Promptly Writing Romances

The question(s) this week: Why do you write romance? What prompted you to write in the romance genre?

“Prompted” is the perfect word.

Actually, never in my life would I have expected to write a romance novel.

Not. Ever.

I don’t know why, since doing soul-searching for this post made me think that, actually, the songs I had written, (and to beat a truly dead horse, won an award for me), were romantic.

However, when the Founding Fox asked me to join the blog I was more than flattered and wanted to jump in, but I nearly didn’t, considering that the banner then described the blog as being written by southern romance writers. Yes, I am actually in Kentucky (and technically born south of the Mason-Dixon Line in Maryland), but I did not a romance writer in any way. My published works had been non-fiction and poetry.

However, I took the plunge and have loved every second here.

I was quite literally prompted into a romantic story when the same Founding Fox posted a photo on another site. I took one look at it and most of a story came to me within twenty seconds; I knew that I would have to write it.

I let everything else get in the way. Frankly, I never thought about writing a full-length book, let alone a romance.

Oh, sure, I had written stories, or started stories, but short ones. This one called for a full-blown novel. (None of those stories had been ‘romances’.)

Then, another (now former) Fox introduced me to a writing challenge, a short one, offered by another friend of hers who needed a prompt. It seemed to be doable: 100 words a day, every day, until there was one last writer standing, (or sitting), and at the end of that rainbow was a simple reward. I figured that I could do 100 words a day to start the story. I needed the prompt and at the time, I really could use the $25.00 Amazon card.

Boy, could I do 100 words! I did 300, sometimes thousands and I was the last one who had not skipped a day. The story took great shape. Characters, I learned, did as they pleased, (or would not do what didn’t please them), and at that point, I knew that I had a novel.

I will get back to that novel. I also have another romance started, one that was prompted by a premise that came to my grandson a few years ago. After he told me the outline he said, “But I don’t know how to write that”. Since he was in his early teens and it involves a married couple, I said, “I will”; I need to finish it.

I have been working on them in my head. I need to finish them ‘on paper’ as it were.

Me, writing romance novels?

Yes, if prompted.


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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7 Responses to Promptly Writing Romances

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    It sounds like you work better with a prompt and/or a challenge. So here you go: Your protagonists clear out all their misunderstandings, vanquish the villain, and live happily ever after. I challenge you to take this prompt and write a minimum of 100 words a day until the hero and heroine are smiling from the cover of their book.

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    serendipity. Don’t you just love it?
    Hope you can carve out the time to finish those projects.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I hope you finish both of your projects. The romance writing community needs you.

    Liked by 1 person

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