and intermediate level romance writers seeking to expand their published title list. ... Read more

5. Zen and the Writing Life
by Peter Matthiessen
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Asin: 1564556638
Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
Publisher: Audio Wisdom
Sales Rank: 507103
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The heart of Zen practice and writing are the same, teaches Peter Matthiessen – to freshen the mind and see things in a new way. On Zen and the Writing Life, Matthiessen chronicles his own 25 years of growth as both a writer and a meditator. Can meditation be used to broaden and clarify the writer’s vision? How do you cultivate a "beginner’s mind"? Here is an extraordinary writer’s personal account of these never-ending tasks – and essential listening for all writers interested in the spiritual life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Zen and the Writing Life
This is a seminar Matthiessen did on writing as a meditation. This lecture is quite different from Matthiessen's other works, in that it is far less polished. This is NOT to imply any negative conotation but rather to imply how refreshing and helpful this material is. Matthiessen focuses on his own history as a writer discussing his successes and his failures and those experiences that have been humbling and helpful in his gorwth as a writer and with his Zen life. In addition he also discusses some important practical considerations and suggestions for someone interested in and pursuing writing both as an avocation and a career. I would have no problem highly recommending this tape. ... Read more

6. You Can Write a Romance (You Can Write It)
by Rita Clay Estrada, Rita Gallagher
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Asin: 0898798620
Catlog: Book (1999-08-01)
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
Sales Rank: 375677
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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Write the romance of your dreams and capture the hearts of readers everywhere.You Can Write a Romance, designed for first-time writers, is the ultimate teaching guide for those interested in writing romance stories.Rita Clay Estrada and Rita Gallagher lend their expertise to show you how to take your story from idea to completed manuscript to signed book deal - even if you have never tried to write a novel before.They explain the writing process in easy to understand terms, and help beginning writer's find there niche in the complex writing market.

They also teach you how to build a strong plot, create compelling characters and sustain a dynamic beginning, middle and ending.You'll also learn what romance editors are looking for, and how stories are accepted.Create a novel your readers won't forget, with You Can Write a Romance. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Professional genre writing 101.
Not much detailed ground is covered in this slim volume, but Estrada and Gallagher do show the novice romance writer the business ropes and how to best use them without strangling yourself in the process (something I wish more writing classes had done). This is the first book about romance writing I have read (and it will not be the last, of that I am sure), but it showed me that I still have much to learn about both the genre and the industry. Then again, one is always learning. Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful
I really enjoyed this book and think its very helpful. I plan on writing a romance soon and this book broke it all down - what makes a romance sell. You'll need it you plan to write a romance. Buy this.

1-0 out of 5 stars Too basic
There is nothing in this book that any person with common sense doesn't already know.

I would reccomend getting The Idiot's Guide to getting Your Romance Published- by Julie Beard, instead.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent practical advice for a novice like me
This short book is full of good basic information including defining a romance novel and listing and describing the many types of romance novels. The authors provide guidelines for creating characters, developing plot, and writing dialogue. The basics of selling your novel are included, and there's even a section on what happens after you have a contract. Thanks to this book, I expect to have my own romance novel finished in a few months--then maybe I can quit my day job!

4-0 out of 5 stars You Can Write A Romance
A great book for all beginning romance writers. This mother-daughter team are experts in their field and the easy to follow advice is a must-have for all aspiring romance fiction authors. Advice from characterization, plotting, dialogue, motivating your characters to revisions is included. Add this book to your reference collection today! ... Read more

7. How to Write Romances (Genre Writing)
by Phyllis Taylor Pianka
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Asin: 0898798671
Catlog: Book (1998-07-01)
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
Sales Rank: 315361
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Not enough!
This is a good book, but if you have never published a book before, you will need something more to go with it. I do like the part where she tells you exactly how to write each scene though. It tells quite a bit of information, but to me it's not enough!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Darkest Stranger
The Reverend chuckled. He barely recognized himself. Just a week (a week? It seemed like a year!) ago, he had been sure that he would never read a romance novel again, that he would resist the wild siren song of his hormones and remain a monument to wasted good looks for the Republic. Any passion he felt was directed towards his spirit quest: to write political pamphlets and thereby bring about Utopia. One week, and all that changed.
He cuddled the love of his life, "How to Write Romances", the brilliant tour de force that had transformed the Amis de l'ABC with it's quicksilver presence. "Oh, my little croissant!" he murmured softly. "Even that demmed elusive Pimpernel could not keep me from you. A love like ours is stronger than both of us." He smiled, and made a mental note to brag about this to Courfeyrac.
He was now on the noble path of writing his first romance novel.
Walt Whitman was spinning in his grave.

5-0 out of 5 stars Encouraging and Great for Aspiring Novelists
This book has really calmed a lot of fears that I had when I began writing. Pianka is very thorough but not overbearing in her explanations on how to create compelling romance. She includes great advice from well known romance writers such as Nora Roberts and Jo Beverley. I have the highest regards for many of the people who she interviewed.

She makes learning fun and enjoyable. There are many humorous antecedotes that made me laugh. And I enjoyed reading some of the things editors had to say as well. She also kept me grounded with her advice that the process can be hard and there is a lot of competition. But she's very encouraging and uplifting with her advice that there's lots of unexplored plots, characters and ground to be discovered in romance fiction.

Fast Flowing... this book really helps to get you focused and serious about writing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
This book is very helpful. It gives step by step descriptions in writing your own book. It's flow makes it easy to follow. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in writing their own book that has no background in writing.

5-0 out of 5 stars The only romance manual you need.
Very, very valuable as both a guide to writing romances and a guide to getting them published. Gives concrete, useful tips and techniques on all aspects of the process, and manages to make it all sound fun and achievable. Especially excellent were the sections on dialogue, planning, plot pacing, and writing for specific lines and genres (historical, fantasy, Christian, etc). Also much fun to read if you think romances are silly, because there are frequent references to how popular "secret babies, cowboys and arranged marriages" are. ... Read more

8. Healing A Broken Heart: A Guided Journal Through the Four Seasons of Relationship Recovery
by Sarah La Saulle, Sharon Kagan
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Catlog: Book (2003-03-11)
Publisher: Fireside
Sales Rank: 107022
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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The loss of a love is a nearly universal emotional crisis, whether the end is divorce, desertion, or a mutually agreed-upon separation. At first, friends and family are there to offer a shoulder to cry on, but after a few months there's an expectation that we just need to get over the crisis and move on. Thus, unprocessed, painful feelings are buried, leaving us numb. Or we repeat damaging relationship patterns over and over again.

The situation doesn't have to be like that. Healing a Broken Heart guides those of us grieving for a lost love through four metaphorical seasons of recovery with provocative questions -- and journal pages on which to respond -- to help move us forward.

The four seasons serve as powerful metaphors for the stages of the grieving process. Summer is the season for charting the course of a relationship: remembering hopes and expectations, the warning signs that went unheeded. During autumn, journalers accept the reality of breaking up and acknowledge things about the relationship that didn't serve their needs. Winter brings the pain of grief over the profound loss. Finally, spring -- and, with it, renewal -- invites readers to examine and understand how their family history may have affected their past relationships.

Punctuated throughout with poems and moving meditations, the thoughtful, interactive approach of this book offers the time and space we all need to heal when our hearts are broken. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Nothing can help the emptiness that eats away your soul after a relationship ends. This book helped me a get a piece of me back that I thought I lost. It was personal, uplifting and a beautiful guide. Absolutely brilliant.

5-0 out of 5 stars In-depth way to really heal relationship pain
This is one of the best self-help books I've seen. It actually takes you through a process by which you can understand what happened in your relationship and get your thoughts and feelings out so you can move on. It makes you dig deep and think hard as you go back to the root of the problems that interfered with your relationship. The poetry used is a nice touch and the exercises very effective in helping one get to the grief that's left when your heart is broken. The technique the authors use could be applied to healing other emotional pains as well.

4-0 out of 5 stars The kind of book you can pass along
I gave my sister this book after watching her go through 4 major break ups in about as many years. It was a great tool to help her process the repeating patterns. The writing is thorough, but has a gentle tone. The overall design is beautiful and nice to spend time with.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!! 5 Stars!!!
It's tough for men to find somewhere to express grief over a failed relationship. Even though I have gotten counseling, it hasn't felt like I could cry or get my feelings off my chest as fully as I would have liked. Especially around my friends, even though they are trying to be there for me, it s not a topic that I can really get into with anyone.

My sister gave me the book Healing a Broken Heart because she knew that I was still angry over my ex-wife's affair and eventual divorce. Everyone in my family has suffered because I have been furious with my ex and how she has treated me. I ve tried not to express any of it around my children, but it has been impossible to get over, especially since we share children and have to see each other frequently. I couldn t tell my ex what I was feeling or thinking, I couldn t tell my friends about it, and my family got upset too.

This book was the perfect answer to my dilemma. It has been like having the best friend in the world to help me get through these feelings that wouldn t go away. I worked through three sections of the book, picking the questions that I felt like working on and it was amazing. I have healed from my broken heart by using the tools provided by this book. I feel like I have finally purged myself of the repetitive thoughts that have been torturing me for the last year. Everyone who knows me says that I have changed dramatically and that I am back to my old, upbeat self. More importantly, I feel ready for love again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worked for me
After the divorce I was devasted. My wife really broke my heart. I had a difficult time doing anything especially thinking about dating again. I really appreaciate the authors of this book, as it has helped find a new life and move on.

Thanks again! ... Read more

9. Teen InkLove and Relation (Teen Ink Series)
by Stephanie Meyer, John Meyer
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Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
Publisher: HCI Teens
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Once again, Teen Ink assembles the voices of teens speaking from their hearts on topics of real importance. Teen Ink: Love and Relationships delves into the deepest corners of their souls to reveal many insights. Teens explore their relationships with a parent, friend, grandparent or acquaintance, as well as their connections with beloved pets, special teachers, caring doctors and even nature. Tales of fun family moments, painful times of leaving friends, and memorable accounts of magical or heartrending moments with a grandparent are revealed through poems, personal experiences and fiction. As in previous Teen Ink books, poignant photography and artworkcapture teens' extraordinary talents and thoughts.

The teen writers and artists in Teen Ink break the stereotypes society so often places in their paths. The powerful human emotions shared by all people are captured here by young voices unafraid to share their pain and triumphs.

Pieces for this book were chosen from more than 300,000 submissions to Teen Ink, a monthly magazine written entirely by teens for teens. This nonprofit publication is read by 3.5 million teens nationwide. Since its inception, Teen Ink (formerly The 21st Century) has published more than 25,000 students. These young authors produce fresh, creative, honest and always compelling words that make Teen Ink the standard for teen expression empowering them. The magazine empowers teenagers by publishing their words, giving them a voice and demonstrating that they can make a difference.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Warning: Contents May be Addictive!
This book illustrates 100% the emotional roller coaster that is a teen's everyday life; one word covers it all--real. "People love others not for who they are, but for how they make them feel."--Irwin Federman. That is exactly what Teen Ink's most soul-stirring book yet emulates. Teen Ink: Love and Relationships is filled with heartfelt stories, art and poems, some painful, and some joyous. Yet, regardless of the emotions, each entry captures the true essence of being a teenager. This is a masterpiece, causing me to laugh and cry along with each story, remembering the same emotions I once felt and causing me to anxiously await my own relationships. Not only does Love and Relationships speak to teens like me but adults too; bringing back memories of high-school crushes, parental relations and the way they felt when they lost a friend. This book is so magical that I can't wait to show my friends, hopefully each story will touch their hearts and souls as it has touched mine. Love and Relationships not only entertained me but also provided hope that I too would make it out of my teenage years, alive and a stronger person. Thank you, Teen Ink, for providing a manual on teenage life that teens, siblings, parents, boyfriends and even teachers should read if they truly want to understand what its like to be a teen. Go ahead, read it--I dare you. ... Read more

10. How to Write a Love Letter : Putting What's in Your Heart on Paper
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Catlog: Book (2001-01-09)
Publisher: Harmony
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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No one can resist a love letter

Love letters are largely a lost and forgotten art. Not long ago suitors used the written word to work magic, and people were swept off their feet by a sweet, sincere note. How to Write a Love Letter teaches us, once again, how to reinvent this most meaningful of arts.

In today's rushed, individualistic society, love letters are more potent than ever before. They embody and convey the mysterious, the unexpected, and the most utterly thoughtful. A love letter can be anything--from a brisk, casual E-mail asking a love interest to coffee to a handwritten marriage proposal that will serve as a family treasure always. Fun, flirtatious, intimate, provocative--a love letter can be any and all of these things. Even the simplest letter can cause a stir.

Barrie Dolnick and Donald Baack have collected a wide range of letters--from old family keepsakes to casual and proper office E-mails. The authors demonstrate and explain, to both women and men, that writing a love letter is about turning sincere affection or intrigue into a unique, cherishable gesture, no matter how small the occasion or how short and uncomplicated the note.

Whether you're shy and have trouble expressing your feelings face to face, or you're a romantic at heart who wants to learn more effective ways to communicate, How to Write a Love Letter is your ultimate inspiration and guide. Go ahead. Fan the flames of a fledgling romance, or tell your husband of forty years that you still adore him as much as you did the day you first married him. Words are sexy, romantic, and wondrous. Letters are legacies. Learn the art today, and improve your life.

My life is starting to become different, even if my days seem the same. And I must confess that it's you who has changed my outlook. You have opened my eyes to some amazing new possibilities. Your touch is so gentle, your kisses are so delicious, and your body is soft when it presses against me. I will forever be filled with a new sense of wonder and joy, because you have shared these things with me.

I must confess that in some ways I feel inadequate. Can I match your gentleness? Can I give any feeling as warm and secure as the one you have bestowed on me? You have chosen to show me such strong passion combined with such sweet affection, and I can only hope you feel a glimpse of the same from me.

Our time together is very special. There are very few moments that a man knows will linger with him for the rest of his life, and you have already given me many. Thank you for being such an extraordinary part of my life. I hope we will continue this journey together for a long time to come.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, but don't push it
It is truly a wonderful book, but I would suggest only giving this book as a gift to your loved one if he is truly open to writing you a love letter. This book is geared more towards the romantics in the population, so beware...not all men go ga-ga. But it is a keeper.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great resource for romance!

HOW TO WRITE A LOVE LETTER is a great book for novices, but it's also a pretty good refresher for those of us who been together a long time, too!

My practically perfect spouse is an English teacher...I suggested he use this book next Valentine's Day in a writing exercise.

Pick up this book from amazon or the next time you're in a bookstore. Use it and see if your love life doesn't heat up a notch or two.


5-0 out of 5 stars Dear Barrie and Donald- I Love This Book
I bought it for my husband for Valentine's Day and it did the trick. I got a love poem in return. It's very interesting to analyze a purely emotional process. Buy one for every married and single person you know.

5-0 out of 5 stars Long live romance
Who says that romance is dead? Certainly no one who has the pleasure to read this book. How To Write A Love Letter is a must-have for people who are in love, have loved, are loved, and/or who want to be loved.

This book is a real jump-start for putting romance back into relationships which may have suffered due to hectic lifestyles, telecommunications (or no communication!), and information overload. It harkens back to the age of Victorian romance, and proves that simple, heartfelt, truly loving gestures are still the surest way to your significant other's heart. ... Read more

11. Bad Girl's Rate-Your-Date Journal: Your Guide To Playing The Field-And Keeping Score!
by Cameron Tuttle, Susannah Bettag
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Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
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The boys are after you, so you better know what (and who) you want! Outline your dream date with fill-ins and checklists, keep track of each guy's Hottie Quotient and special skills, and record the highs and lows of each encounter. Keep score -- and then go score! ... Read more

12. Writing Romance: Create a Bestseller (Writing Series)
by Vanessa Grant
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Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
Publisher: Self-Counsel Press
Sales Rank: 110947
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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- Create a bestseller - Plan and plot, from spark to finish - Learn how to write about brain sex ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars So-So
This book is fine if you want to read about writing romance for inspiration, but it does not provide much useful content. The author frequently refers to passages from her own books as examples of how to do something, but she doesn't give much of analysis or practical detail on how to write.

5-0 out of 5 stars Under the Covers award winner
Writing Romance was awarded the 1998 "Under the Covers" award for best writing book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Writing Romance worked for me!
When I first received this book as a gift, I sat down immediately and read it cover to cover. Being an avid writer of romance fiction, it was the book I had been looking for. Writing Romance is a great source for writers just venturing out into the world of romance fiction, but offers all writers great tips and techniques. Not only does Vanessa explain her techniques in this book, but she also offers examples of how she used the techniques within excerpts of her own published novels, giving the reader a better understanding of how and when to use the technique. When I wrote my first romance novel, I used her book as my 'bible'. In the end, it proved to be an extremely helpful companion to me, and I completed a novel of 75,000 words. In this book, Vanessa provides her reader with a wealth of information as well as samples of query letters, manuscript formats, synopsis, character sketches, data sheets, as well as internet information for romance writers, publishers, agents, and more! If you're a struggling romance writer hoping to see your book hit the shelves, this is the book for you.

2-0 out of 5 stars but Vanessa Grant can't write!
This book was entertaining, but pretty useless. Most of the "advice" consists of personal accounts of Ms. Grant's own writing experiences, with very specific details as to how she came up with all her plots (and very minor attempts to translate this into beneficial knowledge for the reader). It could serve as a decent catalog if you were shopping for her books. She manages to make some useful points about designing characters to produce conflict, but she misuses vocabulary words on more than one occasion, lacks focus and flow, and really doesn't include any other valuable content. I finally had to quit reading when she started explaining how to use the "omnipotent" viewpoint (which is presumably one where the narrator can do anything?). "How To Write Romances" by Phyllis Taylor Pianka is the way to go for books of this sort, despite it not having quite as cheezy a cover as this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good solid read.
I had ordered the book with some misgivings. When it arrived, I expected to work through it laboriously chapter by chapter. To my surprise and delight it was a very enjoyable, easy read.

I found the information helpful and instructive. I really like the fact that Ms. Grant gave descriptions of how she came up with some of her characters and scenarios. It was also interesting to read how some of her characters and plots progressed, changed, then took further twists and turns!

Most valuable for me, however, was the validation that I am not going about this all the wrong way! It is nice to hear from someone who has done it, how they did it. You may not do the same, but it gives you a point of reference--that alone makes it worth the money. ... Read more

13. Writing Romances: A Handbook by the Romance Writers of America
by Rita Gallagher, Rita Clay Estrada, Romance Writers of America
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Asin: 089879756X
Catlog: Book (1997-03-01)
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
Sales Rank: 399392
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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For the aspiring romance writer who needs a little direction,Writing Romances: A Handbook by the Romance Writers of Americais an excellent starting point. Divided into four sections, thebusiness of romance is discussed in the first section, includingthorough treatments of subjects such as agents, handling publicity,networking, and "the life and times of a manuscript." Thefollowing two sections closely examine the processes of researching andwriting a novel--from writing with passion to point of view and writingwith a partner--while the final section focuses on writing specifictypes of romances, including the regency, the short contemporary, andthe historical romance. All 25 topics are handled by experts in thefield: the business side of romance is presented by successful agents,publicists, and editors, while romance writing is handled by bestselling authors such as Jude Deveraux,DianaGabaldon, and Janet Dailey. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Misleading title
I bought this because I want to be a romance writer, and I was looking for information that would help me in this market as well as give me writing tips. It does a good job on the first count, but it was not very useful for me, a beginner, who did not know anything about writing romances. So the title is misleading.

5-0 out of 5 stars Useful and Enjoyable
I was honestly surprised by how much I liked this book. Of all the different "how to" books I've read about writing genre fiction, this one was the most helpful and informative on issues of marketing, publicity, and self presentation as an author.

No, this book does not take you by the hand and explain how to plot a story, how to develop a character, or how to format your manuscript. There are, however, many others that do, as a quick search for "writing reference" will show you. This book credits the reader with a certain amount of experience and know how. You do not need to be a succesful writer to enjoy this, simply an observant reader.

Not to give anyone the wrong idea, the book also contains a lovely chapter by Jude Deveraux about the common mistakes new writers make - complete with advice on how to avoid them. There are chapters that discuss the structure of a romance, what the audience expects from heroine and hero, how to do (and then incorporate) research for historical romances, writing the regency romance, long vs. short form, including the paranormal (time travel, magic, etc), and the evolution romance writing has gone through over the years.

I highly recommend this book, not only to romance writers, but to all aspiring writers. After all, many mysteries, westerns, and science fiction stories do have a touch of romance in them, and vice versa.

3-0 out of 5 stars More for the published author than a beginner.
Unfortunately, this book deals mainly with the business-end of romance writing. While that's fine, it shouldn't be marketed as a writing book. It does have some tips for a beginner, but mostly you'll find advice for marketing, promotion, and other non-writing topics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wise, well written, thorough. Well worth buying!
This book is a wonderful collection of works by experts in the Romance genre. As a first-time published Romance author, I can hardly claim to be an expert in the field...I have a long way to go before I become proficient. This book is ideal for me. It provides me with support from women who have fought battles long before I dreamed of writing. I am grateful for their wisdom.

It also assumes a certain amount of writing ability and knowledge of the genre; again, ideal for me in that it is not so much a beginner's how-to as it is a forum for romance lovers to share their opinions and pointers about the wonderful genre.

It's a delight to read. A great source of encouragement! ... Read more

14. The Three Secular Plays of Sor Juana Ines De LA Cruz: A Critical Study (Studies in Romance Languages)
by Guillermo Schmidhuber De LA Mora, Guillermo Schmidhuber, Olga Martha Pena Doria
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Catlog: Book (2000-03-01)
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
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15. How to Write a Romance and Get It Published
by Kathryn Falk
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Catlog: Book (1989-12-01)
Publisher: Signet Book
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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When Kathryn Falk's How to Write a Romance and Get It Published was updated in 1990, sales of romance novels comprised 25 percent of all paperback book sales in the U.S. Seven years later, the percentage has nearly doubled and the market for romantic fiction continues to expand.

Although many changes have taken place in romance writing since the book was revised, How to Write a Romance and Get it Published still provides an informative overview of the field, including definitions of the subgenres of romance, editorial guidelines for a variety of publishers, and tips on researching, plotting, writing, and marketing your novel. Included in this edition are essays by a number of noted romance writers, includingJude Deveraux, Roberta Gellis, Jayne Ann Krentz, Carole Nelson Douglas, and Bertrice Small.

How to Write a Romance and Get It Published remains a useful resource, especially for the novice writer looking for a concise overview of this important field. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you Kathryn...
I first read Kathryn Falks book 15 years ago when I was only 18. It inspired me so much that I decided to write to Kathryn and ask for some personal advice. To my surprize she answered my letter. Her suggestion wasfor me to wait and experience life and romance of my own before I began towrite. She was even kind enough to invite me to a writers convention in NewYork to listen in and meet other writers. Although I was unable to go, herwords of encouragement inspired me. I am now 33 and a mother of four andhave started writing a novel. I am glad I waited because life has taught meso much over the past 15 years. Thank you Kathryn for listening and takingthe time to write to a young girl who needed those words of encouragement.I think your book is great. I have read it many times and I always referback to it when I have a problem with my writing.

2-0 out of 5 stars So-so...
This book could do with a thorough revision.Much of it is heavily dated.

There are a few really good essays, especially the ones on how toresearch and organize your research.Those essays are invaluable.I alsoappreciate the suggestions on whose romances to read to see the craft ofwriting in action.These lists too need updating so we can look for booksthat reflect today's market.

But most of the essays on writing frustratedme.The authors only state what to do and rarely give much explanation onHOW to do it.The essays are much too short and not at all comprehensive. They're certainly interesting as a look at what authors say they do inwriting romances, but not very instructive in teaching others how to doit.

If Ms. Falk revises this book, I would strongly suggest asking theauthors to revise their essays to include more description of how-tomechanics.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Romance Reference Book Available!
I've spend hundreds of dollars on various romance novel writing guides andbooks...But yet I still come back to this one.This is, by far, the bestromance novel writing guide available.If you are serious about romancewriting, you must read this book.My copy is so worn from use that I hadto buy another.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference for it's time
I read this years ago, and for it's time(when it was published) it was the only reference tool on how to write a good romance and sell it to the publishers.The only reason I didn't rate it higher is the vast and rapid changes in the romance market since then.But the articles by such people as Bertrice Small, and other romance role-models still make it a must buy, if for nothing but those :)

2-0 out of 5 stars Back then, perhaps...
When Falk wrote HTWR, it probably gave more information to the aspiring author than any other reference of the time.However, there are several books out there now with greater value to writers of women's fiction.The articles Falk includes, written by some great authors, are interesting but not very helpful in teaching the craft.Most books available today that are created for romance writers give a more specific overview of the requirements and secrets of this genre.HTWR just doesn't compare. ... Read more

16. Writing Romance Fiction, for Love and Money
by Helene Schellenberg Barnhart
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Catlog: Book (1983-06-01)
Publisher: Writers Digest Books
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Selling Theme of All Time
A fantastic help and very thorough!

Invaluable information on getting that first sale, and what to do from there.

This book helped me to focus in my writing, and to be a bit more disciplined and organized as well. It also presents the "big picture" of romance writing in a way you'll hardly find anywhere else or in any writing course.

Chapters include: Setting the Mood, Where Lovers Meet, The Harsh and Tender Words of Love, Your Passport to Publication, The Glorious Glow of Success, Reading to Put You in a Romantic Mood, Authors to Study, Research Sources, Romance Publishers, and others.

A very practical and useful book. ... Read more

17. How to Write Love Letters
by Michelle Lovric
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Sales Rank: 139032
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Offering sample writings, historical examples, and practical advice, this invaluable and beautifully packaged book contains guidance for all occasions that call for eloquent and inspired love letters. Modern model letters to adapt and use in specific circumstances, tips on letter-writing techniques, and creative suggestions for packaging and delivering messages of love are peppered with fanciful, original Victorian illustrations, making the look of this volume as romantic as the letters within. With charming specificity, guidance and appropriate words are provided for various would-be Shakespeares, from the "morning-after lover" and the "anniversary lover" to the "frustrated lover" and the "neglected lover." Also included are a short history of epistolary romance, 76 model letters, and a host of helpful and witty epigrams. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Keep It Simple
Lovric does a magnificent job helping the inspired put life's most difficult emotions to paper coherently. The luxuriously decadent presentation of examples written by ordinary people provide a starting point for a variety of circumstances, sure to help any lovesick would-be Cyrano. Too bad it's out of print, but grab one if you can.

4-0 out of 5 stars Write letters that will make your loved one swoon!
This book is great for anyone interested in writing drop-to-the-floor heart-melting love letters. The author is very literary, so the example letters she uses are very witty and unabashedly romantic. Use this book if you really want to make a BIG impression

1-0 out of 5 stars Not Really Helpful
I found this book superficial. It purports to help one write a love letter but if the author was a teacher, I'd drop the course. Besides, the approach is so dated! It is certainly not a book for today's lovers.

5-0 out of 5 stars loving

5-0 out of 5 stars A compilation of love letters with a wondeful how to intro
This book begins with the author's view of how a love letter should be written. The author draws on historical letters, sayings, and techniques to show the reader what has been succesful in the past. She also includes ideas on how to deliver, send, and even what pen to use when you are writing your letter. This how to introduction is followed by a compilation of famous love letters from history. The letters are divided up into sections that start with letters that are trying to woo someone, letters that are written during the excitng early stages of a relationship, and even letters that are written after a long relationship has been established. This book is for the hopeless romantic in us all. It is especially great for guys who are hopless romantics. This book is the kind of book that you can read here and there in. You can read whatever letters you want in no particular order and just enjoy the feeling you get from reading letters that come from the heart. ... Read more

18. The Romance of Reunion: Northerners and the South, 1865-1900. (book reviews) : An article from: The Mississippi Quarterly
by Robert F. Martin
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This digital document is an article from The Mississippi Quarterly, published by Mississippi State University on September 22, 1994. The length of the article is 59463 words. The page length shown above is based on a typical 300-word page. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Digital Locker immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

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Title: The Romance of Reunion: Northerners and the South, 1865-1900. (book reviews)
Author: Robert F. Martin
Publication: The Mississippi Quarterly (Refereed)
Date: September 22, 1994
Publisher: Mississippi State University
Volume: v47Issue: n4Page: p699(3)

Article Type: Book Review

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19. Improve Your Romance Writing Skills
by Genevieve Montcombroux, Michael Montcombroux, Geneviève Montcombroux
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Geneviève & Michael Montcombroux, both multi-published authors and teachers, have collaborated on this comprehensive how-to manual.

Improve Your Romance Writing Skills will help the aspiring writer become a successful author and avoid many pitfalls. It will help more experienced writers hone their skills.

Clear and systematic, it's a must for all romance writers. Some of the topics covered include characterization, plot, dialogue, voice, description, pacing, and a host of other skills needed to write a compelling romance novel. ... Read more

20. Adventure, mystery, and romance: Formula stories as art and popular culture
by John G Cawelti
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Catlog: Book (1976)
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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