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Isn't it Romantic? Developing Romance in Your Romance Novel

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Online class: March 3-31, 2008

"Isn't It Romantic? Developing Romance in Your Romance Novel"

by Virginia Kantra

Registration $30 at www.WriterUniv.com/

RWA National defines a romance novel as "a central love story" with "an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending." To be emotionally satisfying, the romance must be true both to what the reader knows and to what the writer has to say. Good love stories are universal (tap into the readers' shared emotions and experiences) and unique (use specific, significant details that belong to the story).

This workshop explores how combining universal emotion and unique detail in seven essential romance components result in love stories that are believable, memorable...and satisfying! Topics covered will include:

* Physical awareness/attraction (you have to have it!)

* Emotional conflict (not only external)

* Scenes that develop emotional intimacy (action, not just sex and communication.)

* Dating/courtship scenes

* Sex scenes

* The lovers in society

* The payoff scene

USA Today bestselling author Virginia Kantra is a six-time Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist and has won numerous writing awards, including the Golden Heart, Golden Leaf, Maggie Award, Holt Medallion, and 2003 and 2004 National Readers' Choice Awards. After selling over a dozen books to Silhouette, including her popular "MacNeill Brothers" and "Trouble in Eden" series, she now writes romantic suspense and fantasy novellas for Berkley.


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