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January 29, 2009 | 04:12am
Mood: attentine
Music: God Is An Astronaut - Twilight

Life's okay - took a Russian quiz that I aced, general school nonsense has been overwhelming my free time - but this entry isn't really about life. This is about something I mentioned in a previous entry: I've decided to write a romance novel. Not your typical harlequin or whatever (i.e. there will be no "throbbing members" or "pulsating vulvas" in my novel), but a story with a romance in it. And you, my faithful, loyal, highly attractive readers, get to have a say in it.

My plan is to write one chapter a week (depending on my free time), and I will post every chapter, unedited, to this journal. The fact that people will be reading my writing will, hopefully, motivate me to finish it. But first... I need to decide what to write. And that's where you come in. Just read everything behind the lj-cut and reply to this entry with your opinions.

Please choose from the following:

Pairing: m/m or m/f

Protagonist: male or female (e.g. I'd be willing to write a female protagonist for a m/m story)

First-person or third-person? Present tense or past tense?

Genre (all of these will have romance, of course; you may choose more than one): Mystery, Fantasy*, Science Fiction**, Realistic Fiction, Humor
* think Kim Harrison or Laurell K. Hamilton before she started writing porn, not David Eddings or Tolkien; magic in our world, with werewolves and vampires, not a completely different world.
** think Connie Willis, not C.J. Cherryh; advanced technology, not a completely different world.

Age Group: high school, college, adult

What is your favorite romance cliche? (Examples: hot guy falling for average girl, recovery from a bad break-up/rape/abuse/disease/food poisoning, "She was the daughter of a wealthy shipping magnate. He was a pirate on the Indian Ocean. It was LOVE at FIRST SIGHT.")

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from: aodh
date: January 29, 2009 10:15am (UTC)

This is for reference, Caitlin answered these on AIM:

realistic fiction/humor. m/m w/ female protag. college. cliche: how to lose a guy in 10 days.

Edited at 2009-01-29 10:15 am (UTC)

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Bedlam boys are bonny

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from: mad_maudlin
date: January 29, 2009 12:54pm (UTC)

Third person, past tense (present tense is a hard device to sustain in a short story, never mind for chapters and chapters)
Genre: All of the above? ;-)
Age group: College or adult

Cliche: One guy silently pining for the other from afar, trying to hide his feelings for the sake of their friendship, and the other is totally oblivious--until Something Sudden causes him to clue in.

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from: aodh
date: January 29, 2009 06:29pm (UTC)

Huzzah! Thanks for the thoughts. I love present tense, although I've never tried it while writing third person - I don't think I'd want to, honestly. I've actually written a few of my novels in first person, present tense - it's gotten to the point where I actually prefer it to past tense. (Well, depending on my mood.) After a while it becomes instinctive.

I rather like that cliche myself. Good choice. ;)

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