Teens Can Write Too. My age usually prohibits me, but they were kind enough to let me join the blog chain just this once. If you're your teens (or early 20s) make sure you check them out.
The blog chain topic this month is on romance. Go figure.
What are your thoughts on romance for your typical genre? Do you tend to have a little, a lot, or none at all?
Confession time: I never planned to write books for teens, nor did I intend to write about love as much as I do. I thought I would "outgrow it." At least I hoped I would.
But I'm such a romantic, that I'm 99% sure I couldn't handle writing a book without romance. I'd be bored. And I'm starting to doubt that I could ever write a decent book about adults rather than teens. (Even when I attempt it, my adult character's current problems are heavily rooted in high school experiences.)
Why am I so fascinated by the teen romance? My husband and I met in high school; maybe that has something to do with it? I don't know, but I adore books like This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.
One tip I have for writing romance threads in your story is actually spun from a advice I read in an interview of Amy Sherman-Palladino (creator and head writer for Gilmore Girls).
She said one of the tricks to TV writing is making small events big, but big events small. The way I apply that to the romance storylines in my books is you're never going to find my character's big romantic moments at big events - school dances, Valentine's Day, weddings.
Like in Out with the In Crowd, Connor remembers their 3-month anniversary when Skylar forgets. He takes her out for a romantic date that involves sitting on bleachers in the dead of winter eating sub sandwiches. But their Valentine's Day - where, in desperation, he goes kinda above-and-beyond - is rather hum-drum.
Obviously it can work to have the big moments at big events (Pretty in Pink has done quite well for itself) but I like the inversion of big and small events that Amy Sherman-Palladino suggests.
Interested in knowing what your fellow teen writers think about romance? Find out here:
February 5– http://noveljourneys.
wordpress.com –Novel Journeys
February 6– http://lilyjenness.blogspot.
com –Lily’s Notes in the Margins
February 7– http://kirstenwrites.
wordpress.com –Kirsten Writes!
February 8– http://correctingpenswelcome.
wordpress.com — Comfy Sweaters, Writing and Fish
February 9– http://delorfinde.wordpress.
com –A Farewell to Sanity
February 10– http://thewordasylum.
wordpress.com –The Word Asylum
February 11– http://weirdalocity.wordpress.
com –From My Head
February 12– http://estherstar1996.
wordpress.com –Esther Victoria1996
February 13– http://alohathemuse.wordpress.
com –Embracing Insanity
February 14– http://greatlakessocialist.
wordpress.com –Red Herring Online
February 15– http://goteenwriters.blogspot.
com –Go Teen Writers (Honorary Participant)
February 16– http://insideliamsbrain.
wordpress.com –This Page Intentionally Left Blank
February 17– http://oyeahwrite.wordpress.
com –Oh Yeah, Write!
February 18– http://
incessantdroningofaboredwriter .wordpress.com –The Incessant Droning of a Bored Writer
February 19– http://herestous.wordpress.com –Here’s To Us
February 20– http://teenscanwritetoo.
wordpress.com –Teens Can Write Too! (We will be announcing the topic for next month’s chain)
Tomorrow Rachel Coker will be here with some fabulous insights into life as a published teen writer. And I hope to have up the winner's from last round's contest soon. Also I'm curious, do your books tend to have a little, a lot, or no romance at all?