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Old 01-16-2013, 12:22 AM   #1
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How to write a rom com short story?

I'm doing my friend a favour and writing a short story for her e-zine because the person who was supposed to write it has let her down. Problem is, it's rom com and I don't writ rom com, I write more 'book club' women's fiction. I know the simple answer is: don't write it. But she's my friend and I promised.

I read some rom com a long time back (Bridget Jones's Diary etc) but been a while. Anyone got any tips? Does it have to be a laugh-a-minute or can it be a bit serious sometimes? Her e-zine's aimed at women over 30 - is it okay if the story is about a married couple or am I best sticking to a single woman, newly divorced or something?

Any tips welcome!
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:30 AM   #2
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Trixie,

Grab a copy or two of your friend's e-zine and read some stories. Then you will be able to see what they want. You could always ask your friend too.
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This is the first time they've run a short story, it's a new section! Usually they do reviews and so on, and they promised this would be a new series in the last issue. I did ask my friend and she sent me a link to Sophie Kinsella and Katie Fforde books, arghhhhh! Don't wanna bother her again as she's uber busy.
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:22 AM   #4
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:54 AM   #5
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... believe I've cracked the code.
rom com = romantic comedy

what I'd do is write the story
and then look for ways to funny it up
doesn't have to be anything radical
just something here and there would be fine
and if that doesn't work then hey, it doesn't work
your pal will probably be okay with your story anyway
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Have a girl wake up in a ditch with a stranger. Two weeks later she discovers she's pregnant. She has to work backwards to find the stranger, to figure out what happened, how she got in the ditch, what happened the night before, etc. It's a comedy-mystery-romance!

I've often wanted to write one of these, btw.
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I'm a big fan of Sophie Kinsella so if that's what they are looking for, I would say it should contain a good amount of jokes but definitely can have serious moments as well. An interesting MC is definitely key.

As for the age thing, most of her books involve women who are single initially but Becky Brandon, the MC of the Shopaholic series, has been married for the last couple of books.
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in the span of one short story, you probably don't have the word-count space to tell the whole tale of meeting, falling in love, etc. Start with a couple already together, have them fight about something then make up, etc. Short stories have a narrower focus than novels.
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