Should I write a romance novel

How I managed to write my first romance novel

The text for my first romance novel is ready, the book cover is in the final revision phase. You can imagine how proud I am to have put my project into practice. Because although I've been writing texts all my life and have received a lot of positive feedback for it, I still have a lot of respect for a long format like a romance novel.

What ultimately led to the fact that I have now done it and my first romance novel is about to be published, I have summarized for you in this blog post.

1. I threw all doubts overboard and just started.

The thing that slowed me down the most was my own doubts that I would really be able to see it through to the end. You could also express it psychologically and say: I missed it Believe in my own self-efficacy.

Self-efficacy means the belief in having the abilities and skills to be able to solve possible difficulties and problems. That takes a whole bunch of beliefs. For example:

  • confidence in your own performance,
  • the belief of being up to a task as well
  • a realistic, not negatively distorted assessment of one's own strengths and weaknesses.

Those who face their “blind spots” and can no longer be restrained by their self-doubts also dare to tackle tasks that require courage and that they have shied away from up to now.

I can only encourage anyone who knows these inhibiting feelings to have one Change of perspective to undertake. For example, a coach can help you turn your deficient thinking into a view that is focused on the possibilities. Of course there are also other options, so everyone has to find the right way for themselves. It's so much fun learning new things and trying things out. Don't be afraid to break new ground. It is worth it!

Often times, making your vision a reality is just a decision away from you.

2. I read a lot of blog articles and got tips from others.

In order to make my own vision more tangible for me, I started some time ago to follow certain blogs and social media channels intensively and to cavort in Facebook groups in which I suspected like-minded people. Networking has many advantages. One advantage is the fact that you can benefit from the experiences of others and thus avoid repeating mistakes similar to them.

At this point I would like to mention two addresses as examples, where I found very worthwhile tips and content that helped me with my project.

Reading tip 1: The self-publisher Bible

The physicist and journalist Matthias Matting passes on his knowledge on his blog “Selfpublisherbibel”. He himself is one of the successful self-publishing authors and has gained a lot of experience over the years. I also found exciting articles right away when I was researching the topic of eBooks. The detailed navigation bar on the left leads you reliably to your keyword, be it "Tips for Beginners", marketing or the writing itself. The abundance of information almost overwhelmed me at first, but since the author processes his knowledge in easily understandable bits, I found it get along quickly.

Reading tip 2: Make a living from writing

I am very enthusiastic about the positive charisma of the author Annika Bühnemann, who shares her vision with us on her page “Living From Writing”. She herself has published several novels in the field of romantic comedy. Incidentally, I'm reading one of these novels right now, but more on that elsewhere. Annika is not only an author, but also deals intensively with the possibilities of online marketing for authors. I can only advise everyone to take a closer look at this happy side. It is worth it ..

In addition, another aspect was decisive for me to put my project into practice:

3. I worked with method.

Two things particularly worried me when I made the decision to venture into the novel format. I feared

  • to lose the thread and besides
  • not getting a grip on my weaker self.

But for both points I have found a solution that works wonderfully for me.

Point 1: How not to lose the thread

It makes sense to plan the plot of a novel in advance, even if one or the other idea comes along while writing. In order to put my project into practice, I first have a very detailed synopsis developed and then a multi-page chapter sequence in which I described exactly what should happen in which chapter.

Romance novels follow a certain one dramaturgical pattern. One can deviate from this, but if one does it it should be done consciously and with knowledge of how the pattern usually works. For orientation, however, it helps at the beginning to stick to the pattern. In simplified terms, it could be summarized as follows:

  • A and B meet, they are meant for each other.
  • Difficulties bring A and B apart.
  • A and B manage to overcome the difficulties and come together. Happy end. <3

What the difficulties are and how they can then be overcome is up to the author's imagination. Depending on the complexity of the story, these first considerations usually result in further chapters that are important for the process. Believe me, the better you plan a story in advance, the more likely you will be able to keep an eye on the red thread.

Point 2: How you can meet your bastard

In order to relieve myself of the pressure, but on the other hand not to be too lax, I have created one for myself daily quota prescribed that I wanted to create in words. To do this, I first thought about how much time I would realistically have available each day for writing. In my case, I then decided on a word count of 1,600 words. But you shouldn't orientate yourself on it, but on your own possibilities.

It usually worked out well for me because I have the writing firmly planned into my daily routine. Sure, there are days when somehow nothing works, on others I unexpectedly got other appointments and therefore didn't write a single word on my novel. In still others, the words just flowed out of my fingers and suddenly, without realizing it, I had achieved a lot more than I had actually planned. It is crucial to have one structure to create that works for you. Even a small window of time leads to success if you stick to your plan.

An important tool for me is theTomato timera virtual clock that gives you 25-minute units for your work. If you activate it, you will receive a signal to take a break from work after 25 minutes. You can then divide your breaks into either 5 or 10-minute intervals. After each break, the next 25-minute work unit continues. I like this tool a lot because I've found that 25 minutes is a good time to get into a work rhythm. The timer also helps you not to forget your breaks. They are important to stay creative and to relax in between.

And how is it with you? What tricks helped you persevere? I would be very happy to receive tips from you! 🙂