Kate Walker's 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance

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  • ISBN-13: 9781842851319
  • Publisher: Studymates Limited
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Pages: 265
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

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    The bible of writing romance.

    Being an aspiring writer, in the last three years I've read all kinds of "how to" manuals and seen lots of advice about writing in my chosen genre, romance. I collect those tips, and pay attention to every word shared by published successful writers. Having all the essential information together in a single book is a wonderful tool for me. Especially when this book is more than theory, it's a workbook as well. Kate Walker's 12-point Guide to Writing Romance is perfect for writers who are targeting Harlequin Mills and Boon. However, its teachings are great for any romance writer, regardless of which publisher they are planning to submit their work to. The topics covered in it could be applied to any romance novel and sub-genre. The author has a unique way of conveying her experiences and translating them into tools we can actually use and understand. Some of the themes she explains so well, I realized I'd read about them before without having really understood them. The whole book is awesome, and these are my favorite parts: 'Emotional punch' - I love how the author explains what it isn't before describing how to achieve it, and why it's so important. 'Conflict' (my favorite theme in writing, I'm a conflict junkie!) - Kate Walker explains everything about it intelligibly. 'Characters' point of view' - which is a great problem for most new writers, the evil head hopping gets dissected here! I also enjoyed 'Types of heroes and what makes a hero' and how to write a love scene. At the end of every chapter there are questions and exercises. I think some of these could be used again and again, if we ever get stuck with a manuscript. Kate Walker dedicates a chapter to the business part of our trade, giving us great directions on how to submit our writing and inside details on how the publishing industry works. I like and share her opinion on agents. The final part of the book is a contribution from more than twenty generous and successful romance writers, who took the time to share with us their experiences and give us useful advice. I highly recommend this book to any romance writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2004

    Kate Walker's 12-Point Guide to Writing Romance

    This guide has something for everyone whether you¿re a beginner or a best selling author. It does a fantastic job of teaching you new concepts and making you rethink old ones. It¿s truly the last and only 'How to Write a Romance Novel' guide you¿ll ever need. And I¿m sure it will be the standard in 'how to guides' for romance writers for many years to come. This book has won the CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award Best Book for Writers 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2004

    Kate Walker's 12-Point Guide to Writing Romance

    This Guide is a comprehensive survey of all you need to know when writing category romances, written in a clear, encouraging style that makes you want to sit down at the keyboard right away and practise what Kate Walker advocates¿ a book which should be on the bookshelf of every aspiring romance author. ~ Marina Oliver (former Chairman of the Romantic Novelists' Association, now Editor of the RNA NEWS)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2004

    Kate Walker's 12-Point Guide to Writing Romance

    Kate Walker's 12 Point Plan for writing romance is truly fantastic. Not only is Kate a strong storyteller and very successful romance author, but she is a natural teacher and puts the elements of good writing in terms that will click with anyone reading her book. If you are serious about pursuing a career in romantic fiction, I can't recommend Kate's plan highly enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2004

    Kate Walker's 12-Point Guide to Writing Romance

    Kate Walker has come up with another keeper. Her 12-Point Guide to Writing Romance is clear, comprehensive and practical and jam-packed full of the kind of inside information it would take a stack of rejection/revision letters to learn the hard way. The checklists are wonderful for any writer published or yet to be. A fabulous resource, almost like having the multi published Kate sitting alongside sharing her experience and wisdom with you as you write. If you write romance, do yourself a favour and get this book. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2004

    Kate Walker's 12-Point Guide to Writing Romance

    Kate Walker has done it again! She has produced a guide to romance writing that has surpassed her previous excellent effort. The book is an outgrowth of her expertise at leading workshops and guiding aspiriing Romance writers of all ages towards the goal of publication. As well, Kate draws on her expeince of writing over 43 books for Mills and Boon. Anyone who seeks to achieve that goal or who simply wants to improve their craft of romance writing would do well to buy this book. Not only does Kate explain each of her 12 topics from emotion to the believeable happy ever after ending with a great deal of depth and clarity, she also provides lists of discussion questions to get you thinking about your novel and exercises to help improve your writing. She explains the hows and whys of conflict, the importance of sensuality and passion as well the need to keep asking why. She even has a section that deals with coping with editor or agent generated revisions. If you are serious about romance writing, this book should be on your shelves.

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