This week: The Romance Years LaterEdited by: Dawn Embers
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Romance/Love Newsletter by Dawn
A look at romances later in the relationship with couples that have been together for a while instead of seeing how things got started. Beyond falling in love.
Relationships have a lot of potential to create stories. Many stories are about how they begin, when the characters meet and the falling in love. However, the end isn't always the end for the characters. Sometimes we are left wondering what happens later. Can the romance last? What happens later on in their life? This can work in both a short story, novels and in particular series.
Even if there isn't that first meeting and initial question of will they get together, the later in the relationship story still has potential for conflict. Some options:
Years without getting married
Not everyone is interested in the concept of marriage and some take time before they decide it's an action they want to take within their relationship. My stepsister and her now husband were together for years before getting engaged. For a couple years people were asking them when it would happen. Other people can have certain expectations and influences, creating situations that can cause conflict for the couple, thus making a story that others might want to read. And there are also things one of the characters might say or do, mistakes made and the big one: miscommunication. Many stories in the genre are built on problems in communicating.
The Married Couple
Even after the ceremony, which has its own story potential, there is plenty of room for romance and love. When couples are together for a long time, things are going to happen and they won't always see things eye to eye. And some just have that sort of dynamic. There can be tension/problems throughout a relationship and things can still work out in the long run. So, don't forget that just because a couple of characters are married and been together for years, that doesn't mean there isn't potential for stories to be told.
Overall, this is a quick look but there is plenty more one can discuss with relationships. It's not always the start, the puppy love, the honeymoon, though they all have potential for creating fiction or nonfiction items. Whatever characters come, there is a place to tell that story here on WDC. Get writing!
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