Thursday, June 30, 2011

So . . . You Wanna Write a Romance

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty, please pardon the cliché,
but in this instance, it’s true. No four letter words, no tumbles
under the covers. Just real down-to-earth romance.
What better place to start than An Affair to Remember.
So, do you remember?

Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, both running from love. Where?
Straight into each others’ arms. With a fiancée at home,
Cary Grant realizes there has to be more to life. With a
fiancé waiting for her, Deborah Kerr asks herself, is this all there is?

When they meet on a luxury ship headed for New York, they discover
each other but do their best to deny feelings which will disrupt more
lives than merely their own. Will they still care in six months or are
their emotions steering them? Plans formulate to meet at the top of
Empire State Building in half a year if they have the same intense feelings,
but one of them doesn’t show.

Formulaic romance? Sure. But what challenges face them throughout the
two hours of sheer pleasure! Each one with a love back home. A promise
to meet in six months. An accident that stops all their plans.

Subplots, disaster, thwarted love.

If you want to write a successful romance, first, get a copy of An Affair to Remember. Pop a big bowl of corn and be ready with a very large box of tissues, because this is an affair to remember. And a wonderful lesson in what makes a great romance.
If you write it like this, they will come!

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