Most writers are gifted in certain areas, while others like to take a dab at a few to see where their strengths truly lay. Now one of my favorite type of books to read are Romantic comedies. And if the book has paranormal elements its even better! Yes yes, I know...I like the paranormal. lol.
Now when writing a romance, first and foremost, you're writing a romance. So you have to identify with your heroine and of course love your hero. The forces of attraction have got to work for your duo in order to bring them together so they are convincingly motiviated to do what they do but it must be funny.
Now there are a couple things to remember when writing romance (this isn't a full list but a good start):
1. The element of surprise. There is nothing better than getting a laugh when you can comically reverse the points of day to day things and moments. The best example of this "The Sweetest Thing" there is a scene when the two best friend do a montage of all the movies. Now this we can laugh at because we have been there with our own friends doing silly and memorable things.
2. When we recognize a moment as true, as in a moment or experience we tend to laugh. Comedians are the pros at this. They can take a true situation and make it funny by bringing to light things that make us wonder. Even just things in life can be taken to a funny note. George Carlin was the master at this. One of his best lines that I heard was "Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?"
So why comedy with romance? Because its helps us not only to see the comedy in our lives but comedy inside of romance helps us to laugh at ourselves. Falling in love is a huge ordeal but when you have funny moments in a relationship it makes the little things even funnier. When haven't we had moments where we've laughed so hard with our significant other that we have thought it came out of a movie. I'm sure quite a few. We do a great deal to impress the other sex.
And just to prove it, I'll share an experience.
My boyfriend knows that I do some pretty strange things that are humorous. One of the best examples was when I planned a romantic evening for us. There I am posing like one of the Victoria's Secret models, and thinking about the planned move of getting off the bed and seductively walking over to him. I was out to bewilder. I was out to seduce. To make this man beg.
Well it didn't work out that way.
As I moved in the planned motion, I manage to get my feet tangled in the bed, so the sheets were wrapped tight around my ankles and I rolled out off the bed and landed on the floor with my feet sticking straight up in the air. I laughed so hard I started getting the hiccups. So as I'm laying there laughing, my boyfriend asks what I was doing, and I say with more laughter, "Trying out the art of seduction, but I think I'll need advisory signs next time."
So don't be afraid to mix some comedy with your romance. Using your experiences will add more life to your book and bring your readers the intricate details that makes them memorable.
Catch you soon.
Same Bat Time
Same Bat Channel.