Keeping It Short

I just finished writing my first short story romance unless you count the play I wrote in 6th grade which featured 6th grade romance or the love letter I wrote in 3rd grade to my long distance boyfriend. Why, you ask, would I write something so complicated as a romance story in less than a thousand words?

I love short stories and it's a challenge – and I believe:
·         romance is basic...WE make it complicated.
·         romance is universal…as you read this, there may be people on Mars at this very moment falling in love.  
I learned some things about romance writing during this short story project. You need:
1.      At least one person who is interested in another (by chance or by scheme).
2.      Two characters who are not in another love relationship (it's a short story).
3.      You need the possibility of romance (closed off people need not apply).
4.      You need flirtation.
5.      You need characters that will take a chance on love and be open to the opportunity.
And you still need to think about:
1.      Interesting and believable characters.
2.      A beginning
3.      A middle
4.      An ending
5.   Creative sentences that make the story move.
A short story romance, that's what I've been up to.
How do you take your romance story?  Long? Short? Complicated? Basic?


  1. Even if your wrote basic, my mind would make it complicated. :) Wondered where you had been. So tell me, where did you do the research? :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  2. Oh baby, at my age I take my romance story any way I can get it! Heeehehehe!!!

    What fun...are we gonna get to read a little 'tease' sometime??? Just askin'....

    God bless and have a wonderful weekend sweetie!!! :o)

  3. Two people playing hard to get would be difficult. Not much of a romance!

  4. Congratulations. When do we get to read a bit of this romance? Love a romance whether it's short, long, basic or complicated. Have a great weekend.

    Thoughts in Progress

  5. I think it would be interesting to do a romance story about two people who meet in a retirement center. Maybe that is just my age talking ;)

    Congratulations. Hopefully you are going to share bits and pieces?


  6. Congratulations! Short stories are so hard for me to write unless one comes to me fully formed. Sometimes that happens, and it's golden :)

  7. I want it believable. I hate to pick up a book that is so full of fluff I could never imagine anyone being one fraction like the main character. If he sounds like an angel, I will put it down. lol

  8. Sadly, horror stories are more real to me than romance.


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