As many of you know, I write novellas, which seem to be averaging out at about 35,000 words. Not a long story, but I find it perfect for a nice weekend read or for quick flicks during the week if too busy to find time to really devour a longer novel.
This shorter form of writing suits me perfectly, and it’s one of the reasons I decided I could find a career in writing.
But, having said that, there are draw backs, the quick advancement of character relationships being one of them.
I write romance, which I enjoy very much, I love building up relationships all whilst telling a story about the characters which only helps to encourage the romance on further. It gives me a chance to tell a story in different sub-genres, whilst also adding that love-element, which I just adore and can’t get enough of.
I just never realised how difficult it would be to build up a believable relationship within the shorter word count.
The actual plots to my stories, the conflict and interest, I can resolve in that shorter amount of time and, hopefully, rather well. Yet the romance aspect is a lot harder.
In order for the character’s love to feel solid and well-developed it takes time, as all relationships do. So, how can I achieve this in so short a time?
One thing I discussed on Facebook with winterbayne and Taylor Grace was the time-skip. Skipping over weeks or months and writing about what happened during that time and how the character’s relationship has grown. I think this is a viable option; they do it all the time in tv and movies, why not books?
Another is, ‘instant love’, and I am not quite as much a fan on this. It’s ok when written well, and I am all for love-at-first-sight, just not so much the idea of ripping-each-other’s-clothes-off-at-first-sight. I prefer my romances to have a little build-up.
And then there is the already established relationship. I have this kind in my current novella and my word! Is it ever hard to write.
On first reading the novella, there is already an established relationship between two of my characters, and this is surprisingly hard to make feel real without adding chapters and chapters of back story, which I really don’t want to do. I want the reader to feel for the love between these two characters, but achieving that is a little more difficult than I first thought.
I know there are many more relationship and types of romance then this; these are just the ones I have really thought about in-depth whilst starting my writing path. Seeing as this is an honest blog, I thought I best to be honest about the struggles I have with writing as well as the triumphs.
I guess I will have to look into it further: read some more romance, watch some romantic movies… It’s a tough job all that research 🙂
Have you written a romance? How did you develop your relationship to feel real? Which is your favourite tool for writing romance? Any tips you care to share? 😀
Word Count: 782 (just adding bits now, pretty much everything is down on the page).
Status of Second Manuscript: Writing first draft (So very nearly done!).
February E-Book Review: Writing review.