Finding True Love

WRITING A ROMANCE

A romance is the story of a man and a woman who meet and fall in love against all the odds. The ingredients for a standard romance are:

♦ attractive central characters

♦ a beginning, middle and happy ending

♦ an element of suspense

♦ obstacles designed to keep the hero and heroine apart

♦ a satisfactory conclusion, culminating in the promise of marriage.

Romantic fiction is true escapism and great fun to write as you steep yourself in a vision of what life could be like if only all your dreams could come true.

Most but not all romantic fiction is written by women. This is because it is centred around a particularly feminine, idealised perception of what a loving relationship should be. The male hero is strong, yet gentle. A caring, nurturing creature, who puts the needs and desires of the heroine before his own.

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