Romance

Allaboutlove.net is now part of Allaboutwriting. We still offer online romantic fiction courses and provide everything from foundation writing skills to advanced support while you write a complete novel. Romance writer Alissa Baxter’s blog can be read here.

All our modules are intended to take between two and five hours a week to complete, depending how many of the optional exercises you choose to do. In this way, we hope our courses will suit any schedule and all lifestyles. Our basic and advanced courses are interactive, providing students with a constant flow of feedback and advice. We promise to tell the truth, but we’ll always be kind.

Available Courses

Enroll on our foundation course and learn the skills of writing romance. The Guide to Writing Romance should take you no longer than 12 weeks—although you can work entirely at your own pace. Each Module ends with an assignment to which we will give you swift and detailed feedback. By the time you’re done with the course, you’ll be equipped to write your first novel, either under your own steam, or with the support of our Write a Romance –  Step-by-Step Programme.

The Guide to Writing Romance

This course introduces you to everything you need to know about writing romantic fiction. We’ll discuss what romance is, who your readers are and the expectations they have of you. We’ll also equip you with all the basic writing skills you need to write a novel:

Over the course of the program, you will learn to

  • Prepare yourself for the writing life
  • Overcome self-consciousness and get started
  • Develop your own unique voice
  • Create believable characters
  • Show off your characters without reams of explanation
  • Reveal your characters’ pasts, without boring your readers to tears
  • Write authentic dialogue
  • Build a story, with both conflict and romance
  • Maintain suspense
  • Write a good climax and resolution, while keeping the tension taut
  • Structure your story and keep up the pace
  • Write love scenes
  • Choose the best possible viewpoint
  • Create a credible world for your characters to live in

Each module will end with an exercise. We will respond to each with helpful and constructive advice. Every module is designed to be completed as part of your busy week. But you are free to work through the course as fast or slowly as you like.

Costs and booking details

Payment is possible via EFT in South African Rands – R5000 or via PayPal in US$ at the exchange rate on the day of invoicing.

To register for this course please contact us via email  – for the booking form which includes payment details.

Write a Romance  step-by-step programme

This is our advanced guide to writing a romance. We’ll walk with you step-by-step as you create your first romantic novel. This course follows on The Guide to Writing Romance, in which you will have learned the basics and worked at your romance skills.

Now is the time to commit yourself. By investing a couple of hours each day, you should have completed a 50 000 word novel by the end of our programme, which is intended to take six months, although, as always, you will work at a pace that is most comfortable to you.

Building on the foundation laid in our Guide to Writing Romance, this programme runs you through the practical application of your skills. We will guide and support you as you turn your idea into a working novel.

Here’s an overview of the steps on the path you’ll take…

  • Coming up with the idea and preparing for the writer’s life
  • Creating your hero, heroine and subsidiary characters
  • Creating the world of your story
  • Plotting their journey, and deciding where to begin telling it
  • Deciding which point of view tells your story best
  • Creating the map of your journey – the beatsheet
  • At this point you’ll write your first chapters, with guidance on baiting your hook
  • How to write in compelling scenes and arcs
  • You’re now into the heart of your story. How to balance the romance and drama and maintain suspense
  • Writing convincing dialogue, that reveals character and drives the plot forward
  • How to “show” rather than “tell”
  • Writing sex that doesn’t embarrass the pants off you. Using sex to take the story forward
  • Memory and flashback, and how they help you get over the past
  • You’re on the final stretch. How to maintain suspense to the very end. Happy endings – keeping them believable. How to end: the cliches vs the surprising, quirky finish
  • Assessing the work. Getting constructive feedback. Revision, light and heavy edits.

Modules are designed to be completed as part of your busy week, during the planning phase, and over two weeks while you are writing. But you are free to work through the course as fast or slowly as you like.

This program contains no formal assignments. But after each module, we will suggest what to send us from your work in progress. We’ll respond to each of your submissions with constructive advice. Sign up now and start writing your romance today.We recommend that you complete The Guide to Romance Writing before embarking on this course.

Costs and booking details

Payment is possible via EFT in South African Rands – R6000 or via PayPal in US$ at the exchange rate on the day of invoicing.

To register for this course please contact us via email  – for the booking form which includes payment details.