About Romantic Short Stories
When you think of romance, do you imagine an engagement ring under a tree with the one you love and a romantic evening by the lake? Or do you think of pages of poetry trying to define a flower, a rose and a hope? Maybe you imagine the unknown romance in between two people who have lost their sense of wonder and are destined to spend the rest of their lives together. All of these things are romantic; none are true romance. The romantic short story is all about love. Romantic in the sense that there must be a reason for love. So very wrong and so vague. If it's a love story, it is about the characters and the plot. Right? Well, maybe it is, but there are several other factors to consider when writing a romantic short story. I'll give you four more tips. Think about your personality traits. Everyone has different personalities and a romantic fiction genre is supposed to depict the best of those qualities. Think about how you feel about yourself. Do you like to feel beautiful? Maybe you should write about a beautiful person and how that person can touch your heart. Write about something that you know and enjoy. I've known people whose favorite thing to read is books by the beach. That's fine, but when writing romance short stories, try to relate to what you know. Is it a cabin in the woods or is it someone walking along a beautiful shore? Whatever it is, make it what makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Use the romance genre to expand your world. Romance has been used to tell tales for thousands of years. Now you can put those tales into a nutshell, sell them and have a great time doing so. There are some genres that do better in book format than others. It might take a bit of creativity to figure out which genre will be best for your story. Try not to limit yourself to one love story genre or another. It would be hard to write a romance short story about two college seniors who just started dating. But maybe you want to write about a couple going on a hike.
Do's and Dont's
Don't write about a happily ever after when they're taken back to their everyday life, write about what they did together during the time they were together. You don't have to limit yourself to the age of your characters either. If you're writing a love story, let your characters be young and beautiful or old and gray. They don't have to be exactly 20,000 words. The only rule I have on this is that the characters in your romance short story need to be someone you care about. Don't put anybody in this story who isn't completely and entirely loveable. My next suggestion is for you to imagine you are a writer. What would Harry Potter be like if you write it as yourself? What would Mary Janice's character be like if she was a cabin of Lovecraft? How would you describe the noises made by a drone aircraft in flight? What would actually go on in a hermit cabin of love?When you consider how you want your story to unfold, you have to take into account the setting. Think about a city of giants and elves, a mining village undersea, or even a cabin in the middle of the Mississippi river.
here are all kinds of places that could make for romantic settings, and the sky really is the limit. When you're working with a limited number of words, it's very easy to pick a location that doesn't fit the story at all. Take a few moments to look at some fairy tales or nature books to get some inspiration. Maybe you can turn some of the scenes around to fit better with your story. A hermit crab named Rhapsody may live in a large underwater cave, where his cave home is called the hive. He is a very lonely being, always searching for a mate. One day he finds himself alone in the cave, so he builds a makeshift home for himself out of pieces of driftwood and fish netting. In return for providing shelter and a place to sleep, Rhapsody receives gifts from a wide variety of characters including a rolling suitcase, a sleeping bag, and even a t-shirt. The next morning, Rhapsody awakens from a terrible dream in which he races down the river toward civilization, only to find that the town below is in ruin. On his way, he spots a figure on the shore, an older man in a neat white suit who is carrying a sleeping bag and t-shirt. This man, nicknamed "Tiffany," takes Rhapsody to meet Miss Mary, whom he met while working in a lighthouse on her last night of vacation. After spending several charming hours together, both of them fall in love and become lovers, although neither ever expects to land a date with the robot who sits by them in the cabin.