How To Write A Romance In Three Easy Steps

First of all, let it be know that I do not read romances.

I skim them. Obviously.

Because I’m embarrassed to admit that I am a granny at heart and am a complete sap for romance, that’s why!

In all honesty, just plain romance is not my thing.

As aforementioned, I am a complete sap for romance. But I like it on the side.

Action… with a side of romance.

Dystopian… with a side of romance.

Fantasy… with a side of romance.

History… with a side of romance.

Mystery… with a side of romance.

Romance is great and all, but I need something else to be going on as well.

Recently, however, I have allowed myself to skim some just plain romances, and, armed with all this newly acquired knowledge, I thought to share my observations, namely: the building blocks of every great romance.

Step 1: Choose Your Heroine

The story will almost always center around the woman, because the intended audience of a romance is usually female.

You have exactly two options because attractive women come in exactly two embodiments: short, petite, and cute – typically these women will also have a shorter haircut – or tall and leggy, with long, flowing hair.

Step 2: Choose Your Hero

You have literally no options in this department.

He must be: tall, athletic, rugged, and gorgeous.

Apparently leading ladies have selective taste.

Step 3: Choose Your Trope

Some good options are: I’m-trying-to-sell-this-house-and-you-are-a-convenient-handyman, we’re-both-fighting-over-the-custody-of-these-children, or let’s-pretend-to-be-married-even-though-we’re-not.

I’ve also found that if one or both parties falls into a coma or tries to skip town, it builds up the angst nicely.

Whichever trope you choose, whether one of these or something new and dangerous and untried and probably sure to fail because it is not among the prescribed, just make sure that it requires the heroine and hero to be in close proximity for several weeks, if not an entire summer.

Don’t worry about thinking up a good name. Just pick something pretty and entirely unrelated and you are good to go!

Now blend all the ingredients well, and, if you want to go above and beyond, you could throw some good writing into the mix!

Now, please recognize that these are trained professionals.

I’m sure that handymen occasionally turn out to be dangerous creepers. I don’t recommend pretending to be married to someone when you’re not. And personally, I don’t see that it makes a whole lot of sense to fall in love with someone you’re in custody battle with.

Just don’t try it at home, kids!

So, tell me: do you read romance? Or do you, like me, prefer it on the side? Or would you rather romance was left out of the picture entirely (it does get tiresome to feel that romance is just included to garner a female audience. Like, “Here’s this story! Oh, and here’s some romance so the girls will read it, too!” Being pidgeon-holed is rather awkward.)?


5 thoughts on “How To Write A Romance In Three Easy Steps”

  1. One major heaping of Action Adventure with a side of Romance, please.
    I can’t read plain romances, the hero and heroine have to be engaged in world war or something interesting for me to care. xD


      1. Romance is like butter. I love it, but it needs to go on something else, and plain food isn’t as good as food with butter. So, with that, what kind of plot most closely resembles mashed potatoes? xD (Or scones…)


        1. This is a fabulous metaphor. One cannot, after all, eat JUST butter. (Though I used to attempt it as a child…) Mashed potatoes are thick and heavy, so I’d say political intrigue. Unfortunately, politics confuse me. I think my plots need to be waffles…

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          1. And here I was thinking they were a light and fluffy side dish…Very well, political intrigue with a side of romance! This works very well for most of my stories. xD
            (Sometimes I can eat a tiny slice of COLD butter by itself…but it’s best to grab a saltine first.)
            Mmm…Waffles. Crispy, delicate compartments…A distinct social drama, perhaps?


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