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Anyone else write romance?

Helen - 12/22/2008 at 11:38 PM

Anyone else write romance?

Renamed - 12/22/2008 at 11:39 PM

I have a little, very little, in my vampire I think there are some where who do though.

itzrissa2u - 12/23/2008 at 12:36 AM

I am branch out a little and am working on a paranormal romance type book.

Renamed2 - 12/23/2008 at 12:56 AM

i also incorporate a bit of romance in my stories, i too am writing a paranormal novel with some romance tossed in..

Helen - 12/28/2008 at 03:31 PM

That's great... I was hoping I wasn't the only one!

Let me know if you have any stories to share... I'd love to see what other people are doing.

Paranormal romance seems to be really popular right now and vampires - which is great because who doesn't love a little magic and mystery ;)

I'm working on a couple of short stories in the historical genre right now. (There may or may not be a vampire or two...)

If I work up the courage I might post for critique.

moonshadow68 - 12/28/2008 at 03:49 PM

I'm working on some romance stories as well,with and without vampries. Hopefully, I can finish one soon and share :)

Helen - 12/29/2008 at 05:48 PM

That's great!

I'm determined to finish a story and submit it to Harlequin.
I'm about halfway through one that I thought would be good for the ebooks line (because they only have to be 10-15000 words which is less intimidating to me).
Now I'm not sure if it's steamy enough... which probably means that it isn't.
I just keep saying - finish it, obsess over the details later...

I'm so excited about hearing from other writers - I'll look forward to reading your stories :)

Melanie - 12/30/2008 at 07:35 AM

I'm currently working on a fantasy romance novel. No vampires, but a really hot wizard dude.


caribbeanmuse - 12/30/2008 at 09:18 AM

no vampires here, and I am thinking about writing romance, does that count? lol

DeeM - 12/30/2008 at 04:44 PM

Funny you should ask. I've been trying to write anything but romance, but i just seem to veer towards it... I begin a horror and look out!!! It turns all mushy.... same with all my tragedy stories... I told T that I guess i got to just go with it and maybe it'll kill itself off lol... In Highschool thats all I wrote for no reason at all... welll that and noone else would see it. anyhow thats my two cents (in actuality its 4.3 cents)


Helen - 1/1/2009 at 02:23 PM

Yeah, I really enjoy writing and all my stories end up focusing on relationships and love - so why fight it!

SheWolfSilver - 2/6/2009 at 09:18 PM

This is an old post but I thought I would answer. I write romance stories. I have one complete novel that I wrote quite a few years ago. I'm working on polishing it up a bit. I have another that is about halfway finished.

pink454126 - 2/14/2009 at 11:29 AM

(I know... old post)
I cannot seem to manage to write anything that doesn't have romance in it. No matter what it is! I try to write someting - anything - it hits a slow spot, needs a twist, BAM! somebody's pregnant. Bah.

Stephie - 2/14/2009 at 12:25 PM

i write romance because whatever i write turns into romance

pink454126 - 2/14/2009 at 12:42 PM

I think I'm just going to give up and plain out write ROMANCE. I'm not even going to try to make it different. Gah. *stabs romance*

IsabelDavis - 4/11/2009 at 12:34 AM

I write romance in my stories.

IsabelDavis - 4/11/2009 at 12:36 AM

Quote: Originally posted by Helen  
Yeah, I really enjoy writing and all my stories end up focusing on relationships and love - so why fight it!

All of my work is focused on relationships too. I just have trouble describing sex scenes.

Heather - 4/11/2009 at 07:12 AM

I tried to find the video clip they showed on the news last night, but no luck. I did find this article from the NY Times, though. It's about how people are flocking to romance novels to escape these troubled times.

Michy - 4/11/2009 at 07:15 AM

Romance has ALWAYS been quite, uhm, titillating... while it's not 'best seller' worthy, there is a lot of regular money in writing and publishing romance. It sells.

Nancy G. - 4/11/2009 at 07:20 AM

The story I just finished for this month's contest isn't a romance, but it could be with some expansion. I have been thinking about after the contest/anthology, depending on what happens with the judging, I could expand it into a book, and romance then could become a part of it. I was more interested in the 'Fantasy' aspect at this time. Depending, Michy, on the rules and regs of what I can do with it IF it gets included in the book. I just got a critique back from a member of my writers' group and he said he can see it as a TV series. I feel good about it being the start of something bigger.

Michy - 4/11/2009 at 07:23 AM

You get the rights back fully after it publishes.. I think I put a 12 month clause in the contract, but I don't remember. It might have been six months.

Anyway, contests on the board all belong to you guys.... it would be so cool to see a short story in one of our books come out as the inspiration or spark that creates a best seller!

Nancy G. - 4/11/2009 at 07:32 AM

Well, I wouldn't say best seller with this theme, but you never know. It is about a woman who wins a leprchaun in a raffle and how he straightens out her life. There is a love interest that goes astray, and another that knocks on the door in the last paragraph, but this story is about the leprechaun and the woman. As I was writing it I thought about how it could really be more than that. I didn't expand the 'romance' angle because it would have made it too long.

radio with guts. - 5/11/2009 at 04:45 PM

^ I wouldn't change it. I think it's a sweet idea. :love:

I write love stories between insane people.
I had an idea about a man who's infatuated with a girl he's never met, but who used to live in his house and left behind a bunch of old journals. She models for the same magazine he writes for. He goes on a crazed mission trying to find out about her, neglecting friends, family, his girlfriend and paying his mortgage.
Turns out she's dead.
He kills himself.

I dunno... I don't write novels. But, it's a possibility.
What do you people think?

Bobbi - 5/11/2009 at 05:46 PM

Does chick-lit romance/drama count?

Helen - 6/16/2009 at 10:05 AM

Sure, Bobbi - I think it totally counts.
What are you working on?

radio with guts - the romantic tragedy is a sadly neglected market. I'm not sure harlequin is ready for you ;) but seriously, there's always room for one more.

I'm determined to finish my romance novel this year. I run my own business so I've been managing things for the last few months in a way that gives me time to write. I've just posted the first two chapters for review on the critique forum. I'd be grateful for any feedback :)

Melanie - 6/16/2009 at 12:34 PM

All you guys fighting romance... why? Nothing wrong with being a romance writer, if that's what you're good at and like to do.

I wish I was better at it myself.

Michy - 6/16/2009 at 09:43 PM

I agree with Melanie - romance is one of the easiest markets to get into as a new writer too, because the readers are more interested in the over feeling of the story than the actual storyline or writing - it's like Lifetime Movies versus Major Motion Pictures - both are good, both have their place, and both are preferred for various reasons.

I can't write romance... I can write good romantic elements into another story, but to make a good 'romance' story, I have trouble focusing on all the nuances of just the relationship to write a romance. I want to have moral and backstory and go on and on and... well, let's just say I can't write romance well.

But I know writers who make a good income writing romance.... there's nothing wrong with it if that's what comes naturally to you. Write it!

A best selling romance novel is better than a novel never sold.

Helen - 6/17/2009 at 05:51 AM

I also like that I have a specific form to follow because it keeps me focused. Otherwise I just go off on tangents all the time and never finish anything. (Fingers crossed, that will change!) Since it's a romance I have to keep focused on moving the love story forward. Of course there's other elements and themes as well, but you have to work really hard to keep the reader's attention on anything that pulls away from the romantic plot. And there's a specific goal with a romance novel - entertainment. At this stage of life I'm more comfortable with that than "enlightenment" or "high art". (Not that a romance can't be those things, like Jane Eyre, 12th Night or Sweet Charity...)

A lot of people think, "Oh, Romance has all been done before." But, ask anyone how they met their partner and it's a story. Two people rarely come together in a straight line so it's always interesting to hear what obstacles they overcame and what drew them together. Very often it's the little things, the dear or deadly quirks and unconscious expectations, compassionately unacknowledged truths. ;) I love talking about relationships and nuances of behavior. What turns people on and what they find attractive definitely interests me as much as any other aspect of their personality.

Also, writing my ideas in a story is way, way smarter than giving relationship advice to my friends and family. 'Cause whether you're right or wrong, in the end it's just awkward. You know?

tigermalt - 7/20/2009 at 08:46 PM

:smilegrin:I write romance but my couples are m/m.:blush:

UniquelyNormal - 9/16/2009 at 01:48 PM

I had a hard time classifying what I am writing, but I think it's really a romance. It's about relationships & there are least 4 intimate scenes (a least so far in my outline - maybe as I write more will present themselves.)

Anita M Shaw - 4/21/2012 at 01:49 PM

Yep, old post . . .

I write romance . . . not, probably on the same level as others. No steamy love scenes or anything like that.

melinda - 12/15/2012 at 10:52 AM

I do also, but with the steamy love scenes. :)

chrisstevenson - 12/15/2012 at 11:18 AM

I tried my first paranormal romance a few years back, and just recently followed it up with two YAs in Fantasy and distopia. I write the sweet stuff.