Have you ever written, or tried to write a romance novel or short story? Personally, it’s not my thing. The closest I come to a romance write is in my latest story, Cadeyrn’s Tale, but I’d hardly call it a romance story.
Still, there are some things to consider when writing romance. I think it goes without saying, you need two characters that fall in love. Along with the characters, there needs to be a major obstacle that lies in the path of their love. Quite often, the two don’t even realize they are in love until that obstacle reveals it to them.
For some reason, I think of Hallmark romance movies. I don’t mind saying they are too predictable, but they do use the elements of good romance. Consider the following:
- One of the characters is in a relationship with someone else.
- One of the characters’ family disapproves of the relationship and threatens to cut the character off.
- One of the characters misunderstands the kind of person the other character is and initially dislikes him/her (e.g., character is very shy or nervous but it comes across as rude and arrogant).
- Character X suspects that Character Y is planning or has committed a crime — the more Character X finds out, the more dangerous the situation becomes. (rarely used in Hallmark)
So you’ve developed your two characters and given them a sizable problem to overcome. To make a story, one more thing is needed – a reason for them to work with each other to overcome the problem and work things out. Many times in real life situatios we see couples simply give up and move on. This is a sad situation, but it really doesn’t make for good reading – or writing. There must be a common goal of sorts for them to overcome.
Often one of the two characters is in love with someone else and it must be drawn out to reveal the true love between your characters. However, often there are outside circumstances that intrude upon the lovers. Think about these.
1. One of the characters works for the other (Think the overused nanny falls in love with her employer).
2. Character X is a detective investigating Character Y. The possibilities here are without number.
3. Character X has an accident or is in danger and Character Y has no choice but to take care of him/her.
The trick is make the story unique. These examples have been used over and over and given the first few chapters, the end of the story can easily be concluded. But again, that doesn’t make for good writing. Create your unique characters. Give them a unique obstacle. Give them a unique reason to stay together, and you’ll no doubt have a winner.