Episode from the podcastIndie Author Weekly

076: The trouble with writing romcoms (plus 3 tips for writing humour)

Released Tuesday, 8th September 2020
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For today's episode of Indie Author Weekly, I want to talk about the trouble with writing romcoms, and also 3 things you can do if you’re writing humour; I’ve got 3 tips for you when it comes to writing humour into your stories.

When I first started writing romance novels a couple years ago, I didn’t really know what the subgenre was. I referred to them as “contemporary romances” and “new adult romance.” Sometimes it takes a while to hone in on our niche. I didn’t even know that “romantic comedy” was a genre of novels, in fact! About a year ago, I happened to be reading a book by an indie author who calls her stories “romantic comedies,” and I realized that my style could totally be considered romantic comedy.

At the same time, I also wasn’t sure if I was funny enough to write romcoms. I mean, I certainly amuse myself, but it’s tricky to know whether your sense of humour is going to be well-received by readers.

And that’s what leads to today’s episode topic: the trouble with writing romcoms. Because the most challenging part that I’ve found with writing this particular genre is that there’s a delicate balance between writing jokes that are obvious enough that your reader will understand the humour, and also subtle enough that you’re not over-the-top with them. At least, assuming that you’re going for witty humour, rather than slap-sticky humour.

This gets even more difficult to assess, the more rewrites and edits you do on your own book: you KNOW the joke, since you wrote it... so, trying to take a step back and figure out how it will “land” for your reader is a lot trickier.

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Indie Author Weekly shares the behind-the-scenes journey of writing and publishing books as a self-published authorpreneur. Each episode includes personal stories of what works—and what doesn’t—as a new author, plus tips on everything from book marketing to outlining chapters to managing perfectionism to finding writing inspiration and more! You’ll learn practical tips and ideas for getting started with your own writer journey. This indie author podcast can be enjoyed by new and aspiring authors who want to learn more about self-publishing (plus tips and tools for writing and editing your own work), as well as curious bookworms who are interested in getting a peek behind the curtain of a writer’s life. RECOMMENDED STARTING POINT: "Ep 50: What made me start writing the Polyamorous Passions series" and "Ep 53: Top 5 episodes from the first year of podcasting on Indie Author Weekly (and why I started this podcast)".Indie Author Weekly is hosted by Sagan Morrow, a Winnipeg-based writer with more than a decade of experience as a small business owner. Sagan has worked as a blogger and freelance copywriter and editor since 2008. In 2016, she began teaching other freelancers how to improve productivity and time management through her online courses. Sagan has published several business books in addition to her work as a romance novelist. She published her first work of fiction in 2018. The first 12 episodes of this podcast were originally published on a “secret” platform only for email subscribers, but you can tune into all of those original episodes right here. Access bonus materials to go along with the Indie Author Weekly podcast (including cheatsheets and spreadsheets relevant to the episode topics), plus full episode transcripts, sample chapters of her novels, and additional resources, at SaganMorrow.com/secretpodcast. Learn more about Sagan’s published works and upcoming novels at SaganMorrow.com/books. Connect with Sagan on Twitter & Instagram: @Saganlives

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