12-Point Guide to Writing Romance by Kate Walker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This will live on my bookshelf. There are exercises that I really would like to attempt and is definitely good to have as a reference. I did do one of the exercises, but should have done more. Definitely good to treat this as an workbook, too.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to write for Mills and Boon Harlequin because it really is aimed at them. It gives a lot of detail about the specific lines and what they require. I'm not really sure if I'm Mills and Boon material (or voice), however, I still found it useful for writing romance in general. Definitely worth a read.
At the back, the last chapter is really writing advice from old and new Mills and Boon authors. Liz Fielding is there! From these authors, the general consensus is you can't edit a blank page... so write, write, write! The other piece of advice they raised was read, read, read. Research is also key, so read the lines, genre you want to write for.
So you'll be seeing a lot of chick-lit in my reading pile next year.
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