Writing School

Welcome to Noël’s Writing School, an area on the website to share some thoughts and advice about writing, particularly Romance.

How to add diversity to Regency Romance

How to add diversity to Regency Romance
Can you write historically accurate Regency novels with ethnically diverse characters? ... Read More

Historic Romance writing tips

Historic Romance writing tips
This brilliant article by Regency Romance novelist Elizabeth Rolls has some great tips for writing historical novels ... Read More

Should you include the hero’s POV?

Should you include the hero’s POV?
Many readers today demand "dual POV" (point of view) - but how much should you get into the hero's head? What are the pitfalls? ... Read More

Slow-burn romance

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Romance - or perhaps any story - is about the journey, not the destination. You can make the journey as long as you like but it has to remain interesting - and not repetitive ... Read More

“Bittersweet” endings?

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How should you end a a Romance story with a lot of obstacles and tragedy? There's only one answer to this ... Read More

Rom-Coms: Romantic comedy

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If you're writing a Rom-Com you need to ensure that you're writing a Romance with comedic elements, not a Comedy with a romance ... Read More

Opening your novel

Opening your novel
Digital books and the way they're discovered has made the opening sentence of a novel much more critical. How can you hook a new reader in? ... Read More

When to do the meet-cute?

When to do the meet-cute?
The "meet-cute" is a scene in which the two protagonists of a romance novel meet for the first time. How early do you need to insert it? ... Read More

Vocabulary for sex scenes

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Choosing the vocabulary for intimate scenes depends on your genre and your audience. There's no one set of words that will suit all audiences ... Read More

Realistic Regency Romance

Realistic Regency Romance
As a reader I don't need a Regency Romance novel to literally sound like Jane Austen. But if a novel is full of anachronisms, I'm not going to read it ... Read More