Romancing the Beat: a recommendation

I’d like to introduce you to a wonderful tool for romance writers. Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes is one of my go-to books when someone asks for a book recommendation that can help strengthen their writing.

FROM AMAZON: What makes a romance novel a romance? How do you write a kissing book?
Writing a well-structured romance isn’t the same as writing any other genre—something the popular novel and screenwriting guides don’t address. The romance arc is made up of its own story beats, and the external plot and theme need to be braided to the romance arc—not the other way around.
Told in conversational (and often irreverent) prose, Romancing the Beat can be read like you are sitting down to coffee with romance editor and author Gwen Hayes while she explains story structure. The way she does with her clients. Some of whom are regular inhabitants of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.
Romancing the Beat is a recipe, not a rigid system. The beats don’t care if you plot or outline before you write, or if you pants your way through the drafts and do a “beat check” when you’re revising. Pantsers and plotters are both welcome. So sit down, grab a cuppa, and let’s talk about kissing books.

I personally have a copy of Romancing the Beat on my bookshelf, and I reach for it often. I give it as a gift to my author friends. It offers valuable insight on the method of creating the beats instead of telling you “this is how to do it”. Gwen’s writing style is cozy, inviting, and knowledgeable. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginning romance author or a well-seasoned one; this book will help you.

Already have the book? Love it? Hate it? Let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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