The Fine Art of Writing Romantic Comedy

A VERSION OF THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN THE MAY EDITION OF THE PINK HEART SOCIETY MAGAZINE Not all romances that make readers laugh are romantic comedies. The difference comes down to five specific elements that I think define a romantic comedy: 1. A larger-than-life premise 2. Quirky characters 3. A plot ripe with situationally comic possibilities 4. A madcap pace and tone 5. Bantering dialogue A regular romance can include one or more of these elements, but for it to be a rom com, it has to have them all. I’m going to go through them using my favourite romantic comedy movie, What’s Your Number, as an illustrative example. (Hint: if you can’t imagine your book on the screen, it ain’t a

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