Review: How to Write A Romance

How to Write a Romance: OR How to Write Witty Dialogue, Smoldering Love Scenes, and Well-Suited Characters in Impossible Situations Who, It Is a Truth Universally Acknowledged, Overcome Their Differences and Find Their Happily Ever After






A unique, beautifully designed journal filled with helpful tips and invaluable advice vital for every aspiring romance novelist—and every romance fan!

For romance writers and readers alike, How to Write a Romance is a sleek, inventive journal that will inspire you to create love stories that stir the heart, tease the imagination, and touch the soul. Inside this handy diary, you’ll find an introduction and tip sheet compiled by the editors of Avon Books, the premiere romance publisher.

Sharing their wisdom and expertise, the Avon Romance editors guide you through the basic construction of a romance novel and highlight the most common pitfalls to avoid. The pages that follow include 180 prompts touching on every aspect of romance writing: dialogue, character development, scene description, situational entries, and more. Exercise your imagination and skill with such challenges as:

Describe your heroine without her having to look in the mirror.

Make a list of 5-10 of your hero’s characteristics—be sure to include both good and bad qualities to help clarify how he will react in different situations.

Write a scene between two female characters discussing something unrelated to the hero.

Write a meet cute in a library.

In addition, renowned bestselling Avon authors such as Eloisa James, Beverly Jenkins, Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, Sarah MacLean, Jennifer Ryan, Lori Wilde, and more, share their own insights and offer words of encouragement, sprinkled throughout the journal in hand-lettered text.

A beautiful keepsake and practical tool that embodies the essence of romance fiction, How to Write a Romance will enflame your passionate and creative spirit!

Rating: 4-stars


How to Write A Romance by the Avon Team is a book I wanted badly. Avon publishes some of the best romance novels I have read. When I heard about this book, I was dying to get my hands on it. It has arrived. Depending on where the creative writer is at in his or her stage, and how much experience he/she has will depend on how happy they are with this book.

I was a tad bit disappointed. When I opened it, I expected so many things to discover to help my creativity and turn me into a romance writer. Wishful thinking. However, it does provide a deep thinking guide to get my mind into the romance genre. It has tons of questions throughout the book that made me stop, think, rethink, and explore my creativity. I was able to jot down facts or ideas that I can later expand on when needed. This book was mostly a journal with inspiring ideas, quotes, and questions. If a writer is looking for something more than that, this would not be that book. But it is a good start for those interested in writing romance.

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