Romance Writers

Hangs head, “Sorry, maybe this isn’t a romance.”

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    Laur_M
    @laur_m

      Around and around we go.

      As I have been outlining and analyzing my story, I, along with some brainstorming with my spouse, have a strong suspicion we are not dealing with a romance here. I am of a mind now this story is a whodunit/whydunit. There is romance but it is not the driving force of the novel.

      I’ll stick around and maybe share, if you are interested, the romantic aspects of the story, but in studying the structure of the story, it’s not a romance.

      Until this evening I thought there was a relationship moving my hero along, but it is not the relationship. It’s the mysterious crises.

      Are we having fun or what?!!!

       

      #121060
      Zee
      @zee

        @laur_m, sounds to me like you’re not moving around in circles, but in the right direction! I had a similar issue with the first novel I tried to write (which ended up being scrapped for parts) I wanted it to be an adventure story, but it ended up a romance. Sometimes, a story can go a lot of ways, but there’s often only one best way, and it’s very satisfying when you find it.

        #121063
        Laur_M
        @laur_m

          @zee Since I wrote the above blather  I have circled back around to being a  romance again. (Actually, I tried to delete the previous post. You weren’t supposed to see it. It was resurrected somehow. There’s a story for ya, the discussion post that wouldn’t stay dead. Zombie Post)

          Saturday I drove to the town in which my story is set, hung around for a while, talked to some people, and took some pictures.

          On my way home, while driving, I thought about connecting with a couple Catholics I knew in high school to get their take on what it was like growing up as a Catholic in our area, specifically on a farm.

          I started to send a message to a couple of them through Facebook, but then I chickened out. I guess I did not want to advertise to them I was going to try to write 50K words next month. They already think I’m crazy.

          Maybe I’ll call one of them instead. I can feel them out if I call them, without blurting right out what I’m up to.

          Folks over in the NaNoWriMo forums encouraged me to make the call. They, the folks in the forum, thought the  insight (they said) my high school friends would give me could be invaluable. I probably will call at least one of those folks from high school.

          My characters will have lived on a farm up to maybe 7 to 10 years ago (current time). They are living in a nearby town, after college, two sisters, one year apart. I’m not sure what I need to know. Unlike many Catholic families, this family is only 3 kids, two sisters, around 25 and 26 and a little brother, about 12. It’s not a huge Catholic family, like many.

          One thing I can think of is maybe the conflicts involved in getting everyone to mass when the chores may conflict with mass time.

          My story looks like it will revolve around relationships, but it might not follow a strict romance genre.

          5 days to go after today, then BOOM 50,000 words in a month. Luckily we gain an hour on November 1.

          • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by Laur_M. Reason: clarify the "them"s and the "they"s
          #121081
          Zee
          @zee

            Well, good luck, then. Romance or not, I’m sure it will be a good story either way.

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