Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels (How to Write Kissing Books, #1)

Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels (How to Write Kissing Books, #1)

by Gwen Hayes

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What makes a romance novel a romance? How do you write a kissing book?


Writing a well-structured romance isn't the same as writing any other genre—something the popular novel and screenwriting guides don't address. The romance arc is made up of its own story beats, and the external plot and theme need to be braided to the romance arc—not the other way around.

Told in conversational (and often irreverent) prose, Romancing the Beat can be read like you are sitting down to coffee with romance editor and author Gwen Hayes while she explains story structure. The way she does with her clients. Some of whom are regular inhabitants of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.

Romancing the Beat is a recipe, not a rigid system. The beats don't care if you plot or outline before you write, or if you pants your way through the drafts and do a "beat check" when you're revising. Pantsers and plotters are both welcome.


So sit down, grab a cuppa, and let's talk about kissing books.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153245737
Publisher: Gwen Hayes
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Series: How to Write Kissing Books , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 203,310
File size: 796 KB

About the Author

Gwen Hayes writes romance for adult and teen readers. You know...kissing books. 

Gwen is represented by Deidre Knight of the Knight Agency.

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