Writing School

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

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

Writing sex

Writing sex
You don't need to be experienced to write about sex. You do need to do your research, and perhaps step back or "fade to black" if you realise you're out of your depth ... Read More

Rules of Romance

Rules of Romance
When it comes to a classic Romance novel, nothing has really changed since Pride & Prejudice. If you analyse it, it's literally the template for every single genre Romance ever written since ... Read More