• Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels

  • How to Write Kissing Books, Book 1
  • By: Gwen Hayes
  • Narrated by: Natalie Duke
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-04-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Gwen Hayes
  • 5 out of 5 stars 5.0 (1 rating)


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 conversational (and often irreverent) prose, Romancing the Beat is like 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 best-seller 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.
©2016 Gwen Hayes (P)2017 Gwen Hayes
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5 out of 5 stars
By A Voracious Reader on 24-06-17

short but full of great information

This book was surprisingly short for what I had expected. But the information was presented in such a way, almost like an outline, with some great examples, so it didn't need to be longer than it is.

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5 out of 5 stars
By GamblingDementor on 02-03-18

Excellent for what it aims at

First of all, kudos to the narrator! I had read this book on kindle before but then got it on Audible: EXCELLENT narration job! Definitely a one up from just the print version.

Absolutely great book for aspiring romance writers. Really introduces you to the rules of the genre, gives you a strong foundation on how romance is to be written. Then you can build from there on your own for your own stories.

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