Tips For Writing Romance Stories

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As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, my mind turns to romance stories in the “Friend”.

Of course, romance doesn’t only have to appear in and around February 14, but Valentine’s Day stories can be a good starting point if you are looking for a way into the genre.

Tips for writing romance

One of the benefits of writing around an event such as Valentine’s Day is that the subject matter is already there — in this case, a celebration of love.

But writing a “Friend” story doesn’t have to be all roses and candlelight. It could be a funny account of a mismatched romance, or a more poignant tale of remembering a past love.

Whether it’s a historical or contemporary romance, the “heart” of the matter is about capturing characters’ feelings on the page.

You can shower your character’s love interest with flowers and chocolates throughout a story, but it’s their feelings that will make the biggest impression.

Storyline: Add a different point of view

While romance is prevalent in many of our short stories and serials, it’s often tied in with another storyline.

Writing about a couple falling in love and then getting married doesn’t necessarily constitute good storytelling. But having that same couple question their love because of some outside action brings another dimension to the plot.

A romance that is challenged could be richer and more appealing to the reader.

Story Starters: Writing romance

If you need a little extra inspiration, why not take a look at our story starter ideas? They might just give you an angle for your next short story.

For more writing advice from the “Friend”, take a look at our Writing Tools section and our latest Fiction Guidelines.

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Alan Spink

Alan is a member of the “Friend” Fiction Team. He enjoys working closely with writers and being part of the creative process, which sees storytelling ideas come to fruition. A keen reader, he also writes fiction and enjoys watching football and movies in his spare time. His one tip to new writers is “write from your imagination”.