Do You Know the Difference Between a Romance and a Love Story?

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If you want to write in the romance genre, there’s one thing you need to know for sure – the difference between a love story and a romance.

Both deal in the relationship between two people, but only one has a happy ever after, or the HEA as it is affectionately known as by the romance community.

Books by Nicholas Sparks and JoJo Moyes  – or the movie La La Land – can tend to have a tragedy at the end of the relationship road, or the couple part ways. The happy ever after a romance reader looks for is  between the two main protagonists. So if you are writing a story, and there is a romance thread in there but one of them tragically dies at the end, do yourself a favour and don’t call it a romance because you may attract readers who will get annoyed.

What classifies as a Happily Ever After? Here are some ideas you can use to ensure you’re being clear with your happy ever after (or happy for now):

  • The couple get married
  • They move in together
  • They have a baby
  • They officially commit in some way
  • They announce their love to the world
  • You write a small chapter about the month after
  • They buy a puppy
  • They tattoo each other’s names on their arms

These aren’t very imaginative, but sometimes, you need to speak plainly about the HEA for it to appeal to a romance reader. Come up with your own ways to establish your own HEAs.

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Lana Pecherczyk

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Don't miss anything from the Author Zoo blog, sign up to the e-newsletter today. Lana Pecherczyk is an author, artist and bookshop marketer from Perth, Western Australia. She's the Webmistress for Romance Writers of Australia (and no, that's not Spiderman's lover). Is a fan of 'pro-caffeinating' and writes in many genres, including romance, comedy, fantasy and paranormal. She also loves Sailormoon. No judgement.

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