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Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels

How to Write Kissing Books, Book 1
Narrated by: Natalie Duke
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
Categories: Education & Learning
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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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Very informative

I was pleased by the amount of information in this audiobook. The narrator did a great job. I really got the impression that she cared a lot about the subject.

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  • Voracious Reader
  • 24-06-2017

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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  • GamblingDementor
  • 02-03-2018

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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  • Lynne Marino
  • 20-05-2020

I happily listened to this.

Gwen Hayes has preformed the amazing feat of writing an enjoyable book about writing technique, and has made listening to it even more enjoyable. This book specifically addresses the unique plot points in the romance genre. I suggest that you order the book as well as the audio. One will reinforce the other.

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  • Haley P Law
  • 13-10-2020

Helpful and entertaining

This book is a great, to the point, and succinct explanation of the beats that a romance writer must hit to keep readers engaged, and satisfied. The quick read is entertaining and the narrative reads with perfect humor in her tone. Great resource!

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  • Victoria Jayne
  • 11-10-2020

perfect. informative and just what I needed

this is exactly what I needed to fix what is broken with my story. I can't wait to put it to work

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  • Christina
  • 22-09-2020

useful and to the point

This guide speeds and keeps the information to the point and incredibly useful. The recommended playlists were A+ as well.

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  • Carlon
  • 22-08-2020

Everything you will ever need to write a romance.

I wish I would have had this book 20 years ago. But then I might not have heard all the songs or soundtracks that the writer uses to inspire each chapter. If you truly wish to learn how to make a successful story of romance and to write a successful book, this book is the place to began. The only other skills you will need are grammar skills.

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  • åslaug
  • 23-07-2020

Great for writers!

This is my second listen of this book, and probably not the last. I recommend listening to it while outlining/editing and taking notes

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  • Robert Reid
  • 07-06-2020

informative structure specifically for romance nov

enjoyed the structured outline and especially the music suggestions to help set the mood of the scene.

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  • Ashley m
  • 28-02-2020

very helpful book

I really found this book helpful and am excited to go through my manuscript and check for all the beats!