The bottom line is this:
Your characters could be costing you a sale. A Romance editor will hold you to a different set of rules than a Mystery or Fantasy editor.
In a Romance, the primary plot equals the lovers' relationship. Crime-fighting and world-building for instance must take a back seat to the love story.
Novel writing worksheets (PDF) Below you will find free printable worksheets to help you in planning your fiction book. They are all based on structures and guides found in the Novel Factory, so if you find them useful, then check out the free trial of the software. The Worksheets (Click each image to view larger version.) Save the Cat Beat Sheet: Elizabeth Davis created this spreadsheet based on Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat writing craft book. His beat sheet is great for organizing a story during drafting or revisions, and this spreadsheet makes the process easier. The characterization worksheets also help fiction writers devise the two most crucial elements of a Romance novel's plot: The reasons why the Hero and Heroine are afraid to fall in love, and The obstacles that the Hero and Heroine must overcome to achieve a .
If you can't rein in your subplots to focus on the evolving love relationship between two mutually consenting adults, you will not sell your manuscript as a Romance novel. I was using templates from a male author, and there is a huge difference in what a female writer would ask a hero.
These will be immensely helpful. Her hope was to speed aspiring authors toward their first book contract. Adrienne's worksheets let you "interview" your characters to learn their most important background material and personality traits. In this way, you are creating characters who are complex and memorable.
The characterization worksheets also help fiction writers devise the two most crucial elements of a Romance novel's plot: The reasons why the Hero and Heroine are afraid to fall in love, and The obstacles that the Hero and Heroine must overcome to achieve a happy ending.
Romance Readers Speak Out At a Romantic Times Convention, a roundtable was held with published authors, booksellers, and die-hard fans to discuss what modern Romance readers want in a love story.
According to Wainscott's article, strong characters -- Heroes and Heroines -- top the list, followed closely by the strength of the love story. Booksellers and Readers Speak Out. Characterization Help for Romance Writers Winner of the Best Historical Romance of the Year, bestselling author and book writing coach, Adrienne deWolfe, has won 5 awards for characterization.
She understands first-hand how to write a Romance that sells.
As a self-professed plot writer, she spent 10 grueling years trying to get her first Romance novel published. Since that time, Adrienne has developed numerous tools to help Romance writers successfully write and sell their books, including:Novel writing worksheets (PDF) Below you will find free printable worksheets to help you in planning your fiction book.
They are all based on structures and guides found in the Novel Factory, so if you find them useful, then check out the free trial of the software.
Click here to get the Novel Outline Summary Worksheet Click here to get the Character Outline Worksheet Click here to get the Scene Outline Worksheet Novel outline - next steps Click on a link below: Go to a complete list of CWN pages on how to write a novel.
Sign . Use these free novel planning tools and worksheets to help you plan your next novel, for NaNoWriMo prep or any time. Hi, I want to write my own novel, I have so many ideas in my head and I’m having a bit of trouble putting it into a coherent story, I have no idea where to begin or how to start.
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Here you'll find your practical worksheets for you to download. There are hundreds, possibly thousands of articles on novel plotting on the web. There are a few plotting worksheets, with spaces and questions for you to fill in your own work – some of them are good.
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