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Create Colorful Characters for Romance Novels

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Poor Characterization is the Leading Cause of Poor Sales

If you’re getting rejection letters or poor reviews for your Romance novels, your characters could be costing you sales.

After watching dozens of writing students struggle to sell their Romance novels, bestselling author, Adrienne deWolfe, developed the worksheet series, Create Colorful Characters. Her hope was to speed Romance writers toward their publication goals.

Create Memorable Heroes, Heroines, Villains & Sidekicks

Adrienne’s worksheets let you “interview” your characters to learn their most important background and personality traits. In this way, you are creating characters who are complex and memorable. The characterization worksheets also help fiction writers devise the two most crucial elements of a 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 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 Heroes that a modern-day reader can love, or Heroines that a reader can cheer for, you aren’t going to sell Romance novels.

* Wainscott, Tina. “Can We Talk? Booksellers and Readers Speak Out.” Romance Writers Report. v. 22. n. 3. pg. 23-25.

Included in Your Package:

4 templates + 1 Bonus

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  • Create a Colorful Hero (27 pages)
  • Create a Colorful Heroine (31 pages)
  • Create a Colorful Villain (25 pages)
  • Create a Colorful Sidekick (24 pages)
  • Bonus Template: Create a Colorful Cast of Extras (6 pages)

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