I hope you’ve had a good week so far.
On Wednesday, 22/02, I (virtually) attended a webinar entitled ‘How to write Romance that Stands Out’ via Reedsy and hosted by Michelle Hazen (https://michellehazenbooks.com/). This was a really useful and informative webinar about how to approach writing a romance story and some tips about how to make it all pop off the page.
I’ve been thinking about writing a romance story for a while now, and this webinar has put me on the right track.
The webinar discussed providing three things to clarify a story; Make it Specific. Make it Personal. Make it Visual.
Following these main tips as you write your story can help it become more unique. And in a genre that has regularly been a top many a best-selling list, this could be crucial. The webinar also detailed 7 principles to follow as you are writing. These are:
- Meet Cute – How your characters meet and make it unique.
- Demonstration of Value – Show, don’t tell something about the love interest that makes them more attractive to the other.
- What are your readers expecting? – Give them what they want. Which, amongst other things, is that the two love interests get together at the end of the story.
- Flipping Stereotypes and Genre shortcuts – How to do things that don’t conform to usual stereotypes of shortcuts for the Romance genre.
- Time for date night – Think outside the box for what the character’s first date will be and how it happens.
- Mid-Book Reversal – Big change mid-way through the story that keeps things interesting. For example, the couple breaks up when one decides to make the decision thinking it’s best for the other.
- Grand Gesture – Make it personal, show time and effort, and something symbolic of the relationship.
For the entire webinar, please visit the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2D_DjKSLdFc&t=7s.
The main thing I took away from this was that to make your story stand out, it should be as unique and specific as possible. Say, instead of having the two main love interests meet on a date in a coffee shop or bar, how about they meet another way? By accident or on a rock-climbing holiday or when you, and they, least expect it?
These types of things happen all the time in real life. For example, you decide to do something slightly different on your lunch break from work and suddenly discover a new place to eat or a new route to walk. It’s a small example, but you get the point. Why not have your characters do something different to what you might do in their shoes and see what happens?
Currently, my love interests meet in a coffee shop and bond over a common interest. Not until later do they realise they work in the same company and are not particularly fond of each other from a work perspective. I have already written a short story for this, and I’m excited to flesh out the details and see where it takes me. The webinar has helped me in that respect and will guide me until it’s done.
I’ll end with a question, how do you try and make your Romance Story unique?