Could I please, the writer asked, tell her exactly how many times a writer could ‘head hop’ in her book.
That answer is always – “It’s all in the execution” – a phrase that editors have had to use so many many times that it has become abbreviated and is simple known as IAITE.
1. The ratio of dialogue to narrative in a romance should be around 60% dialogue to 40% narrative. (please note the word ‘around’ – no one had ever asked me to work out precisely what proportion of my book is dialogue and what narrative)
That was it. No other rules – and I wasn’t expecting any. You see, the idea that there are such strict rules comes rather too close to that other misinformed belief about writing romances – and that is that there is the much famed ‘formula’. Crack that and you’re published instantly and on your way to making a huge fortune. I wish!
Kate is looking forward to e rest of July talking about writing. She's heading for the RNA Conference in Penrith next week - and to Caerleon Writers' Holiday the week after. At both events she'll be teaching about writing romance - and emphasising the fact that there are no rules.
Kate's most recent title is The Devil and Miss Jones.