The lovely Christine Bryant, The Day Dreamer, has graciously allowed me to guest post over on her blog on such an embarrassing topic as romance. Oh great, now I'm blushing.
Four Hot Tips for Sweet Romance
(even if it’s just a subplot)
At the LDStorymakers Conference in May 2011 Sarah M. Eden (Courting Miss Lancanster) presented on romance in novels. A lot of what I am going to share with you today came from her. If you ever get the chance to take a class from her (like say next years LDStorymaker’s Conference), DO! She’s hilarious and comes highly recommended.
Romance: The Basics:
Girl meets Boy. Eventually they fall in love and have a happy ending. (At least modern readers insist upon a happy ending. Perhaps there are too many unhappy endings in our own lives right now that we don’t want to read about them in our spare time.)
The Story Question: Will they end up together?
Story Answer: Yes! Always, yes.
This is what stretches the romance writer’s imagination: figuring out how to make your love story original when it has the same story question and answer as everyone else’s.
If this is not your STORY question, but one of the elements to your book, then you would not fall under the genre of romance, but that’s cool. All the info below is just as relevant to romantic subplots.