Discussion in 'General Writing' started by The Romanticist, Apr 14, 2009.
I'm a romance novelist wanna be.
Anyone else write romance?
I do =] I'm more for the chase so to speak, I don't like writing about already formed relationships. I like to develop them subtley throught the course of the novel and maybe have it peak just right at the end of my attempts or perhaps peak and then slide down the the slippery slope on the other side if the story calls for it. Yes, I'm a cynic lol - but some happy endings are nice. Just depends on the characters involved and how well it was written.
Not sure on how I will write mine, but my current plot is a man on his death bed, going back and telling his wife his true feelings for her from when he met her through the rest of their life until now.
Are you talking about a love story? Because 'romance novel' has a very particular meaning.
Actually if you could tell me the difference that would be great.I'm new to writing and if I'm using the wrong genre to describe my work, I would like to know!!
I like 'romanticism'...but not really romance as in the hollywood chick-flick stuff. Is that what you mean?
yes, mostly.I think.Like the wind blowing through the trees, and the sunset,etc.?
I think its nice to have romance in any book. apart from one book I am currently writing the rest of them do have romance in them. I used to read alot of mills and boon books as I was growing up, so I have always been a romantic..
Romance novel is a specific genre, like fantasy. Think Harlequin, Avon, etc. The mini-synopsis you gave would fall into the chick-lit category. Romance novels have a certain formula. And a happy (if not ever after, at least happy for now) ending is part of that formula. The Notebook is a good example, while it is definitely a love story, and very romantic, it is not a romance novel.
Category romance novels run between 50,000 and 75,000 words.
My current story is romance, but its sex scene free. I've written quite a few steamy scenes, but not for my stories
I will become a romance novelist if need be. I prefer not to be though simply because I would like to show my work to my family, and I can't do that if my characters are, well, doing nasties
There are several different types of romance novels, including Christian romance, which of course precludes the bumping of uglies.
Chick lit = written works for and marketed to young women, especially single, working women in their twenties and thirties
romance = love story
romantica = love story with steamy scenes (they can vary in their exposure and detail)
erotica = predominantly steamy scenes with some story line, can be love related or not.
hope the definitions didn't offend anyone, tried to keep it kiddy friendly. people often miss the difference between romance and romantica, they usually just dump the romantica section into the erotica catagory, simply because they don't know the difference (though to be fair some romantica works do deserve to be put in the erotica catagory!) also, romance novelists don't need to have steamy scenes for their book to fall into the romance catagory (argue if you like, but thats what i believe and i'll stick to it) obviously there's a lot more to each genre than what is given above, but its a starting point... good luck!
good to know
Most romance publishers I've seen have a word count of 65,000-100,000, but I know it varies.
Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook is classified as contemporary romance along with Confessions of a Shopaholic.
There are many subgenres in romance.
I'm writing a contemporary romance right now. I don't much care for historical romances.
If I publish a romance novel it will be under another name. I reserve my real name for writing sci-fi and fantasy.
sounds like a fabulous idea. when dating, you can eventually tell your lover that you're the author of those romance novels she secretly loves. itll be a perfect playing card on girls
Either that or she'll decide you're too slick, a playah.
I love chick-lit, but feel like people who are into other genres look down on it? Am I right in thinking that? & how do you decide which novels are chick-lit, which novels are romance?
I respect women too much to be a player.
"So, just wanted you to know I wrote that romance novel you enjoy."
"You waited all this time to tell me you're Bi?"
"Wait, now, just because I think Johnny Depp is sexy, and I enjoy writing romances . . ."
Lol I personally find the whole 'player' persona quite sexy...
Maybe thats just because I'm married, and envy the freedom. Even so though...
That could work in your favor on so many levels.
don't worry, i'm not bi and I find some women sexy too XD tis how it goes.
crimesonrose, whew, I'm not alone. I supsect it is normal, but many people don't feel comfortable admitting it.
lol! tis normal, no worries. my fiance thinks my main male character is hot..... XD
Funny thing is I just had a hour long conversation with my friend last night about which movie stars of the opposite sex are hot. It's more commonplace than you think.
And while I don't swing both ways like a pendulum, for the right kinda girl...ifyaknowhaddameen.
It's kind of sad you would still feel uncomfortable expressing that. Feel free to be yourself, damn the torpedoes.
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