20th October 2018 at 5:33 pm #62021
Hey guys, I’m new to this and am about to embark on my first novel. My current problem is a big one, I’m struggling to come-up with a plot pitch/idea! I want to write a novel in the romance genre, preferably something uplifting and feel-good, but I’m struggling to come up with something original that isn’t so ‘out there’ that it ends up another genre altogether! Any inspiration/advice would be greatly appreciated!
21st October 2018 at 11:38 am #62059
I find stories and characters have an annoying habit of going off on a tangent and doing whatever they want, no matter what you’ve got planned for them. So rather than worrying about sticking to your genre, I’d suggest just sitting down and writing. It will be fun to see where it goes.
I’ve read that lots of writers simply start with a character, in a situation and then spin the story out from that. Stephen King uses this method. For example, with Misery, he had the idea of his main character, a writer, being kidnapped by his biggest fan. He then wrote to see where the story took him.
If you think about romance, you’ve got films like ‘Dirty Dancing’, where a school girl finds herself at a holiday camp amid a group of dancers, or Notting Hill, where the main character walks into a famous actress. If you can come up with that unusual starting point/situation, you can build outwards.
If you want a bit of guidance on structure and the important elements that a book needs to include, I found ‘Take off Your Pants’ by Libbie Hawker to be an easy read with loads of good pointers.
The most important thing though is to actually start writing, because that’s the only way you’ll end up with a book.
21st October 2018 at 1:18 pm #62079
I agree with Kate.
As a pantser myself, I find that starting with the very bare bones works best for me.
Story-wise, romances are generally pretty much the same. X meets Y. Something threatens the relationship. They overcome the problem and live happily ever after (in a feel-good romance) or don’t (in a tragic romance). So the differences seem to me to be really all in the setting, character types, historical period etc etc.
If you are coming up with a lot of “out there” ideas, why not write those and see where they take you?
5th December 2018 at 3:02 pm #71242
I’ve heard that the best stories come from trying to purge a ghost haunting your psyche. Take something uncomfortable from within yourself and try to build a story around it. Have you had any romantic episodes that you wish had ended up differently? Has your heart ever been broken, or had a near miss? Did you ever admire anybody from a distance but felt it was fated never to be?
Put one of those into a story, but add the bit that could have changed everything forever. It’s sad but true that the more RL suffering you can inject into a novel the better it will be. (“at least I think it’s sad, and I’m assured that it’s true” – Douglas Adams).
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