Romance Writers of New Zealand (RWNZ) is a nonprofit Incorporated Society, with a membership of more than 250 romance writers and related industry professionals, whose mission is to advance the professional and common business interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy.
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With love stories, you can never guarantee it will turn out well. Romance novels always promise an uplifting, satisfying ending. In romance writing, we call this an HEA—Happily Ever After (though some of the steamier books may settle for an HFN – Happily…For Now.)
And those are the only “rules” of Romance writing. (That, and you never, ever kill the dog!)
Romances are as well-crafted as any other genre of literature—and the most popular by miles! Internationally, romance consistently outsells all other fiction genres, and on average romance writers out-earn other writers by 170%.
Romances are entertainment. They aim to take the reader through the whole gamut of emotions as the main characters, heterosexual or otherwise, overcome obstacles and grow to care for each other.
Romances can be fantastical or highly realistic. The romance genre takes in everything from thrillers to comedy, from hot threesomes to white trash zombies. Even Victorian steampunk adventurers need love!
All romances have a central love story and an emotionally satisfying ending. Beyond that, however, romance novels may have any tone or style, be set in any place or time, and have varying levels of sensuality—ranging from sweet to extremely hot. Romance fiction may be classified into various subgenres depending on setting and plot elements. These subgenres include:
There are two formats for romance fiction: