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I have seen a few conversations regarding this subject. Everyone has storylines they’d like to see more—or less—of. I’m no exception, but I also think that there is enough room for everyone, and everything.
I am certain that no story is ever overdone.
Romance and happy endings—the scarier the world gets, the more we need them. Not because everyone wants their romantic conclusion exactly the same way it’s written in a novel. Happy endings, like other story elements, can be a metaphor, for overcoming obstacles, for finding a solution against the odds.
Then, there’s the coming out story. I can understand every reader (or viewer of TV and movies for that matter) who would like to move above, start with the characters at a place where they are already comfortable, perhaps in a long-term relationship, or single. But one doesn’t have to negate the other, and in my opinion, we need more of everything. Coming out stories, too, because they should be available to everyone for whom it’s not yet safe to be who they are.
Another storyline that often seems to be on the chopping block is the kind where characters start a relationship quickly.
I’ve done this with Lauren and Summer in my erotic romance Open Spaces, because this storyline fits them. Coming out is not the main issue. Previous relationships aren’t an issue. It is the story for this particular couple, and their lesson is not to let outside forces interfere with what they know to be true, what they want.
As the writer, you have to make these decisions too. Sometimes, what you feel is best for your imaginary friends—what they tell you is best—overlaps with trends, sales prospects and majority opinions. Sometimes it doesn’t. You will move forward one way or another.
It helps to be aware of the conversations in your community and genre in order to manage your expectations and plans for the future—and don’t worry, there is always room for surprise.
Passionate conversations are a part of our community. Not everybody is the same—hopes and dreams and real lives we’d like to see reflected in fiction, differ. The more variety there is on various levels, the better in my opinion, because even those “overdone and unrealistic” storylines can differ a great deal. They can hit the spot or even be somewhat irritating at the right (or in that case, wrong) moment, but usually they mean a writer followed one of the primary guidelines: Write what you want to read.
Opinions differ, and that’s a good thing, isn’t it? Happy reading!
Open Spaces is out now. Check it out!
A chance encounter and instant attraction: For one night, it doesn’t matter that Lauren and Summer lead different lives, with different obligations and dreams. The morning after and the following weeks leave them with many questions. Could there be a chance for something beyond the obvious connection and chemistry, and how much compromise is involved? Lauren and Summer must find the answers together, as they navigate this new relationship.