Writing the Christian Romance

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Writing the Christian Romance Book Cover Writing the Christian Romance
Gail Gaymer Martin
Language Arts & Disciplines
Writer's Digest Books
December 20, 2007

Writing the Christian Romance provides readers with detailed instruction for creating a storyline that is reflective of Christian values without being preachy, and developing virtuous and principled characters who dont seem laughably generic. In addition, the book will show writers how to develop an engaging, passionate, conflict-driven romantic storyline without the use profanity, gratuitous violence, or sexually explicit content. It will teach writers the three threads around which Christian romance is centered: the characters personal growth, the growth of the romance, and the characters spiritual growth, which is as irrevocably tied to the storyline as the first two threads.

An old friend of our family, an exuberant lady of advanced years, once told us that she would eat a bar of soap if there were enough salsa on it. Books on how to write are the salsa for me, and so yes, I read a book on how to write a Christian romance. I read Stephen King’s book on writing too, despite never having read anything else by him.

So I rated this one three stars. The wordcraft portions of this book were quite good, and very helpful — particularly on that pesky POV cluster of problems. But the examples, culled from various Christian romances were enough to put me off my feed, and hence the three stars.

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