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How to Write Romances (Howdunit Writing) [Paperback]

Phyllis Taylor Pianka
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24 Jun 1999 Howdunit Writing
In bookselling today, romance is the bestselling genre in the market. This book offers writers expert guidance for creating stories that will captivate readers and get the attention of publishers.'

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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; New edition edition (24 Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898798671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898798678
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,079,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Mary Chrapliwy VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I'm not a romance writer, but decided, on the recommendation of a friend, to read this book. Before I knew it I had my highlighter out and was highlighting key things that I knew I wanted to refer back to.

This book is not just a book about how to write romances. It is far more than that. It also gives key information on writing romance vs mainstream fiction, tremendously useful key information, and a lot of encouragement (enough that I actually outlined the plot of my next novel).

I have read a lot of books regarding writing. This is one of the most useful ones I've read to date. I believe any beginning writer could benefit from much of the information held in this particular book. It now stands as a keeper on my shelf - one I'm sure I'll refer back to as my writing progresses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 4 April 2000
By PDEE112@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A must for anyone who wants to write a romance book. Mrs.Pianka does an superb job in her step by step process of how to begin your novel. And the character description sheets are ideal for sketching out your characters. This book is exactly what the aspiring romance novelist needs.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging and Great for Aspiring Novelists 8 Oct 2002
By Beth Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book has really calmed a lot of fears that I had when I began writing. Pianka is very thorough but not overbearing in her explanations on how to create compelling romance. She includes great advice from well known romance writers such as Nora Roberts and Jo Beverley. I have the highest regards for many of the people who she interviewed.
She makes learning fun and enjoyable. There are many humorous antecedotes that made me laugh. And I enjoyed reading some of the things editors had to say as well. She also kept me grounded with her advice that the process can be hard and there is a lot of competition. But she's very encouraging and uplifting with her advice that there's lots of unexplored plots, characters and ground to be discovered in romance fiction.
Fast Flowing... this book really helps to get you focused and serious about writing.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only romance manual you need. 27 Nov 2000
By sarah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Very, very valuable as both a guide to writing romances and a guide to getting them published. Gives concrete, useful tips and techniques on all aspects of the process, and manages to make it all sound fun and achievable. Especially excellent were the sections on dialogue, planning, plot pacing, and writing for specific lines and genres (historical, fantasy, Christian, etc). Also much fun to read if you think romances are silly, because there are frequent references to how popular "secret babies, cowboys and arranged marriages" are.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent general writing tips - keep the highlighter handy 15 Mar 2007
By Mary Chrapliwy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm not a romance writer, but decided, on the recommendation of a friend, to read this book. Before I knew it I had my highlighter out and was highlighting key things that I knew I wanted to refer back to.

This book is not just a book about how to write romances. It is far more than that. It also gives key information on writing romance vs mainstream fiction, tremendously useful key information, and a lot of encouragement (enough that I actually outlined the plot of my next novel).

I have read a lot of books regarding writing. This is one of the most useful ones I've read to date. I believe any beginning writer could benefit from much of the information held in this particular book. It now stands as a keeper on my shelf - one I'm sure I'll refer back to as my writing progresses.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent How-To for Romance Genre 30 Jun 2006
By W. Terry Whalin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In American fiction, 40% of the marketplace is in the romance category. Novelist Phyllis Pianka takes writers through the paces to learn about the genre and discover their niche in the marketplace. In particular I love the realism built into the section called Fifty-Three Reasons Why a Book May Be Rejected.

Because I am an acquisitions editor and I've rejected more than 200 fiction submissions since January, I can quickly agree with these various reasons and the validity of them in many writer's submissions.

If you are interested in learning how to write romance novels, I recommend you consider this book.
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