The Top 20 Strategies On Writing A Romance Novel

The Top 20 Strategies on Writing a Romance Novel by Elizabeth Terry

In all honesty, I enjoy reading books which tackle romance and womanhood. I may be a feminist but this particular genre is giving me a ray of hope for my future heart story. If you are an aspiring writer who would want to venture on writing short stories, novellas or even a novel about love and romance, there are things you should remember. Basically, these things are the standard formula for writing a romance story/novel.

And now, the 20 things you should remember when writing about the heart:


1. Conflict and Emotion – This is always present in any romance novel. This is the core of the novel you are about to write. In each and every page, there should be conflicts and emotional issues for the characters.

2. Popular Theme – We always read romance novels with the same themes. Like childhood sweethearts or the-girl-hates-the-boy-and-vice-versa theme. These are among the popular scenarios which can be boring at times and you can work on it. Make a new twist on this typical romance setup. People are always looking for a new spin on a story.

3. One Viewpoint – This is important for clarity and coherence. Make sure you make one single viewpoint when creating a scene or chapter.

4. An Appealing Male Character – Make sure your main character is appealing. Like being independent, sweet, charming or masculine. Just like the character of Noah in Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook.

5. Beautiful Heroine – This does not mean that she should be really beautiful. Meaning, the leading lady of your novel should be pretty inside out. Someone you want to be friends with.

6. The Spirit – Make your heroine  a hopeful one.

7. The Dramatic Scene – Write in detail the setting. Make it exciting and vivid that the readers see it in front of their eyes.

8. Compatibility – The setting of your novel should match character and the mood you are trying to create.

9. The Sensual Tension – There should always be sensual tension between the hero and the heroine. It makes the scenario/chapter more exciting.

10. Dialogue – Make use of dialogue more often in each scene to convey the message of your characters.


1. No Drama – As a writer, you should not be afraid to create drama between your characters. Even if your ideas are really chaotic. Drama is important.

2. The Weak Hero – Don’t create a weak hero. You can want your readers to be inspired and be down.

3. The Vain Heroine – Your heroine should be simple.

4. The Vain Hero – If your hero is vain, then he’s not masculine at all.

5. Switching Viewpoints – As I said above, there should only be a single viewpoint per scene.

6. More than Two Viewpoints is  A No-No – A single viewpoint must be followed.

7. Controversial Issues – Don’t use controversial issues in a traditional romance novel.

8. Contrived Situations – Don’t devise a clever situations just to create tension on your novel.

9. Idealistic Approach – Keep in mind that what you are writing is an ideal love story.

10. Confused and Hanging – It’s a no-no to make your readers guess what happened to the lead characters. There should be answers on who, what, when, where, why and how.

Now, you’re ready to create your ideal romance novel. Just follow these strategies and you will be a successful romance novelist.


Elizabeth Terry enjoys writing and is open to any ways to enhance her writing skills. She’s a regular writer at while pursuing her degree in Creative Writing. She’s also fond of sharing good thoughts and funny pictures on her Google+ and personal blog.

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