Wait, what? Well, I'm trying a different genre (still with some romance and hot guys, but not just) so I think I should focus the thoughts on that. But I don't want to leave the genre entirely, so I floated this up to the Twitterverse this morning.
Might start a free monthly contemporary romance writing class. Contact me if you're in Manila or PHL and want in!
— Mina V. Esguerra (@minavesguerra) January 16, 2013
It's now 11 AM and I have about 20 takers, so we're officially on. :) How exciting! Read on and see if this is what you'd like to do.
Free Mostly-Online Course: Yes I'm Writing a Contemporary Romance Novella
1. The goal is to FINISH writing a contemporary romance novella of about 30,000 words
2. The course is free, with monthly assignments and meetups, but everything else will be online
3. Open to Philippine residents (those far from Manila can participate online and skip the meetups)
4. Online component will be via a closed Facebook Group called "Yes I'm Writing a Contemporary Romance Novella"
Contemporary romance = Set in current time or recent past, main plot is romance, "happily ever after" is encouraged but not necessary.
Novella = Less than 50,000 words
I will be sharing a formula for writing contemporary romances, and each assignment will be based on sticking to this formula. My goal is to help you FINISH writing one, and I think the best way is to introduce you to the formula, the elements that my editors look for, and what readers usually comment on. Even if you learn eventually that the formula is "not your thing," ideally you can use this as a starting point.
Some anticipated questions (with answers):
Can I go into the course with a story already written?
Yes, but it may have to be revised to follow the formula.
Does the work have to be in English?
No, but I'm fluent only in English and Filipino. (So I can't help you if it's in French.)
Can I join the group but not submit assignments?
For now let's say I'll prioritize the people who want to finish a book. But let's see how it goes.
Is it too late to sign up?
Sign up and join at any point, as long as you can catch up!
I want to try this! How do I try this?
Add me as a friend on Facebook (search firstname.lastname@example.org or Mina V. Esguerra) and I'll add you to the group. Assignments, meetup skeds, and other details will be posted there.
Let's do this!