Friday, November 12, 2010

Book Review: Love Writing How to Make Money Writing Erotic and Romantic Fiction by Sue Moorcroft

Love Writing How to Make Money Writing Erotic and Romantic Fiction by Sue Moorcroft
216 x 138 mm
238 pages
$A 19.99
ISBN 978 1 906373 99 3

Available October 2010.
This book holds the secrets of how to achieve success.

As well as drawing on her experience as a fiction writer and creative writing tutor, in this ‘must-have’ book Sue has included questions from aspiring writers - with illuminating responses from published writers and industry experts.

Romantic fiction encompasses everything from chart-topping chick lit and romantic comedies, through gritty sagas, sweeping historicals and smouldering erotica to liver-twisting affairs with vampires. Bright, emotional, involving, intelligent storytelling about love and desire is what readers want and will pay for.
Do you want to know how to create emotional punch? (Or even what emotional punch is?) How to control dual time lines? Spring your work out of the slush pile? Write a tender love scene that excites passion rather than hilarity? This book reveals all.

About the Author - Sue Moorcroft

Sue Moorcroft writes novels, serials and short stories, articles for writing magazines and writing courses. As a creative writing tutor she has taught at the University of Leicester, the London School of Journalism, Adult Learning Services Northants, Writing School Leicester and Writers’ News Home Study. A committee member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, she is the editor of their anthology, Loves Me, Loves Me Not. She’s a past winner of the Katie Fforde Bursary Award.


I have never written a romance novel or short story before and often wondered how hard it would be to put together a tale in this genre that was both convincing and full of passion. How hard is it to appeal to the heart compared to instilling fear or terror into the reader by writing a horror novel? Well Sue Moorcroft’s book goes a long way to educating the writer just how to achieve this goal.

Love Writing is broken down into scores of short chapters on key elements involved in writing a great romance or erotic story. With these numerous sections, it was easy to flick through the book to read over the various elements and refer back to sections when I needed to.

Included amongst Moorcroft’s writing was numerous quotes from successful romance authors. These tid bits were quite snappy and really added to the impact of what Moorcroft was saying. While there were a few links to website and other resources, I would have like more reference materials to further look into to hone my skills as a romance writer.

The true test of how good this book was will be in if I can apply these principles and produce a successful romantic or erotic story that readers will enjoy.

1 comment:

Sue Moorcroft said...

Great review - thanks!

And good luck with your romantic fiction.