Why I Write Romance

As you might know, I blog with a raucous group or writing pirates over on the Romance Writers Revenge, and last week the Gunner of the group asked us what we’re trying to accomplish when we sit down to write.
My first thought was that I want to tell a happy story that entertains the reader. Which is true. But then I thought again and realized the real reason I write Romance.
I’m trying to create the story I wish were reality.
We hear about wallflowers all the time. I don’t really qualify as I’m outgoing and love to mingle at a party. But as far as romance goes, I’ve spent most of my life invisible. Yes, I’ve had relationships, but as far as numbers go, it’s low.
I’ve spent most of my life wanting to be the pretty one who catches a guy’s eye across a crowded room. Or bumps into Mr. Right with a shopping cart and falls into a real life fairy tale. (Minus the singing animals. No singing chipmunks necessary.)
Well, these things have never happened and at my advanced age, I’m not about to hold my breath. But in my books, I can make these things happen. For the heroines anyway. It’s not just about the shy girl getting the hot guy. It’s about those moments. The first kiss at the end of the pier with nothing but moonlight and stars filling the sky. The slow dance with no music playing. The tuck of a wayward curl behind an ear.
That moment when you know it’s real and it’s not going away.Β The ones that set butterflies swirling, take our breath away, and shift our lives into something better. Something amazing.
That’s why I write Romance. Probably not the best reason, but I’ve always been too honest for my own good. If I can’t have the reality, I’ll write my own version on the page and share it with other women who might feel the same way I do.

8 thoughts on “Why I Write Romance”

  1. MsHellion says:

    I think it’s the best reason. πŸ™‚ The Universe is always telling us to create the reality we want–you’re doing that!

  2. Maureen says:

    Hels is right! We all write the heroine we want to be and what we want to happen… Even me.

    Okay, maybe not the hard stuff, but the strength to survive the hard stuff is something I want as part of my life.

  3. It’s a wonderful reason! It’s my reason too in my honest moments, but you said it better. πŸ™‚ Hmm. I think I’d kinda like the singing animals, but it might be rather distracting. LOL

  4. TerriOsburn says:

    So it’s not just me. I’d love to say I’m trying to change or improve the world. But if I can make someone else smile or sigh with satisfaction at a good story, then I have made the world a slightly better place.

    For someone. πŸ™‚

  5. Wonderful blog, Terri! I can’t think of a better reason than sharing your fondest dreams.

    Even at your “advanced” age (KOFF KOFF) it can still happen. I met the love of my life when I was 38. πŸ˜‰


  6. TerriOsburn says:

    Very true, AC. Never say never! But I’ll have to settle for writing the stories while I wait for my own (delayed) one to reach fruition. LOL!

  7. Talia says:

    I think that’s an excellent reason, Terri. And I think it probably applies to all of us, in one way or another. I may be happily married, but I will never meet my husband for the first time again, experiencing that delicious mix of anticipation, anxious hope, and tentative, thrilling connection. But through romance in books and movies, I can.

    BTW, sorry I didn’t get a chance to stop by your day at the Rubies yesterday. Exhausting day running around the city, came home and collapsed. But I liked your guest post!

  8. TerriOsburn says:

    Thanks, Talia. Ruby’s day was fun and I’m just happy I didn’t bore people.

    I really thought everyone would have some world-changing, intellectually-stimulating reason for writing the stories they do. Good to know we’re all dipping our toe in a little recreating history. πŸ™‚

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