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A Random Conversation about my Romance

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  • #125110
    Erynne
    @erynne

    Hi everyone! I’m Erynne (Erin) I joined about a month or so ago, and it didn’t even dawn on me to talk about my romance in this group.

    I haven’t actually started yet, but I have very carefully plotted it out (not finished yet though!) The romance part isn’t necessarily the main point of the story but it is a large part, and it’s always nice to have someone to talk to about writing romance as it is a difficulty to keep Christian standards while still keeping it real in a way. If that makes sense.

    I’m a teenage girl and have never been on a date (I’ve seen I’m not the only one here, so that’s nice) I’m known to burst into tears over the cheesiest romance, but I don’t necessarily want that to be the case with my story, lol.

    So yeah, I guess a quick rundown of the plot would be a good idea… It’s about a teenage girl (15ish I guess) who causes a car accident and gives her newborn nephew severe brain damage. She feels guilty and her brother-in-law kicks her out so she works, basically as a slave, for this guy who is known for his abusive behavior. Anyway, after several years she gets a job as a teacher and meets a guy and they get together. Everything is finally going good in her life then a new student with brain damage joins her class. (spoiler: her nephew) After some incidents take place, she must gain the trust of her nephew and fix the relationship with her sister. Also, in the end, she gets engaged and then dies before they get married.

    Like I said, the romance isn’t the main point but it’s still important in the story.

    So I just wanted to kinda introduce myself here and tell y’all about my romance story. I can’t wait to here what everyone has to say about writing a Christian romance! 🙂

    "There are no mistakes, only happy accidents."
    -Bob Ross

    #125403
    Erynne
    @erynne

    Ugh! I always forget to tag people! *facepalm*

    My posts would probably get more recognition if I actually remembered to tag a few people every once in awhile XD

    So here I go… @zee @arindown @emberynus-the-dragonslayer @writergirl101

    Well that’s everyone I know on this group, but it’s a start. Hope that works

    "There are no mistakes, only happy accidents."
    -Bob Ross

    #125406
    Ella
    @writergirl101

    @erynne

    Hey Erynne!  Aw, your story sounds tragic!!!  That might actually make me cry if I ever read it!! 😢

    Oh, I totally feel you when it comes to reading/writing Christian romance!  People can be so messed up, and a lot of it shows in their writing.  The fine line between beautiful romance and bad stuff is sooo hard to write.  I don’t write adult romance, which is much harder to portray in a Christian (but not cliche) way.  I’m pretty sure @zee writes adult romance, though…?  I write YA with romance in it, and I love it when popular YA authors portray romance cleanly!  It’s so encouraging and inspiring.

    I have two WIPs right now, but the second one has more romance.  Here’s #1’s synopsis, As Dark As Mist and Shadow:

    Seia has lived in isolation her whole life. With an abusive mother, few friends, and no prospects, there is only one thing keeping Seia from running away: her sister, Sadana. Seia’s only wish is to escape with Sadana and find a new life of peace and safety in a far off land. But then the unthinkable happens: Sadana is engaged to one of the most powerful and dangerous men in the empire. Thrown into a world of adventure, Seia must navigate her way through new friendships, danger, mystery, and romance, all to save her sister before it is too late…

    I want to make Seia and her love interest, Matias, go from enemies > friends > lovers.  (i looove that soooooo much ❤)  How is your romance set up? (e.g. love at first sight, friends > lovers)

    Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.

    #125407
    Erynne
    @erynne

    @writergirl101

    I’m kind of hoping that this one gets people to cry. That’s sounds absolutely awful, but I LOVE the stories that make me cry and if I can get other people to cry over my stories it means I’m not doing to bad as a writer. 😁 So it all makes sense if you think about it through my prospective.

    I totally agree with you on your views of Christian romance. I really appreciate it when the writer keeps it clean. That’s probably why I like The Witch of Blackbird Pond so much.

    Your story sounds super cool!!! And yes, I love romances that go like that as well 🙂 I haven’t really thought about how my romance will be set up… They will definitely be friends maybe quite not love at first sight but maybe he kinda has a crush on her. So it would be friends>crush>lovers.

    Another thing that will probably be hard is not too much flirting. I’m not saying that there won’t be any flirting, but staying away from that excessive/awkward flirting, is really important to me.

    (Totally off subject here, but did you see your castle painting? I haven’t checked lately, but I don’t think I saw a response from you)

    "There are no mistakes, only happy accidents."
    -Bob Ross

    #125590
    Emberynus The Dragonslayer
    @emberynus-the-dragonslayer

    @erynne

    hey. Sorry I’m jumping in her late.

    I echo a lot of what @writergirl101 said.

    Clean romance is very very important to me, and as a writer of YA and adult Romance I know that sometimes that gets very difficult. Good ways to regulate your romance could be to have a family member read it for you. If that’s not an option for you, then maybe a close friend that you trust and you know will have a good perspective on the subject. Another way would be to think if the Lord were in the room with you, would you be comfortable letting him read your story or would you be ashamed of what you wrote.

    Just a thought. 🙂 Hope that helps

     

    Sold souls and dead promises

    #125592
    Erynne
    @erynne

    @emberynus-the-dragonslayer

    Thank you for the tips!! They are very helpful 🙂

    I’ve had to stop reading a few books over the romance in it, and it really upsets me that that is even necessary.

    What is your romance story about?

    "There are no mistakes, only happy accidents."
    -Bob Ross

    #125593
    Emberynus The Dragonslayer
    @emberynus-the-dragonslayer

    @erynne

    You’re welcome for the tips. 🙂

    I actually have several different romances going rn. LOL 😆

    Sold souls and dead promises

    #125594
    Ella
    @writergirl101

    @erynne

    Thanks!  Hmmm, I thought I responded on your art thread…  probably me being scatter-brained… again. 😊  I LOVED it though!!  I thought you did an amazing job, especially with the ocean ❤

    So it all makes sense if you think about it through my prospective.

    Oh yes, of course!!  I completely get it!!!

    friends>crush>lovers.

    Ooo, I love that one too!!!  So sweet. 🥰

    I’m not saying that there won’t be any flirting, but staying away from that excessive/awkward flirting, is really important to me.

    Yep.  That stuff gets super annoying.  And VERY cringy. 😖

    Anyways, hope you’re doing well.  Byyeee!!!

    -ELLA

    Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.

    #125697
    Zee
    @zee

    @erynne, it sounds like you have the bones of a fascinating story here–however, if your heroine dies before she gets married, I wonder why there’s a strong romance element in the plot at all. It sounds like the main story is really more of a family drama-type story, where the heroine has to come to terms with what she (accidentally) did to her newborn nephew and become reconciled to her sister and brother-in-law.

    If you feel uncomfortable writing scenes of people expressing romantic love for each other, whether verbally or physically, I wonder if you might not be able to dial back the budding relationship to the point where it’s still really just a friendship that’s only beginning to move into romance territory–and then she dies.

    #125698
    Erynne
    @erynne

    <p style=”text-align: left;”>@zee</p>
    Thanks for your opinion!

    When I first came up with the idea for this story, I had no intensions for it to have any romance in it, then as I got more detailed with the plot the romance just kind of slipped in. If that makes sense.

    I will definitely consider your suggestions, but I feel I were reading a book and the heroine died before the romance went anywhere, I would be more disappointed rather then the other way around. (Because I love romances XD)

    I really appreciate you getting back to me! I’d love to hear the plot of your romance 😉

    "There are no mistakes, only happy accidents."
    -Bob Ross

    #125728
    Zee
    @zee

    Well, @erynne, if your heroine dies, the romance certainly won’t go anywhere. While I can see how you could find some resolution to the other elements of your story, and still have her die at the end, but a romance aborted just before it gets off the ground would be even more disappointing (to me) than one that never really got started at all.

    My work in progress is the continuation of the love story of two characters who got together in a previous book. Now they’re married, she’s pregnant, and things aren’t going very well. As a matter of fact, I’m looking for early/beta readers for it, so if you’re interested, please let me know!

    #125730
    Erynne
    @erynne

    Thanks for your opinion @zee! I will definitely take it into consideration.

    "There are no mistakes, only happy accidents."
    -Bob Ross

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