Writing Romance, Whether I Like It or Not
If you met me on the street, you probably wouldn’t recognize me as a romance writer. I don’t wear rhinestones or lace or sequins. I drive a minivan. And I never watch my neighbors through binoculars (except that one time.)
I really never planned to become a Romance writer. In my college creative writing classes, no one wrote Romance. Instead, we wrote angst-filled stories with sad endings. My first novel, which I wrote for my Master’s thesis, had a happy ending, but nobody fell in love.
So, when I came up with an idea for a Romance, I considered handing off the idea to someone else. The only problem was that I already had the first couple of chapters written in my head. I told my husband, “I really feel like writing this Romance novel, but I don’t think anybody will want to publish it.”
His response: “Go ahead and write it for fun. You don’t have to publish everything you write.” (Not that I’d published a novel before.)
So I started writing, and I found out that writing a Romance is a lot like writing any other kind of novel. I had to do research. I had to read other great writers. I had to come up with snappy dialogue, detailed descriptions, and gripping conficts.
What was really great about writing romance was that it was fun! I love taking a character from her ho-hum existence into a place where she’s embracing life with all its risks. You’ve probably heard of the man with a terminal illness who cured himself by watching every funny movie he could find. I believe that a good, positive romance can have a positive effect on our health and attitude as well. It’s the next best thing to actually falling in love!
(Here’s the link to my personal love story: http://www.rebeccahjamison.com/search/label/blind%20date )
What’s your favorite Romance?