Write Romance Fiction Course Modules

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Module One: Introduction to Writing Romance Fiction

Module One is your introduction to the vast and exciting world of the romance fiction writer. We’ll pinpoint exactly what Romantic Fiction is and why it’s written. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of today’s market and we’ll reveal the five key decisions every successful romance writer makes at the start of their journey. Throughout this module you’ll also gain vital tips and techniques the professionals use for creating the time, space and energy to write a novel in and around your busy life. And much more!

Module Overview

  • What is romantic fiction?
  • Writing your own romantic fiction.
  • Focus
  • Terminology
  • Heat level
  • Genre
  • Testing techniques
  • Publishing aims
  • Market study
  • What you might need, as a writer – and how to get it
  • Find the time, space and energy to write
  • Writer’s Equipment
  • Your reference library
  • Storytelling and writing
  • Challenges
  • Your 5 vital decisions
  • Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Flash Fiction
  • The elements of writing
  • Working with logic
  • Character building, Structure, Timeline, Tenses, Setting
  • Publishing and self-publishing
  • Promotion and networking
  • Self-motivation and rejection
  • Much more!

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    Module Two: Finding your Genre (click to open)

    Romance is the world’s biggest genre of fiction with many diverse sub-genres within it. In this cutting-edge module, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the range of categories available to you in today’s market, as well as how each genre is marketed to a specific reader. By the end of Module Two, you will have identified the specific sub-genre of romance that is most suitable for you. You will have uncovered the shifting trends that have shaped romantic fiction throughout the years and you’ll know how to use this intel to your advantage.

    Module Overview

  • What is a genre?
  • Chick Lit
  • Romantic Comedy
  • Romance
  • Inspirational Romance
  • Sweet Romance
  • LGBTQ Romance
  • Ethnic Romance
  • Multi-cultural Romance
  • Erotica
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Military Romance
  • Western Romance
  • Native American Romance
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Saga
  • Historical Romance
  • Alternative History
  • Steampunk
  • Retellings
  • Women’s Fiction
  • Hen Lit
  • Lad Lit
  • Young Adult
  • New Adult
  • Much more!

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    Module Three: Heroes and Heroines (click to open)

    In Module Three you’ll discover techniques for transforming your hero and heroine from cardboard cut-outs to real life characters that readers will fall in love with. This vital module guides you in understanding what types of hero and heroine are most popular, and how to make them original, realistic and irresistible. You will also discover the common mistakes that most amateurs repeatedly make, with lots of fitting examples to illustrate each key learning point.

    Module Overview

  • Hero and Heroine
  • Love your hero
  • A hero should never…
  • Making your hero irresistible
  • Who’s your hero?
  • Alpha Male
  • Beta Male or True Friend
  • The Loner
  • The Adventurer
  • The Reluctant Hero
  • The Damaged Male
  • The Unsung Hero
  • Be choosy
  • Hang out with your heroine
  • What your heroine should never be
  • Who’s your heroine?
  • Ditzy but endearing
  • Damsel in distress
  • Successful and driven
  • Brainy mouse
  • Heroine on a mission
  • Earth mother
  • Everyone loves a heroine
  • No doormats, thank you
  • Every heroine makes mistakes
  • Much more!

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    Module Four: Creating a Couple (click to open)

    To create any successful romance, your reader must believe in the relationship and want it to succeed. In this vital module you will be setting off fireworks and creating the perfect couple for your romance story. You’ll discover how to create sizzling conflicts, drama and romantic tension that pulls your reader in and has them eagerly flipping the pages late into the night.

    Module Overview

  • Coupling them up
  • ‘He’s not right for her, is he? Or is he?’
  • Getting those sparks flying
  • An interest in the same project or job
  • Make one dependent upon the other
  • Give them precisely the same goal
  • A little white lie
  • Forced together
  • Obliged to marry
  • Forced together
  • Consider the market
  • Using your heroine and hero to drive your plot
  • Ordinary vs. the Extraordinary
  • Who’s driving your story? Your hero? Or your heroine?
  • How do your hero and heroine show their feelings?
  • Body language
  • Facial expression
  • Dialogue
  • Viewpoint character’s perceptions
  • Nationality
  • Age matters
  • Contemporary stories
  • Period
  • Paranormal
  • Sexual Compatibility

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    Module Five: Crafting Convincing Characters (click to open)

    More rejections result from weak characterization than from any other reason. By the end of Module Five you will have learned the little-known, yet easily applicable techniques that best-selling romance writers use to create and develop characters that are three-dimensional, credible, and who can react in a believable way to any situation you put them in. You’ll learn everything from inventing names, to character conflicts, and how to breathe life in to any character. Weak characterization will never again be a problem for you after this comprehensive module.

    Module Overview

  • Building a character biography
  • Things you must know about your character
  • Everybody has a past
  • Naming techniques
  • Names and pitfalls
  • Keeping them occupied
  • Expanding the character biography
  • Keeping in character
  • Autobiographical characters
  • Character journeys
  • Your cast
  • Categorise your cast
  • Central or primary characters
  • Secondary characters
  • Unclear characters
  • Walk-ons
  • Key characters
  • Utilising a cast list
  • The Good, the Bad and Robin Hood
  • Sympathetic characters
  • Unsympathetic characters
  • Leading readers up the garden path
  • Robin Hood
  • Identifying where readers’ sympathies should lie and why it’s useful
  • Well-rounded characters
  • Characterisation and plot
  • Character motivation
  • Dilemma
  • Thirst for justice or revenge
  • Conflicts drive your book

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    Module Six: Dialogue and Body Language (click to open)

    The ability to write good dialogue is central to producing compelling fiction. It is one of the major elements by which your story will stand or fall. In Module Six you will learn everything you need to know about writing powerful dialogue and using body language like a professional. You’ll discover the techniques for manipulating your characters into telling the story for you through their actions, conversations and thoughts. You’ll also be privy to lots of carefully chosen, real life examples of good and bad dialogue in romance fiction today and much more.

    Module Overview

  • Show, Don’t Tell
  • The page is your stage and the characters are your players
  • The stage
  • There are actors on the stage
  • There are actors off-stage
  • To one side of the stage, there’s a commentator
  • ‘Act! Act! Act!’
  • More about motivation
  • Think of the nuances
  • Vivid verbs
  • Sharing character senses
  • Introspection
  • Body language
  • Should we never ‘tell’?
  • Act, react and interact
  • Be a story teller
  • Inside tips about characters
  • Nature or nurture?
  • Subvert expectations
  • A reason for everything
  • The art of dialogue
  • Speak up
  • The functions of dialogue
  • To move your story forward
  • To develop character
  • To encourage your characters to act, react and interact
  • To convey backstory
  • Construct dialogue to match the mood
  • Indirect speech
  • Another use for eavesdropping
  • ‘Interviewing’
  • Punctuation and dialogue
  • Laying out your dialogue
  • Much more!

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    Module Seven: Viewpoint and Voice (click to open)

    In Module Seven you will discover the crucial differences between viewpoints and how to use them to get the most out of your characters. You will also create your ‘author voice’ and you’ll learn how to make your readers chuckle using the tricks of the comedy trade. You’ll also learn the ‘humour’ mistakes most amateurs make that guarantee rejections! Throughout this module we give you lots of hand-picked examples that illustrate each key learning point so that you’ll know exactly what to do – and what not to do!

    Module Overview

  • Viewpoint
  • Omniscient Viewpoint
  • Second person
  • Short stories
  • Novels
  • Viewpoint – perspective (point of view)
  • How do we observe viewpoint discipline?
  • Writing from the perspective of the other gender
  • Study the opposite sex
  • Moving your characters from one state of being to another
  • Character voice
  • Your voice
  • Emotion and Mood
  • Feeling emotional
  • How do they feel? How does that make me feel?
  • Emotional punch
  • Empathy and how to create it
  • Mood and Tone
  • Writing humour
  • Characters behaving badly
  • Humour as a redeeming feature
  • Tricks of the comedy trade
  • Structure
  • Simile and metaphor
  • Amusing words
  • Placing your punchlines
  • Subverting expectations
  • Wordplay
  • Farce
  • The rule of three
  • Situation comedy
  • How many jokes?
  • Funny Characters
  • Bad laughs
  • Cheat sheet for humour
  • Much more!

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    Module Eight: Setting (click to open)
    In Module Eight you will uncover expert techniques for creating a stunning setting that will whisk away your readers and submerge them into your stories surroundings. You will learn the correct way to use the senses in your writing (most beginners get this completely wrong). You’ll know how to efficiently research and arrange your material like a true pro before you even put pen to paper. Throughout this module, you’ll also be privy to lots of eloquent, hand-picked examples that clearly illustrate each key learning point.

    Module Overview

    • Where to begin
    • Employ all your senses
    • Both real and imaginary
    • Making your setting work for you
    • Pitting a character against an environment
    • Writing in Period; The Past
    • What do they say?
    • Communication and the spread of news
    • Events and fashions
    • Attitudes explored
    • In living memory
    • The more distant past
    • Ways to time stamp your manuscript
    • Future or fantasy
    • What’s it like on another planet?
    • Avoiding the infodump
    • Talk it over
    • Convincing otherworldliness
    • How to build a world without an infodump or spoon-feeding
    • The Unhuman
    • Creating a new reality
    • Research, but…
    • Make it Visual
    • Depict
    • Word choice
    • Action!
    • A face full of character
    • Descriptive pitfalls to avoid
    • Style, Colour, Imagery
    • Simile, Metaphor
    • Research techniques
    • Research tools
    • Social media
    • Reference sources for writers
    • Documentaries
    • Experts in the field
    • A summary of research tips

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    Module Nine: What’s the Plot? Part I (click to open)
    The plot is the backbone of your story. Without a plot you don’t have a story to tell. Many amateur romance writers end up with a weak or implausible plot that make their readers give up, with loath or frustration. In Module Nine you will discover how to develop your most titillating ideas and turn them in to exhilarating plots readers will adore.

    Module Overview

    • Idea versus plot
    • Idea
    • The plot
    • The story
    • Where do ideas spring from?
    • Listen carefully
    • Watch out
    • Everyday reading
    • Figments of your imagination
    • Tapping into experience
    • Getting the RIGHT idea
    • Start as you mean to go on
    • Keep it fresh
    • Final check on your idea
    • Identify your theme
    • Example of theme
    • Secondary themes
    • Conflict, obstacles and misunderstandings
    • Expanded plot
    • Misunderstandings
    • Internal conflict
    • External conflict
    • The quest for a plot
    • A look at a quest
    • Secrets
    • Choices
    • Action!
    • Plotting it out
    • Story arc
    • What to leave out
    • Working up to it
    • Vital plotting points
    • Basic plots

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    Module Ten: What’s the Plot? Part II (click to open)
    In Module Ten, we break things down even further by looking at the written components that make up your plot. By the end of this module, you will know how to create a successful story structure, how to start your story and create a killer first line that sucks your readers in, then keeps them turning the pages. You will know the steps to make a winning first chapter and you will uncover the techniques for creating appealing titles that entice your readers.

    Module Overview

    • Structure
    • Titles
    • Finding thematic titles
    • Titles – a hard truth
    • The Beginning
    • Plunging in
    • Prologue
    • Chapter 1
    • First line
    • Which character should you open with?
    • Early scene setting
    • Description
    • Backstory
    • Conversation
    • Set the tone
    • First page hints and tips
    • What to leave out of Chapter 1
    • Chapter 2
    • All chapters
    • Fight the flab, tighten the sag, keep the tension
    • Middle-book sag
    • Foreshadowing
    • Inciting incident
    • Flashbacks and backstory techniques
    • How do we structure flashbacks?
    • Are these less-than-subtle devices necessary?
    • Dual time lines
    • Final chapter(s)
    • Epilogue
    • Playing with structure
    • Unusual ingredients

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    Module Eleven: Writing Erotic Fiction (click to open)
    Sex is a part of romantic writing, yet most writers get sex so wrong. In Module 11, you will learn the art and craft of writing everything from sweet romance to sizzling erotica! By the end of this module, you will discover what makes your readers tick, understand the type of sex you should write, how much sex is expected from your chosen genre and much more. Hand-picked examples, from the suggestive to the explicit, are used throughout.

    Module Overview

    • Sweet romance or inspirational romance
    • How do we know what heat level a publisher wants?
    • Tips to help conquer any heat level issues
    • Sexual tension
    • How to write a love scene
    • How to write Erotica
    • BDSM
    • Study the market
    • What’s hot and what’s not
    • The name on the cover
    • Degrees of sensuality
    • More about words
    • Writing sex as a passionate blur
    • Historical
    • Tips when writing about sex
    • Good sex
    • Bad sex
    • A mistake
    • Turning away from casual sex
    • A drunken mistake
    • Revenge sex
    • A set up
    • Blackmail
    • Pillow Talk
    • Abuse of Power
    • A weapon
    • A plain old disappointment
    • What happens next…?
    • How do you keep the sparkle alive?
    • Safe sex
    • Health
    • Babies
    • Essential senses for sensual scenes
    • Awakening your senses

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    Module Twelve: The Essential Art of Self-Editing (click to open)
    In Module Twelve, you’ll discover the crucial skills needed to get your first draft ready. You’ll learn how to use vivid verbs like the professionals, to bring your writing to life and you’ll discover our Manuscript Preparation process. Finally, we’ll reveal the social media marketing techniques used by savvy best-selling romance writers. Not to be missed!

    Module Overview

    • Tightening and cutting
    • Vivid verbs
    • Grammar? Spelling? Punctuation?
    • Manuscript preparation process
    • When it really seems too hard
    • Writing coaches
    • Critique services
    • Getting Ready for Market
    • How and where to find a home for your work
    • Market research combined with networking
    • Writing magazines
    • A local writing group
    • Courses and Conferences
    • Parties and talks
    • Pseudonym
    • Making connections
    • Your elevator pitch
    • Internet communities and forums
    • Social Media Secrets
    • Building your platform
    • Website and Blogs
    • Why bother?
    • Alternative Routes to Writing Success
    • Magazines and similar markets
    • Magazines and Anthologies
    • Short Story Secrets
    • Flash fiction
    • Novellas
    • CV

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    Module Thirteen: Getting Your Romance Published (click to open)
    You’ve written your first romance, now it’s time to take the plunge! In Module Thirteen, we will delve into the publishing world and walk you through the entire process of getting your romance short story or novel published using our proven and time-tested process. Whether you choose to approach traditional publishers or opt for digital e-publishing, it’s all covered in this packed module. We’ll guide you around the common pitfalls that most beginners fall into. We’ll show you how to work with editors and agents, and we’ll reveal the red flags to watch out for. This is a vital module that will quickly convert you from rank amateur to respected author.

    Module Overview

    • Boundaries blurring
    • Agents
    • Approaching an agent
    • The Harsh Reality
    • Approaching an agent after an offer has been made
    • Traditional print publishers
    • A few nuts and bolts of traditional publishing
    • E-Publishers
    • A few nuts and bolts of traditional publishing
    • Digital First Publishers
    • Print on demand
    • Self-publishing
    • A few nuts and bolts of self-publishing
    • Assisted publishing
    • Competitions, awards and prizes
    • Writing for Radio
    • Who’s listening?
    • A few nuts and bolts of writing for radio
    • Writing for the Internet
    • Magazines
    • A few nuts and bolts of writing for magazines
    • Anthologies
    • Much more!

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    Module Fourteen: The Business of Romance Writing (click to open)
    Module Fourteen prepares you to become a published author as you learn to submit your manuscript with confidence and professionally handle what comes next; from sole-destroying rejection letters to publishing deals. You’ll discover the tips and tricks to self-promotion and you’ll become an expert in the steps of publication. This extensive module covers the essential, yet rarely discussed, business-side of romance that successful writers need to know.

    Module Overview

    • What does an agent or publisher want?
    • The first three chapters of your book
    • Synopsis
    • Covering Letter
    • Things not to say
    • Things that put agents or publishers off
    • Submitting a novel
    • The Slush Pile
    • Make the most of what you’ve got
    • Waiting…
    • The Next Step
    • Taking revisions on the chin
    • Rejection
    • YESSSSSSSSSSS!
    • Contracts
    • A few common terms
    • Subsidiary Rights
    • Self-publishing and subsidiary rights
    • More edits and revisions
    • Revision requests
    • The First Rule of a successful writing career
    • Blurb, etc.
    • Romance, Chick-Lit, Suspense, Inspirational or Sweet Romance
    • Erotica
    • Paranormal
    • Saga or Historical
    • Money
    • Royalties and subsidiary rights
    • Public lending rights
    • Licensing and collecting services
    • Business
    • Copyright and Permissions
    • Talks and panel discussions
    • Pros and Cons
    • Pro tips on public speaking
    • Promotion on the Radio
    • Branding and Creating a bio
    • Your Happily Ever After

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