What is Romantic Women’s Fiction?

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Why did you join RWF, a chapter of RWA?

When I first joined Romantic Women’s Fiction (RWF), I was searching for a group that could help me in my writing journey. I wanted a group that wrote romance and women’s fiction as their genre of choice. I’d had an editor and an agent give me two conflicting statements—one said my story was a romance, the other said it was women’s fiction.

According to RWA, Romance has two basic elements in every romance novel: a central love story and an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.

According to various writers and Wikipedia, Women’s Fiction is about how a woman deals with the challenges in her life.

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From my view point, Romantic Women’s Fiction (RWF) is “a marriage of romance and women’s fiction.” It’s a story of the heroine’s journey through life challenges, and along the way the hero enters, beginning the romantic dance. In the end, many of her issues are resolved and the romance ends with a happy conclusion. Life’s journey is easier when traveled as a couple.

In my research, I found some very good explanations for the meaning of “romantic women’s fiction.”

Edie Claire says, “Romantic Women’s Fiction is a hybrid of contemporary romance and   women’s fiction. It’s a popular type of book; readers often just don’t know what to call it!”

See Edie Claire, Julianne Maclean, and Mary Campsi’s YouTube presentation of its meaning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DbzVlVrMaE

From the savvyauthors.com, Cynthia Rachette, says “A new sub-genre is emerging that combines the ever popular romance and the tried and true   women’s fiction. Yes, it’s romantic women’s fiction.”

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RWF is here for you to learn more about writing. And our main focus is writing romantic women’s fiction.

Have you considered what sub-genre of romance that you write?

What are some thoughts you have on writing romantic women’s fiction?

For more in-depth information, please check out the links from my research below, in no particular order:

https://www.rwa.org/Romance

https://www.rwa.org/p/fo/st/topic=656&post=158050#p158050

https://www.rwa.org/p/fo/st/topic=553&post=55498#p55498

http://www.edieclaire.com/rwf

http://romanceuniversity.org/2009/11/06/is-it-romance-or-romantic-womens-fiction/

https://savvyauthors.com/blog/romantic-womens-fiction-a-new-face-to-old-style-womens-fiction-by-cynthia-racette/

http://www.findmeanauthor.com/womens_fiction_genre.htm

http://writersrelief.com/blog/2016/03/what-is-womens-fiction/

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/agent-scott-eagan-on-romance-vs-womens-fiction

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women’s_fiction

Avery

Avery Cove is the current Vice-President of Communications for RWF. See her Facebook page for more of her thoughts.

 

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