Craft Compelling, Salable Romances With a Christian Worldview
Every novel needs believable characters, strong plot lines, and universal themesand Christian romance is no exception. This unmatched resource by award-winning novelist Gail Gaymer Martin will help you master basic fiction writing skills, while ensuring your story meets and exceeds the standards of the Christian market. It comprehensively covers the special techniques and elements of the Christian romance novel, as well as how to sell your finished product to a publisher. Through detailed step-by-step instruction, examples from successful Christian romances, and practical exercises, you'll discover how to:
- develop a story that includes personal, romantic, and spiritual growth
- incorporate prayer and spirituality into your story
- use introspection to fully develop characters' relationship with God
- discuss issues of sin and forgiveness in believable ways
- present sexuality realistically, but from a Christian viewpoint
Martin's exercises will help you apply what you've learned so that you are actively becoming a better writer and can work toward your goal of a finished romance. She'll also teach you the different options for romance publishinga single title or a category romanceand help you decide what you want to write and who to market it to. Because it covers so much, Writing the Christian Romance will help you create a beautiful romance made even more meaningful because of its openness to God's love.
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About the Author
Accomplished author and conference speaker Gail Gaymer Martin is the award-winning author of more than 25 Christian romance novels and is a co-founder of American Christian Fiction Writers. Greystoke Entertainment has optioned her 2003 novel, The Christmas Kite , for a Hallmark TV movie.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Writing the Christian Romance by Gail Gaymer Martin, published by Writers Digest Books, copyright 2008, is eleven nonfiction chapters of direction and guidance for aspiring Christian romance authors. Some of it is very basic, but other parts go into great detail that can only serve to hone a writer's skills and craft when applied. Chapter 7 deals with point of view and Chapter 8 with dialogue, which are usually two issues beginning writers have to hone. There's also a chapter on plotting. I highly recommend this book from a well-known Christian author as a tool for improving one's writing for the Christian romance market, and I wish I'd picked it up earlier. I've highlighted important concepts and marked my copy for use as a writing tool to add to my library of resources. It's available in a beautiful paperback and is worth the price. If you want to be successful within the Christian market, don't miss this book.
Gail's book is the 'bible' for new Christian romance writers. She covers every angle I could think of to get a writer started and headed in the right direction, giving examples from her own and other authors' works.
Gail Gaymer Martin has done an excellent job in guiding novice writers through her book, 'Writing the Christian Romance'. She has taken some difficult concepts and made them much easier to understand, as any good teacher would. 'And since I've been a public school teacher for thirty five years, I know one when I see one!' Approaching the information through styles of learning, she explains 'verbal', shows clear examples 'visual', and offers hands-on exercises to clarify/experience what's been learned 'tactile'. Even if you don't intend to write a Christian/romance novel, this book is extremely helpful 'to hit the ground running' for budding authors of any genre.
Prolific author Gail Gaymer Martin has skillfully produced a long-awaited and much-needed book for aspiring Christian romance authors. Writing the Christian Romance is clearly written and well-organized, with varied input from successful authors in the field. I highly recommend this excellent resource for those who are seeking to break into this extremely competitive genre.