Writing 101: What Is a Romance Novel? Learn About the History and Characteristics of Romance Novels

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Last updated: Sep 2, 2022 • 5 min read

From love affairs set in England’s Regency era to contemporary sensual affairs, romance novels continually top the New York Times best-selling charts. These stories are aspirational, optimistic, and provide escapism. In writing a romance novel, it is helpful to know the key elements to developing a romantic relationship on the page—and, of course, crafting a happily ever after.