Hey guys, so today I am going to be telling you nine essential romance story elements your story must-have, whether flash fiction, short stories, novellas and novels. Whatever romance piece you have in mind should have these nine key ingredients. So, let’s get right into it.
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So first of;
- You need to choose your Romance Subgenre; This is essential amongst other romance story elements when writing your story. Now Subgenre is simply a subcategory within a particular genre. There are several romance subgenres, here is a list of some subgenres you might consider getting into;
- Inspirational/Faith-Based Romance.
- Contemporary Romance
- Science Fiction
- Urban Fantasy Romance.
- Young Adult/New Adult.
- paranormal romance.
- Romantic Comedy.
- Romantic Suspense
2. Secondly, choose your Romance Trope.
A lot of people confuse subgenres with tropes. A Trope is simply a literary device used to bring two love interests or characters together for love to occur. There should be a reason that your hero and heroine should get together or cross paths.
Why A Tropes Is A Great Romance Story Element
- It’s a great way to get new readers who love certain tropes.
- It helps to describe your story effortlessly.
- Tropes are more commercially viable in the market which will convert to money(🙄Don’t we all want that?) which will, in turn, expand your author’s career.
Here are a few tropes you can give a try for your story.
- Friends to Lovers.
- Enemies to Lovers.
- Opposite Attract.
- Fake Fiance/Marriage.
- Mistaken Identity.
- Undercover Identity.
- Best friends Sibling.
- Wrong side of The Tracks Love.
3.Thirdly, you must cast your CHARACTERS;
You have to build your characters for your story, specifically your heroes and other supporting characters, start thinking about your character’s personality and build. For more on developing characters read this.
4. Next,choose a location;
Your location is the setting where your characters are going to hang out, live, favourite cafe, restaurant, school, workplace, shopping mall, church, part of town and so on.
5. Physical Glue;
The physical glue is what keeps your love interest physically together. There should be a situation or reason to be close as this will help them fall in love.
Conflict is a block or barrier that prevents their romance from sizzling and blossoming. Conflict is what drives your main characters apart. It is more of an emotional thing than physical.
7. Relationship Milestone;
These are specific points or situation that prompts your story to advance. These points are essential milestones that lead the characters to move from one stage to another, such as when they like each other to when they fall in love.
The heat level is the amount of sensuality included in your story. It is a scale used to rate the sensuality of your work. Heat levels help to brand you as an author and create a perfect author platform. It also helps in designing your book cover design.
Examples Of Heat Levels Are;
HEA means Happily Ever After, while HFN means Happily For Now.HEA simply means your love interest end up happily together. And, HFN simply means all issues are resolved, and they are happy at the point they are.
If you give all these elements a trial, you will have a good romance story on the way. Hit the ground running😉. Good Luck
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