Writing Tips from KYRW
So, you want to write romance. How do
“By reading romance. Read everything you
can get your hands on until you know what kinds of romance you
love the most, that most appeal to your need to express yourself.
Then write the story in your heart, the story that compels you
to put pen to paper. That story may never sell, but it will
give you some indication of whether you have what it takes to
sit down every day and pour your soul onto paper. Once you're
confident this is what you want to do, then start finding the
How To books and RWA.”
Bestselling author of 37 books with 3.5 million
“My best advice would
be to write your first book, then go back and learn how to write.
There will always come a time when you have to put away the
“How To...” books and begin to practice what they
preach. If you want to learn how to play the piano, you don't
read books about playing the piano, you play the darned piano!
You practice until your fingers are stiff and sore and writing
romance or writing of any kind is no different. Then once you
have a finished manuscript, you can begin to study marketing.
Join Romance Writers of America, subscribe to Writer's Digest
magazine, invest in a copy of the most recent edition of the
Writer's Market and the Agent's Market and learn how to sell
what you wrote. As soon as you finish that first project, begin
marketing it and start work on the next project. Read widely
within the genre, but read widely outside of it as well. There's
nothing I'd rather be reading more than romance, but if we're
all reading romance all the time, it's inevitable that we'll
begin to cannibalize each other.”
USA Today bestselling author with over 3
million books in print