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Romance tropes... [Jun. 5th, 2006|01:46 am]
Writing Help


I'm having a vague plot idea sparked by mention of some sort of contest kinda thing for "paranormal romance novels"... but I don't, personally, read romance novels. And don't care to, I have enough sci fi and fantasy sitting around begging for my attention.
Any particular pointers/resources for figuring out the tropes of the romance genre, short of reading a whole bunch of the stupid things? Other than, ya know, varying degrees of softcore pornography [g], I'm not sure what generally actually *happens* in a romance novel.

From: lunamoth42
2006-06-05 03:23 pm (UTC)
I'm not going to launch into the whole "read what you write" schpeil, as I'm sure that's not going to help. But, mostly, to make it a romance, the romance has to take center stage. The relationship between the two main people you're hooking up in a romantical way has to be what drives the plot. Or at least a huge part of it.

That's pretty much it. Gods, I sure wouldn't want to read something that was just mimicking all the standard romance out there. Write something well, is all.
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