Thank you Christina Cole for these insightful tips on what to consider when writing a romance story.
On Writing Romance Fiction By Christina Cole
Romances are a "genre of fiction", which means there are specific conventions
about how they're written. Readers -- and editors -- expect certain things
as far as the story structure and development. Essentially, a romance novel
centers on a main character (usually female) who is attempting to achieve a
specific goal in order to resolve a problem. While pursuing this goal, the
character encounters a love interest who complicates the situation. As the story
progresses, the main character faces obstacles to the goal. One of two things
(a) Despite opposition, the character knows she/he is doing the right thing
and refuses to give up or change. In the end the character is rewarded for
her/his steadfast nature.
(b) As the story progresses, the character realizes she/he has been
wrong and makes whatever changes are necessary to do the right thing. In the end
the character has learned an important lesson and is rewarded for it.
OK, so how does this all relate to your main character and to the story you're telling? In your first three chapters, the editor should be able to get a clear picture of who your main character is, what she's trying to do, or why she's trying to do it.
When I pick up a romance novel and begin to read, the first things I need
to know as a reader are these:
What are the main character's dominant traits?
What goal is the main character trying to achieve?
How does the main character plan to achieve this goal?
What will happen if the main character fails to achieve the goal?
Is the character doing the right thing?
Or is it obvious that the character is on the wrong track?
What is the motivation behind this goal?
What obstacles is the character encountering?
Thank you for sharing Judith.
's latest release, Happily Ever After, from Sweet
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to get a copy. She's also working on a new novel titled Summertime. I've been privileged to read a few chapters and i can't wait for the novel to be published.
She is married, lives in the midwest, loves history, hates winter, and
is happily at work on her next historical romance.
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