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When you’re writing historical romance  (or anything historical), please research.

I’ve been writing Regencies, and the material on the Web which is available at a click is mind-blowing. To repeat… the material is available at a click. Yes, confirm information  from a few sources, but do try to get your facts right. You’ll make mistakes. As a reader, I’ll forgive a lot, but not a constant stream of errors.

I enjoyed this review, although I wager the book’s author didn’t:

“4) Here’s a few more – they are installed in the house owned by the Marquess, formerly belonging to his grandmother, and none of the society gossip-mongers wonders about this? And her mother’s old friend, Lady Caroline, offers to get them vouchers for Almacks? Not if she isn’t a patroness she won’t. And what is the deal with a bunch of men suddenly paying visits to the 5 women in their home? Without ever being introduced, since they had not yet been into society? I don’t think so. Just as they would have had a hard time being invited to the Duchess of Dorset’s ball without having been properly introduced and vetted for their acceptability into society first.”

My apologies to the book’s author for calling out this review. I haven’t read the book. For all I know it’s excellent,  but  I’m using the review to point out the importance of research.

If you’re writing historicals, read others’ reviews of books set in your time period. You’ll soon get a feel for the woeful mistakes which rile readers.

Here’s what annoys me about this kind of thing: the author spends a lot of time writing the best book he or she can. With just a tiny amount of care, the book could be so much better — and sell better — and one-star reviews could be avoided.

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Writing a Romance: Beat Sheet Speadsheet

Romance Beat Sheet

Writing romance? If you’re a Save the Cat plotter, you’ll love this Romance Beat Sheet Jami Gold has created:

Ta-da! The Romance Planning Beat Sheet separates out the Romance Arc but follows the same structure as a normal beat sheet. It combines some of the beats from Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat and Larry Brooks’s Story Engineering and mixes in all the internal character arc stuff from Michael Hauge’s Six Stage Plot Structure as well as his teachings about using Identity and Essence for great love stories.

If you’re a pantser, rather than an a writer who outlines, that’s not a problem. This beat sheet will give you something to work toward in your revisions.