The romance writers' phrase book

by Jean Kent

Other authorsCandace Shelton (Author)
Paperback, 1984




New York, N.Y. : Putnam, c1984.


Have you ever had your romance manuscript rejected because it lacked romantic tension? Now there's The Romance Writer's Phrase Book, the first word book designed especially for romance writers everywhere. The essential source book for every romantic novelist, this helpful guide contains over 3,000 descriptive tags all arranged for quick, easy reference. Now you too can add life and breath to any romantic novel. The Romantic Writer's Phrase Book neatly organizes these tags into fifty easy-to-use categories, including: physical description, body movements, facial expressions, eyes, voices, emotions, and sex. Guaranteed to stimulate the imagination and make your manuscript a resounding success.

User reviews

LibraryThing member mrgreg
Good reference for beginning writers or those who are blocked for a phrase or idea.
LibraryThing member catechism
Oh, wow. I found this at a used bookstore, completely by accident, and I couldn't NOT buy it. It's awful and hilarious, a list of phrases that you can use to inject your writing with "romantic tension." Apparently, by "romantic tension," they mean "adverbs." The phrases are largely things like, "she countered icily," and "he kissed her devouringly," and "she smiled nastily" and on and on. There are also many WTF phrases, like, "mentally, she caressed his qualities." Okay!… (more)
LibraryThing member RebeccaGraf
Writers have a way with words, but sometimes they get hung up on the same ones over and over again. Any genre can do that including romance writers. So, what do they do? They get resources such as Jean Kent and Candace Shelton’s The Romance Writer’s Phrase Book.

This is not a book on how to write romance. It is a resource book to help you get your phrases just write and not keep using the same ones over and over again till the reader can’t take anymore. The book is divided into several sections discussing physical characteristics of men and women, body movements, facial expressions, humor, eyes, voices, emotions, sex, emotions, and colors.

This is not just a short list of phrases to help you. These lists are extensive and can be reworded to suit your particular story. Stuck on a scene? Let this book help you get over the temporary brick wall.

If you are a writer of romances or will have some romance in your books, you could use this reference book. The truth is that you cannot get enough reference books for your writing.

Note: I purchased this book with my own funds.
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LibraryThing member SerenaYates
A great source of alternative words when writing romance. Of course, some ideas are more useful than others, and some don't work at all (at least for me), but this book offers a great overview of what is out there. It has also sparked many of my own explorations of describing people and situations in a different way.

Very useful - including for a good laugh when looking at some of the "standard" expressions that are out there.… (more)



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