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.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you're writing romance, you need this book. It's so easy to use and Gwen gives step by step guidance with examples! It's easy to use and keeps all you writing resources in one place. She even gives you an outline template that she uses at the end. Definitely worth 3.99.