I’m not naive enough to think writing romance was easy, but I was under the impression I knew what the criteria were, and when I started my Victorian Love story, that’s what I thought it was. Not so.
I tried again, and this story doesn’t fit the formula either – but undeterred, I’m going to have another go at moulding the plot to what the romance publishers want. It’s the singularly most popular genre at the moment and I don’t intend to let a couple of extra chapters and an incorrect PoV beat me!
So, I’m back to the tricky problem of discerning exactly what constitutes a romance as opposed to a women’s’ literature story. My research tells me the main premise of any romance, is to put a hero and a heroine together and keep them together-yet-apart, until the final page. The others are:
- The story is focused on the relationship between H & H
- H & H must meet as soon as possible. [Chapter Three won’t cut it!]
- They should be together for almost every scene.
- When they’re not together they need to be thinking about each other
- External conflict is solved by working together
- Conflict of secondary characters should be alluded to, not focused upon.
- Subplots exist purely to further interactions between the H & H
- The main - and if possible, the only - Points of Views, are the H & H
- There must be a Happy Ever After
My wip now conforms to all these points apart from two, so with another re-write, a shifting of events, oh and I almost forgot, more drama! I may just do it.
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