Writing a romance novel is simple when you are passionate about the subject and know you are ready to begin writing it. Preparation is important and one way of doing so is by reading about the industry, knowing what is selling now, identify who your target audience will be, decide what genre you are interested in writing for and make your novel different from what is published and available today. You will need to have read your share of romance books in order to get the feel on how they are written from beginning to end, what makes them interesting to read and what writing styles authors are using.
You will need to create your characters, name them, give them careers, find a place for them to live, create secondary characters, develop a plot, conflict and resolution to the conflicts. Dialogue is extremely important in a romance novel because you want to engage your readers and keep them hooked on your story. I find the best part of writing the romance novel is putting it all together and, once you complete it, going back to read it in its entirety. You will be spending time editing and making revisions before you take your next steps of formatting the manuscript to get it ready for submission. Be prepared to make several edits and it is helpful to take a break from editing or revisions because, after a while, you may end up missing grammatical errors or misspellings. I recommend not reviewing your manuscript for a one week after your second revision because, this way, you will be able to catch any mistakes you might have missed on your last editing session.
While it sounds intimidating, submitting your manuscript for publication is not as bad is it sounds. The process gets easier when you do all the necessary research on how to do this and become familiar with submissions guidelines. However, you may face the disappointment of rejection letters. However,
Getting a rejection letter is disappointing and may discourage you from submitting your manuscript again. However, you should not give up. Keep submitting your work and, at the same time, keep a file with any rejection letters you receive. A rejection letter does not mean your novel is not good enough, but it probably meant that it was not the type of project the publisher or agent needed. The more you research and learn about submissions guidelines the easier it gets. Keep submitting if you believe in your novel until you achieve your goal of having it published.
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