Create Lovers, Villains, & Sidekicks:
Romance Character Worksheets
Are you getting rejection letters from Romance editors? Your characters could be costing you a sale. A Romance editor will hold you to a different set of rules than a Mystery or Fantasy editor. In a Romance, the primary plot equals relationship. Crime-fighting and world-building (for instance) must take a back seat to the love story. If you can't rein in your subplots to focus on the evolving love relationship between two mutually consenting, heterosexual adults, you will not sell your manuscript as a Romance novel.
Included in This Worksheet Package
4 Templates + 2 Bonus Offerings
• Create a Colorful Romance Hero (25 pages)
• Create a Colorful Romance Heroine (33 pages)
• Create a Colorful Romance Villain (26 pages)
• Create a Colorful Romance Sidekick (23 pages)
• Bonus Template: Create a Colorful Cast of Extras (6 pages)
• Bonus Article: How to Write Men who Sound Like Men, and Women who Sound Like Women (5 pages)
$16.95 USD (downloadable PDFs)
Develop Complex, Memorable Characters
That Will Sell Your Romance Novel
After watching dozens of her fiction writing students struggle to sell their Romance novels, bestselling Romance author, Adrienne deWolfe, developed the characterization series, Create Colorful Characters for Your Romance Novel, in an effort to speed aspiring authors toward their first book contract. Adrienne's worksheets let you "interview" each character to learn the most information about his or her background and personality, so you are creating a character who is complex and memorable. These characterization worksheets also help fiction writers devise the two most crucial elements of the Romance novel's plot:
- The reasons why the Hero and Heroine are afraid to fall in love, and
- The obstacles that the Hero and Heroine must overcome to achieve a happy ending
Romance Readers Speak Out
At a Romantic Times Convention, a roundtable was held with published authors, booksellers, and die-hard fans to discuss what modern Romance readers want in a love story. Published Romance Author Tina Wainscott summarized this discussion in the Romance Writers Report. According to Wainscott's article, strong characters -- Heroes and Heroines -- top the list, followed closely by the strength of the love story.*
If you're not writing a Hero that the modern reader can fall in love with, or a Heroine that the modern reader can cheer for, you aren't going to sell a Romance novel.
* Wainscott, Tina. "Can We Talk? Booksellers and Readers Speak Out." Romance Writers Report. v. 22. n. 3. pg. 23-25.
Characterization Help for Romance Writers
Winner of the Best Historical Romance of the Year, bestselling author and book writing coach, Adrienne deWolfe, understands first-hand how to write a Romance that sells. As a self-professed plot writer, she spent 10 grueling years trying to get her first Romance novel published. Not until she learned how to characterize the type of heroines that readers could admire, and the type of heroes that readers could sigh for, did she win her first book contract. That historical Romance novel, Texas Outlaw, became a #1 bestseller on Amazon and was named a finalist for 3 national writing recognitions, including 2 Rita Awards by the published authors of Romance Writers of America.
Since that time, Adrienne has developed numerous tools to help Romance writers successfully write and sell their books.