Friday, 19 November 2010

Book Review: Kate Walker's 12 Point Guide To Writing Romance

12-Point Guide to Writing Romance (Studymates Writers Guides)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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  1. I only review but I'm a member of Romance Writer's of America. Last year I gave this as a door prizr st the Seattle Emerald City Writer's Conference. The winner was thrilled and wrote me later to say it's wonderful!

    Kate is a marvelous author and mentor to so many aspiring authors.

  2. I have this book too! I love it. (And I love chick-lit) LOL

  3. @Marilyn, yes, it's a useful book. Definitely staying on my bookshelf.

    @Jennifer - me too! :D


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