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ISBN: 0399510028 / ISBN-13: 9780399510021

The Romance Writers' Phrase Book

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T. Kay

Good for beginners

by T. Kay on Jan 18, 2012

This book is aimed at the beginning writer, one who lacks the experience to write vivid descriptive phrases. If you fall into this category, then this book is for you. In her introduction, the author states that her work kept being rejected because "it lacked romantic tension", meaning she didn't have enough descriptive 'tags'. Having looked over the types of phrases she recommends, all I can say is: no wonder she had difficulty selling her work if she was leaving these kinds of descriptions out! Although I only consider myself a 'hobby writer', I've published a number of small pieces over the years. Now I finally have time to work on a novel, and I was looking for alternate words to used during the love scenes. (There are few alternatives for 'lips', and a certain anatomical word relating to the male gender isn't even in the Thesaurus!) I was hoping this book might help. Unfortunately for me, this book wasn't what I needed. I'm already quite adept at using tags. (And yes, I've published the majority of the short pieces I've submitted.) However, I know beginning writers to whom I would definitely recommend this book. I'd also recommend that anyone who wishes to understand exactly how to use these phrases read the work of author Shannon McKenna, whom I consider the 'Mistress of the Tags'. However, if you already have a good grasp of writing basics, I'd advise you not to waste your money. For someone hoping to find a better word for a woman's naughty bits, "she felt a curious swooping pull at her innards" just doesn't quite cut it...

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