While I tend to write and read more crime novels than romance, I’m a member of Romance Writers of New Zealand (RWNZ). I joined initially as membership was part of the annual conference costs and I wanted to attend the Michael Hauge workshops, which were excellent by the way.
After the conference I discovered there were chapter groups for each area of the country, my local one being the Coast to Coast (C2C).
Initially, I thought I might feel a little out of place as I don’t write a lot of romance. However, the next meeting was on how to get the most out of Scrivener, and I was keen to get all the tips I could. What I found was a fabulous group of people that write everything from science fiction, fantasy, psychological thrillers, crime, and oh yes, sometimes something that contains a bit of romance.
I’ve just spent a motivating and hilarious afternoon with the group. Our session today covered writing great beginnings. As readers we know a great opening hook when we read one as we want to keep turning the pages to find out what happens. Writing a great opening paragraph is a lot harder. Viv had brought a heap of images and we each chose one and wrote an opening paragraph or two to fit the image. As we read them out we discovered that we had no romantic beginnings, one was about loss and the rest were definitely in the murder and psychological thriller genre with our final reader beginning: Dying was more peaceful than I imagined.
We decided that our group tagline should be: If we can’t romance it, we kill it.
Romance is dead! At least it was this afternoon.