The other day, I ran into someone who stated they would love to write a romance novel but didn’t really know how to get started. I think we tend to forget how little if anything we knew when we first started writing. And no, I’m not talking craft here, but about the resources available to writers. I think any writer worth their salt, continues to learn and grow with every book they write.
But for those just getting started, who’ve maybe dreamed of writing for years, but isn’t aware of the resources available out there, it can be a tough road. I am always amazed when another writer shares something with me that of course they thought I already knew about. Love those tidbits and gather them up like a squirrel gathering nuts before the first snow fall.
So today I’m sharing some resources for those who are just starting out writing and haven’t found a cache’ of goodies to help them along on their path.
- Romance Writers of America-This is at the top of my list of recommendations if you’re serious about writing a romance novel. A national organization for aspiring and published romance writers. This organization offers a fabulous national conference and education among many other things. There are local and online chapters as well. Joining RWA will offer you access to contests, meetings, classes, and so much more.
- Margie Lawson Academy– If you are serious about the craft of writing You should check this website out. She offers incredible classes that will make you writing pop, as well classes on plotting and so much more.
- RT Book Review Magazine– If you want to write a romance it’s a great idea to get a feel for what’s out there and selling right now. RT is a great way to do that with their reviews divided up into different romance genres. I usually pick up my hard copy of this at Barnes and Noble, but it is also available online. Just a suggestion, buy some books with high reviews and buy some with lower reviews. This is an excellent way to study the genre you are interested in writing.
- Write or Die– Yep, that is the name. This is a great program that encourages you to get words on the page and fast too! I won’t go into all the details here, but basically you set the word count you want to reach and you time limit and write. You are trying to beat the clock. There are different levels of punishment for not reaching your goal, but I can tell you the highest level is scary as the program begins to eat your words if you don’t make it. Sounds rough I know, but you will be amazed at how many words you write when you dump that nagging little editor on your shoulder and just go for it.
- Books-This last one is a couple of books I found invaluable when I finally discovered them.
- Goal, Motivation, and Conflict by Debra Dixon
- The Emotional Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
- On writing Romance by Leigh Micheals
- First Draft in 30 days by Karen Wiesner
These are great resources to have, but the best thing you can do is write the best book you possibly can. I hope these will help you to do that. I’m sure there are a bunch more out there and if any of you have any amazing ones you’d like to share, we’d love to here about them.