Ana muses on her golden rule of writing: write romance so the reader understands.
I have always been a lover of words. I analyze, perhaps too much, the nuances between words. In my mind, there is a difference between "adore" and "cherish." (To me, adore implies a worshiping from some distance, whereas cherish suggests a holding close.)
Whether or not I am correct, a writer needs to write so the reader understands the story s/he is trying to tell. Here is my (ever-growing) checklist:
1. a cover that fits the genre and conveys a feeling for the story.
2. a blurb that entices the reader as well as describes the story's tone and plot conflict.
3. good grammar.
4. Short paragraphs that generate lots of white space on the page.
5. Clear POVs. The reader should always know whose head the narrative and perspective is in. Also who says what.
6. Show the evolution - erosion of the reasons why the heroine and hero think they cannot be together. In other words, show how their attraction (love) is more powerful than all the obstacles to their union.
What would you add to this list?