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Loucinda McGary presents: The Basic Ingredients – The 4 elements you need in addition to the HEA to write good romance.
Posted By Jennifer Tanner On February 19, 2014 @ 12:22 am In Conflict,Plot/Structure,Romance University,Weekly Lecture Schedule | 14 Comments
Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’ Diary are two romances set in different time periods with heroines who are polar opposites. But like all romances, they share the same basic components. Author Loucinda McGary discusses the four necessary elements of writing romance. Leave a comment to enter the drawing for one of Loucinda’s ebooks.
Welcome back, Loucinda!
Thanks to Jennifer and everyone here at Romance U for inviting me to blog today. I always love to hang out here and talk about writing.
As the saying goes, “You have to break eggs to make a cake” and the same is true with writing a romance novel. Just like you wouldn’t try to cook a new dish without some kind of recipe, you need a guide when you sit down to write a book.
No matter what sub-genre, the framework for all romances is the same:
Clearly this framework can accommodate an almost infinite number of variations, even in the happy ending. HEA does not always equal marriage. However, there does need to be an indication that the hero and heroine will be together after the story ends (Happily for Now).
So what else besides the HEA do romance novels need? I think there are four other basic ingredients:
So now you have your formula and your basic ingredients. Time to break some eggs and start cooking – I mean writing!
Thank you again for hosting me today! I’d like to give two free electronic copies of one of my romantic suspense novels, High Seas Deception, His Reluctant Bodyguard, or Dead Girl in a Green Dress to randomly chosen commenters.
What other factors are necessary to write an engaging story?
Please join us on Friday, February 21st, when historical fiction author Jennifer Robson talks about how the Internet has transformed her research methods.
Bio: A Golden Heart finalist, Loucinda McGary is the author of three contemporary romantic suspense novels, The Wild Sight, The Treasures of Venice and The Wild Irish Sea. Her later books, The Sidhe Prince, High Seas Deception, His Reluctant Bodyguard, and Dead Girl in a Green Dress are available on Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes and Noble.
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