You’ve grabbed your pen or your laptop, and you’ve decided that it’s time to finally write that romantic comedy. If only it were that simple! Not just anyone can sit down and spew out something funny, compelling and believable. At the very least, you need to keep some things in mind. Read on to find out more…
One of the problems with Romantic Comedies these days is that they all seem to be exactly the same. Therefore, if you want your story to soar above the rest, then you are going to have to come up with something original. Even if the two main characters do wind up with each other at the end and it seems trite, there are always ways to make the journey there unique. It’s all in the choices you make as a storyteller.
Ultimately, one of the goals of a Romantic Comedy is to make the main character at least somewhat relatable to the general audience. You do not want to create a character no one likes or for whom no one feels any sense of empathy. As you are crafting the character, you must understand who this person is and why this person is appealing to an audience. If you can’t make a character who has admirable qualities, then your story will be dead in the water. If you want the opposite effect – an anti-hero, that’s ok too – but they need to have at least a few interesting and redeeming qualities about them to keep viewers compelled.
Understand The Audience
As you are crafting each detail of the plot, you need to work on keeping the audience in mind. Do you want to sell your story to people who are a bit indie? Older? GLBT? Or are you looking for the standard group of romantic comedy followers to show up at your show? Of course, one of the major exceptions to this rule (and the one before it) is if you are just writing the Romantic Comedy for enjoyment. If you never intend to have an audience outside of yourself, then you don’t necessarily need to worry about the target audience. But why limit yourself? Stretch your abilities!
Real Funny Moments
While you do not have to get into grotesque and R-rated humor to have a sense of comedy in your story, you absolutely do need to infuse some humor in there. Humor is what sets a romantic comedy apart – no one just goes to see two people fall in love (that’s what real dramas are for). Furthermore, you have to set a tone for the movie. Is it quirky? Sarcastic? Realistic? Try to come up with a nice balance between different tastes, and keep it consistent from beginning to end. Normally, when there’s something “off” about a comedy that people can’t put their finger on it, it means that the writer tried to stretch their humor too thin and appeal to every sense of humor out there. It’s much better to be really master one kind of humor than to be merely sub-par at many types.
A Happy Ending
Since some of the earliest writings of literature, Comedies have always ended with happiness. Therefore, to truly qualify as a Romantic Comedy, yours should as well. Now, this does not necessarily mean that the main characters end up together. It could mean that they find a sense of peace and happiness in other ways too. Be open to the possibilities for crafting a happy ending that at once surprises viewers but also shines light on the topic of the comedy in a new way. In other words, never give the viewers what they expect. Be unique, engaging and if possible, relevant to the real world.
Writing a Romantic Comedy is something a lot of people would like to accomplish, but it’s certainly hard to make it big in the world of literature. Following the aforementioned tips can help to make the journey easier on almost every writer out there – whether a seasoned veteran or a noob!
BIO: James Rogers writes about being an author. Recently, he has chronicled his journey earning an online communications degree.
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