I like to think of myself asÂ a pretty good person. I follow most rules. (Except that dumb one about speeding.) Maybe this is why I’m struggling with my latest Work in Progress.Â There are some rules, whether written or just understood, about romance novels. Must have the relationship as the main component to the plot (obviously). Must be written in the heroine’s point of view for the most part. (I like a 60% 40% relationship myself.) Must have a happily ever after(HEA). (Some publishers are happy with a HFN-Happy for now though) Main characters must be introduced within the first two chapters.
This is where I’m struggling with my work in progress. I just started chapter three, and am only now introducing my hero. Will readers put my book down at the end of chapter two, disgusted because they haven’t met Fabio? Should I care about the rules? Aren’t they tried and true, tested on millions of readers? Should one romance author from Little Town Wyoming really be the one to buck the system? What if I just go all out and make my hero into a pot-bellied homeless man who is ugly as sin?
I’ll just keep writing. If it gets rejected for publishing, then I guess we’ll know for sure. I’ll keep you updated.
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You have just written an almost identical to my own thoughts post. I had this same issue with my Roman god Regency. We see the heroine’s life and struggles up until mid chapter 3 when finally tragedy ensues and she meets the hero. I have always wondered if it would be set aside by readers simply because it took a bit of time to get Mercury into the story. Same with my newest sub to LSB it takes about three chapters before the first sensual scene, there isn’t even a kiss before it either and I worried myself over it for weeks finally deciding to send it and see what comes of it.
This is not a boring post at all Alanna. I can surely relate and am glad someone else thinks about it too.
Don’t know about the pot bellied hero though. I sorta like your hotties. Specially without a shirt.
Haha, yes, there is really no way I can write about someone I wouldn’t fall for in real life. I can’t even picture a cover with the potbellied guy on the front, scratching his holey tee shirted navel. Some of the rules I don’t mind following at all 🙂