I’ll admit it.  I’ve been putting this genre off for a while now.  See, I blush quite easily.  And I really don’t want to stumble upon something that is going to make me uncomfortable.  So I tend to avoid this genre.  (Despite the fact that the first short story I wrote and the first novel I wrote are both romances.)

This is a short post today though.  Romance can be done in so many different genres that I’m pretty sure I’ve touched on some already and will address more in the future.

Romance
n. a book or movie dealing with love in a sentimental or idealized way

Now, I’m not saying I agree with this definition.  This is just the one pulled from my dictionary application on my computer.

Characteristics

  • Primary, central focus start to finish is on the development of the romantic relationship
  • HEA is usually a must, at least an optimistic ending (but the type of HEA can vary and isn’t even essential sometimes)
  • Types
    • Category
      • Shorter, roughly 200 pages or less
      • According to some sources, has a very short shelf life in bookstores
    • Single title
      • Longer, 350-400 pages (rough guideline)
      • Aren’t necessarily stand-alone titles, they can be part of series

There are many categories, like historical, contemporary, science fiction, etc.

Further reading

RWA definition of romance
Reader’s Guide to Romance

Tips for writing it (and if you’re not following Roni’s blog, I suggest you do.  I’ll wait while you go over there.)

Don’t be corny or porn-y
Amping up sexual tension

What is your favorite type of romance?  Any squeaky clean recs for me?  Who’s your favorite author?

Side note, are you still enjoying these posts?