22nd October 2018 at 12:16 pm #62188
I’ve been reading and reading and searching for an idea for a genre romance. I have a bare-bones elevator pitch and would be so grateful for your feedback. Could this be a good basis for a romance novel? How can I add a ‘rogue’ element? I’d be particularly grateful to hear from those of you who write for this genre, as I understand there are specific conventions/ tropes/ structure that romance reader like. Thank you in advance, and here goes (I have kept it as brief as possible, I felt like I wanted to add something about white-lies but have deliberately kept it out for brevity, but please let me know if you’d like me to expand on what I have so far):
Laura pretends she is a married mother in order to bond with single-dad business tycoon and save her business from being shut-down, but she didn’t plan on falling in love.
22nd October 2018 at 12:22 pm #62189
Hi there, that sounds terrific, it already has the conflict element in it to make for an interesting romance. What almost all novels are really about are characters, their relationships, their problems and how they overcome them.
For some good advice on ‘how to’ I really like the Snowflake method by Randy Ingermanson, it helped me a lot on structure.
22nd October 2018 at 1:31 pm #62200
Certainly sounds like a good starting point to me. Lots of room to bring in different ideas, conflict etc. As for a ‘rogue’ element, perhaps an ex on one side or the other getting involved, but I’m not a romance writer and don’t read the genre much either so can’t promise my ideas are the best! I often like to get writing and see what pops up. My plot usually changes as I go and characters wander in from nowhere. Good luck.
22nd October 2018 at 3:26 pm #62239
Thank you so much for the encouraging comments and feedback!
Karen I’ll read that book, thank you for the recommendation!!
kdunnet1987 thank you for your comment and ideas, it sounds fun having characters ‘appear’ along the way!
BellaM thank you! The blackmail idea is really interesting, I’m going to ponder that!
Is it ok to ask for suggestions? If not, please ignore the following: I’m struggling to work-out what the business-connection would be. I’m going to have Laura work/own/co-own a boutique/cafe that is connected to her family in some way, so she is invested in the property and in preventing its demise. But I need a male protagonist who has some involvement in the potential shut-down of her business, but also the potential that he might save it. He’s a single-father, so I’m thinking along the lines of his wanting to create something family-orientated, and Laura could use her false ‘mum-status’ to work with him on this. I know nothing about business, so am stuck on this! Any suggestions/advice would be very thankfully received!
22nd October 2018 at 2:05 pm #62215
Fabulous idea. Maybe the title could be “White Lies”?
Not sure you need a rogue idea for this to have legs, but there’s many ways you could go. Laura’s not even a mum and “borrows” her niece. Her sister blackmails her when she finds out what’s going on. Or a colleague of the tycoon, who has eyes for him, finds out about Laura and blackmails her.
22nd October 2018 at 10:16 pm #62273
Nice idea, it does remind me a little of About A Boy by Nick Hornby. It’s about a very shallow man who pretends to be a single dad to date a single mum. You may know the film with Hugh Grant.
Of course the lie’s for a completely different reason and it’s very difficult to be completely original these days. So give it a go!
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