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Friday, November 04, 2011

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?

8 comments:

  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

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  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)

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

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  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.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  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?

    Deanna

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  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 :)

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  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

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

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