Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels (How to Write Kissing Books Book 1)

Romancing the Beat Story Structure for Romance Novels How to Write Kissing Books Book What makes a romance novel a romance How do you write a kissing book Writing a well structured romance isn t the same as writing any other genre something the popular novel and screenwriting guides do
  • Title: Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels (How to Write Kissing Books Book 1)
  • Author: Gwen Hayes
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  • Page: 284
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  • Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels (How to Write Kissing Books Book 1)
    What makes a romance novel a romance How do you write a kissing book Writing a well structured romance isn t the same as writing any other genre something the popular novel and screenwriting guides don t address The romance arc is made up of its own story beats, and the external plot and theme need to be braided to the romance arc not the other way around Told in conveWhat makes a romance novel a romance How do you write a kissing book Writing a well structured romance isn t the same as writing any other genre something the popular novel and screenwriting guides don t address The romance arc is made up of its own story beats, and the external plot and theme need to be braided to the romance arc not the other way around Told in conversational and often irreverent prose, Romancing the Beat can be read like you are sitting down to coffee with romance editor and author Gwen Hayes while she explains story structure The way she does with her clients Some of whom are regular inhabitants of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists Romancing the Beat is a recipe, not a rigid system The beats don t care if you plot or outline before you write, or if you pants your way through the drafts and do a beat check when you re revising Pantsers and plotters are both welcome So sit down, grab a cuppa, and let s talk about kissing books.
    Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels (How to Write Kissing Books Book 1) By Gwen Hayes,

    Romancing the Beat Gwen Hayes Romancing the Beat is a recipe, not a rigid system The beats don t care if you plot or outline before you write, or if you pants your way through the drafts and do a beat check when you re revising Pantsers and plotters are both welcome So sit down, grab a cuppa, and let s talk about kissing books. Romancing the Beat Story Structure for Romance Novels Romancing the Beat Story Structure for Romance Novels How to Write Kissing Books Volume Paperback April , by Gwen Hayes Author Visit s Gwen Hayes Page Find all the books, read about the author, and . Romancing the Beat Story Structure for Romance Novels Romancing the Beat is a recipe, not a rigid system The beats don t care if you plot or outline before you write, or if you pants your way through the drafts and do a beat check when you re revising Pantsers and plotters are both welcome So sit down, grab a cuppa, and let s talk about kissing books. Romancing the Beat Story Structure for Romancing the Beat is a recipe, not a rigid system The beats don t care if you plot or outline before you write, or if you pants your way through the drafts and do a beat check when you re revising Pantsers and plotters are both welcome So sit down, grab a cuppa, and let s talk about kissing books. Book Notes on Romancing The Beat by Gwen Hayes Great for Jul , Today I m sharing my Book Notes on Romancing The Beat by Gwen Hayes Jessi I talked about this yesterday during the Ice Cream Social so I did a quick reread of it and shared my book summary

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  • Gwen Hayes

    Gwen Hayes that s me lives in the Pacific Northwest with her real life hero and a pack of wild beasts two of whom she gave birth to She is a reader, writer, and lover of pop culture which, other than yogurt, is the only culture she gets Gwen also edits kissing books.

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  • I bought this book because I m a writer looking to expand into the romance genre, but I haven t read many books in it I wanted some insight into how to better write romance plots Beat didn t deliver.Oh suree text was cutesy funny I laughed several times , and the author s obsession with 80s rock tunes was endearing I share her love of them But at the same time I found myself wondering why I had paid money to read what in the end was an overlong blog with advertisements for the author s own novel [...]


  • Yes a clear ish plot map for romance novels I ve tried to smash my stories into the framework of standard novels and it doesnt work This should work The writing style is fun, if a bit flip, but I highly recommend it for burgeoning writers of Kissing Books


  • I was tooling about in Twitter, as you do, when someone mentioned this book I don t even remember who, and I beetled off to check it out on Who this book is for Romance writers who know something is missing from their book, but are not sure where to look to find it Kindle Locations 85 87 Hmmm well that sounds like me.I buy it and I keep reading and have a blinding revelation.I ve read a dozen books on story structure and plotting I am currently trying to squish a romance into Shaun Coyne s Story [...]


  • WHAT IT S ABOUTWhat makes a romance novel a romance How do you write a kissing book Writing a well structured romance isn t the same as writing any other genre something the popular novel and screenwriting guides don t address The romance arc is made up of its own story beats, and the external plot and theme need to be braided to the romance arc not the other way around MY TAKEIf you re expecting a long read, this isn t it The description mentions it being a recipe book In its simplicity, that s [...]


  • I cannot express how much this was a life saver It really helped me plot my Nanowrimo project, and the way the information is delivered feels like a story in itself I literally read this in a matter of hours I also highlighted the crap out of it The examples that were given were really helpful because it was all relatable to a romance book If you are wanting to write a romance book or incorporate a bit of romance into your story go ahead and pick this book because I promise you it will guide you [...]


  • A quick and quirky guide on how to structure your budding romance novel As an ardent fan of the romance genre myself, I found a lot of useful tidbits here Gwen Hayes bases a lot of her material on screenwriting Blake Snyder s Save the Cat is one of her strongest influences She lays out the character arcs of the romantic leads in a four act beat sheet, but is careful to delineate these beats as of a recipe rather than a formula So there s definitely room for variation for those of you who do bet [...]


  • Excellent guide to story structure from a romance POV Mostly info I already knew, but expanded on the usual structure I follow 8 point arc Some new tools for my toolbox to help me get unstuck in revision process Highly recommended for beginning writers in the romance genre.


  • This was a good, concise romance writing manual that delivered on its promise to transcend other story frameworks by providing specific instruction for romance Romance novels, indeed AREN T structured like many other kinds of story and while other manuals such as Save the Cat, which is a favorite of mine, and which Hayes mentions don t mention some of the particularities that are unique to romance Hayes certainly tackles them.Her comments on romance formulas are helpful, if not formulaic There w [...]


  • Three things I loved about ROMANCING THE BEAT1 Truly helpful structural tips Both for romance writers, and those hoping to thread romance into stories of other genres.2 Quick, easy read Also, encouraging Romancing the Beat left me eager to dive back in to my troublesome WiP.3 Humorously and irreverently written Bonus eighties song references


  • Very useful This book and feedback from beta readers helped me a lot in revising my draft I recommend it to every aspiring romance writers out there.


  • Original review posted on the Wordy Speculations blog on September 5, 2017Romancing the Beat is a concise book on story structure for the romance novel by author and editor Gwen Hayes, who herself confesses to loving kissing books As an editor, I read a lot about writing, so when I picked up Romancing the Beat, I sat down with paper and pen, ready to take notes What I did not expect to find was a funny little book that made me laugh out loud while still actually learning something.I Loved It, an [...]


  • This is a short book and I m going to give it a very short review Probably my shortest yet.To sum it up it s good And by good , I mean useful.It s written in a very accessible language, with an easy going tone, yet that doesn t take away from the lessons On the contrary it feels like you are chatting with a friend or colleague you ve known for a while and who you actually enjoy speaking with.The advice is simple, but the Why didn t I think of this type of simple and at the same time it s helpful [...]


  • This is a super quick read It s very entertaining, and I love how the author breaks down the pacing beats of a romance novel Her craft advice is the same for romance writers as anyone else find the characters wounds and write from there The structure is really helpful, but her insights are what make this book worth it Bottom line Good advice, easy read, immediately applicable.


  • This is a very short read, but pretty mission critical for new romance writers I feel a lot like I understand what I m supposed to be striving for after a couple hours with this book than I did with days and days of reading blogs on similar topics.



  • I completely loved this wry little craft book and as the middle section of my WIP reads ROMANCE GOES HERE, I desperately needed it Hayes lays out the recipe for writing a romance arc in clear, firm and personable terms, and you can read the whole book in a single sitting Must read.


  • Read this because a friend did, and it sounded interesting and helpful What s there is but unfortunately, what isn t there is what I needed.For my purposes, this is basically 2 3 of a book Hayes goes over her formula for romance at a high level, and then she goes over each step in detail And all those details are great But then she doesn t give any examples, except for the Grand Gesture, a concept so straightforward that all you need to see are the words In Your Eyes Peter Gabriel to understand [...]


  • This book is a how to outline plot book for romance writers It combines the wisdom of Blake Snyder s Save the Cat book and outlining method with a romance twist The book was short, sweet, and simple, and I found it quite helpful The author shows you how to write romance novels using four phases, with five beats or elements to make sure to include in each phase I made an Excel spreadsheet with one tab for each phase, to be used in plotting my story The book is essentially what I already knew from [...]


  • I heard about this book on twitter, actually in a backwards way I heard about the Scrivener template that was a result of this book Downloaded the template and went eh Lately, I ve been struggling with writing With sitting down and having nothing to say and not being able to push a story through the soggy middle to the satisfying end So, I resorted to something I almost never resort to craft books NNNNNNNN so boring I rarely read them I buy them I WILL read James Scott Bell Once I don t study th [...]


  • I read this while revising a work in progress The structure outlined in this book helped me put my finger on what was wrong with my story something I m pretty sure would have taken several revisions for me to spot otherwise, obvious as it feels in retrospect A worthwhile read for any romance writer As an aside, I think plenty of the advice in this book will work for stories that aren t proper romances i.e that feature a romantic subplot without necessarily fulfilling all of the formal genre conv [...]


  • Very useful reworking of Blake Snyder s Save the Cat beats for a romance novel or the romance subplot in another genre Quick read, only 66 pages, definitely worth rereading Helpful for planning or editing romance Also funny, and scattered with 80s musical references good decade, I actually recognize most of the songs and artists.


  • ROMANCING THE BEAT caused so many epiphanies and realizations about writing romances, specifically, that I ve already told many romance author friends about the value of this book I highlighted, applied much of it to my personal Scrivener Template, and am applying it to my current work in progress Brilliant Thank you, Gwen Hayes


  • Short and sweet There s no fluff here The book lays out the important romance beats your novel needs to hit, which is helpful in both planning and making sure your novel has hit each beat well once you ve finished writing your first draft.


  • This book is not an in depth craft book, but it does help with the overall structure and pacing of romance novels It s already been useful as I work on my first manuscript, and I know it will help when I m doing revisions.



  • Revealing, but not in the way I d hopedGwen Hayes perfectly encapsulates my love hate relationship with standard romance fare On the plus side, romance is focused on the transformative power of love, a thing I ve experienced every day for fifteen years and know with every fiber of my being is real It may be the only genre that consistently reinforces the importance of human relationships In romance, unlike a lot of other genre writing, women are not just props to be manipulated for the sake of t [...]


  • Let me preface this review by saying I m a fiction writer, but not a romance writer My main works are all in the horror and dark fantasy genres I m also much of a discovery writer than an outliner, but I ve always had an interest in story structure and the technical aspects of plot I ve internalized quite a few different structure paradigms, and I keep them in mind while writing Then later during editing, I use a beat sheet I made for myself by combining a bunch of these different structure ma [...]


  • I decided I needed to get a better grasp of the structure of romance stories because a few of my recent novellas seem to lean to fantasy romance than fantasy with a romance subplot and I wanted to see if there were things I could be doing to strengthen that, and in the process also be able to punch up the power of my romantic subplots in general.This book contains the typical beat sheet for romance books and breaks it down with a 1 2 page description of how to make each beat really work in you [...]


  • Despite being a child of the 80s I did not vibe on the author s angle here, of using 1980s songs to illustrate her chapters, though I appreciate her attempt to add a metaphorical glaze to what boils down to a basic plot outline for writers I found the structure she chose of four acts, five beats to hit in each, effective and fresh previously I have followed a three act structure, with not as definitive a list of beats, resulting in some plot digressions and dropped plot threads.For those of us w [...]


  • I bought this in October, and finally finished reading it It s not long, there are good points, and it s even kinda fun, but I had trouble with her writing style The structure of the information was scattered than I expected, leaving me with the impression that it was written in a hurry What she offers is ideal, a pattern for a romance plot, what elements build interest and tension between the characters and for the reader, and why the elements are in that order But what the book contains is j [...]


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