Writing romance: a reading list

Once upon a time, I was convinced that I wanted to write a romance novel.
I think it was after I worked at Harlequin one summer. Reading steamy romance novels and looking at the hot book-cover guys all day can have that effect on a girl. So I signed up for a romance writing class and gave it a shot.
Turns out the class wasn’t really much help (although I’m still friends with some people I met there), and I kind of gave up on the whole thing. But the idea of writing a romance novel still intrigues me. People are quick to dismiss it (along with horror, YA and pretty much any genre that sells), but I have a feeling it’s not as easy as it looks.
If you’re also feeling inspired to attempt writing romance, here are some books I found that could be helpful.

On Writing Romance: How to Craft a Novel That Sells
by Leigh Michaels
I actually own this book already and it’s a great read not just for romance writers, but for writers in general.

Romance Writer’s Phrase Book
by Jean Kent & Candace Shelton
Examples from this book include “her jutting breasts and narrow waist” and “her hair was a luminous buttercup yellow”.

Writing the Great American Romance Novel
by Catherine Lanigan
I’m Canadian, but I’m hoping that doesn’t matter.

Be A Sex-Writing Strumpet
by Stacia Kane
Honestly, I just want a book on my shelf that has the word “strumpet” in the title.

  • winterbayne
    February 12, 2014

    After reading a lack luster how to book, I needed this. Adding to my to-read list Thanks!

  • winterbayne
    February 12, 2014

    Oh, and it is a LOT harder than most people think.

  • Sheila
    February 12, 2014

    Those sound like fun ones – especially that phrase book. Every once in a while, I wonder about writing a romance but haven’t attempted it yet. I’m guessing it would be a huge challenge but could be pretty entertaining too.

  • Maggie
    February 12, 2014

    Ah, “strumpet” is an awesome word!

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