10 May, 2018

#GuestPost - Writing Romance by Ruchi Vasudeva

About the Author: 
Ruchi Vasudeva is a doctor by profession, a teacher by vocation and an author by destiny. The writing bug long resided in her till the Passions contest held by Harlequin for Indian authors gave her a golden opportunity to have her dream realized. She debuted in August '13 with her book 'Bollywood Fiancé For A Day'. She writes romantic fiction with conflicted characters. She loves to write about spirited heroines getting hurtled out of their daily life as soon as they cross paths with their rather challenging heroes. 

Juggling job, writing and family life isn’t something she would recommend to anyone who wants peace and calm but at the end of the day, she finds it very fulfilling. When not bent over the laptop, she might be found with her nose in books or munching nachos at the movies with her husband and two kids or glued to the telecast of Team India in action. Sometimes she drags herself for long walks and surprisingly discovers they are rather good for brewing story ideas. 'Romance,' she holds, 'can feel over-hyped in this day and age but is all too tangible and needed in life on daily basis.'

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Writing Romance

Writing a romance novel is both rewarding and frustrating. The reward part is that you can always pen a Happy ever after which leaves your characters and you and hopefully, the readers with a smile on their face. But the actual writing is frustrating as any writing of fiction must be, but in romance the difficulty lies that you have to indulge in lot of fantasy and steer away from reality while making people believe in the reality. We all know perfect love as depicted in fiction cannot exist - how can it when we are all imperfect creatures. In reality, we are full of insecurities and hang-ups. We fight and argue and hurt the people we love. But we have to make the reader believe the fantasy of perfect love, as of course the tantalizing possibility exists, that we can conquer all and find perfection. That quest is what makes the reader read on and a romance author must have enough balance in the reality and fantasy to make it easy to believe for the reader.

In addition, we don't want to make it boring and about persons who are goody two shoes. A conflict which arises out of character motivation and is seemingly irresolvable must be a part of the equation. Boy meets girl is hardly a romance. It's how they overcome their beliefs and find a resolution to a struggle that the reader thinks cannot be overcome, is what makes a story worth reading. That's the challenge of writing romance. The reader knows they are going to end up together. But the story must give the illusion until the last page that the differences are going to be impossible to sort out. That makes for a page turner and a nail biting finish.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not easy to pen a romance novel. Certain expectations are already held by the readers and they want the author to both challenge the expectations and hold true to some of them. In addition, the story must have an element of uniqueness.

The list is daunting. But working out these difficulties is what makes the challenges of romance writing both interesting and rewarding. Of course, it’s easier to say that after I have forgotten the hair-pulling, nail-biting and floor-pacing that I did during the actual writing of the book. *smile*

Bollywood Fiancé for a Day demanded no less in the way of above, but it's practically the first romance novel that I finished, so it's quite close to my heart. I hope readers will enjoy this story of a serious doctor and a flamboyant movie star. 

About the Book:

What can possibly save you from cutting a sorry figure after being jilted by your very suitable fiancé? Well, if you could secure a Bollywood star as a replacement, it would be bound to still all the wagging tongues!

Studious Dr. Vishakha never dreamed that winning a date with Bollywood heartthrob Zaheer Saxena would land her in an unusual deal to benefit both of them. Zaheer wants to ward off unwanted attention from his leading lady and agrees to help her save her face. But she has to keep in mind that Zaheer can easily distinguish between pretense and reality before she begins to wish this were a dream that would come true...

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