Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ingriedients for Writing a Great Historical Romance

Ingredients (all are required— you may substitute or double as needed):

1 Gutsy Author to Weave a Great Tale

1 Damsel in Distress

1 Hauntingly Handsome Hero

1 Vicious Villain

1 History of Mystery with good Research

1 or 2 Major Obstacles (and/or a major emotional issue for the H/h to overcome)

1 Sexual Scenario

1 Black Moment

1 Turning Point (Be careful to avoid Slippery Slopes)

1 Rejoice Worthy Revelation

1 Happily Ever After Ending


Take 1 Damsel in Distress with a history of mystery and mix slowly with 1 Hauntingly Handsome Hero.  Add 1 Vicious Villain (measure carefully to avoid bitter taste).  Toss in 1 or 2 Major Obstacles that will leave your readers craving more!

Sneak in at least 1 Sexual Scenario to spice things up a bit (repeat as needed).   Use caution when adding your Black Moment, because it may ruin your dish if not served up properly.  Sift in 1 major Turning Point and then top with a generous portion of Rejoice Worthy Revelation.  Enjoy giving them a happily ever after.

Bake 3 to 6 months.


1 Entertaining Historical Romance which feeds your readers’ soul, tantilizes their imaginations, leaves them begging for another taste and brings you many sales and awards!

I’ve found that this recipe works every time.  Any way you slice it, remember that the success of your story will depend on intriguing characters and a solid, fresh concept filled plot.

Until next time happy reading and writing!

Mary McCall, www.marymccall.net


Big Mike said...

You missed an ingredient. Sprinkle with several "I hate you/I love you, I hate you/I love you" confrontations (g).

Michael Davis (Davisstories.com)
Author of the Year (2008 and 2009)
Award of Excellence (2012)

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

I like that recipe, and you're wise not do an automatic HEA.

I like an "everything is going to work out" approach and give the characters the skills and sense of responsibility for doing it. That way the readers will remember them and even worry about them like an extended family or series of friends.