Elements of Women’s Romance Fiction


writing romance-3Women’s fiction is a kind of writing that is specialized although it’s different from romance. There can also be some blending of the two. Some can be published as mass market, trade papers or even hard covers. The genres are popular with publishing houses and you can make a huge return on the same. The difference between contemporary romance and women’s fiction is that the former is only placed on romance section while the latter is placed on general fiction. That means the marketing is not the same.

There are certain elements that keep on appearing and reappearing on women’s fiction. They include the following:


Women’s fiction normally handles issues that are important to the novel reader. These issues include love, men, aging, money, relationships, careers, motherhood, beauty and family ties including others. Moral issues like abortion and divorce are also included. Other issues are dealt with carefully and straight forward.  They are incorporated in a variety of romance fiction styles from goth to christian romance stories.


Women’s fiction has thoughtful and focused voice. In most pages, real life experiences are reflected in depth. They can be put in different persons like first and third person. Depending on the author, the prose may be transparent or take other form. Women’s fiction has a more mainstreamed tone.


Women’s fiction is mostly set in suburban and rural setting, although the setting can be done in both rural and urban. The culture of the book is equally important as the geography. Some of the things that can be against the culture include heroines although other times it’s not an important value.


Female protagonists are mostly featured in these genres and shows how far they can go being at cross roads. Sometimes there is complexity in relationship between heroines found in the storyline. Heroines’ choice may be featured by lovers, colleagues, friends and family. Female characters live like the real women in life. There is no faking of issues that are found in the novel. Instead, these heroines represent a clear picture of a women’s life.


There is sometimes an interest of love in women’s fiction. Romantic relationships can go as per the romance novelist or go beyond that. It can show love scenes which could be off the track. It might sound funny when heroines find love and passion for an ex or even fall for people met at the bars. All this does not necessarily mean that love is the main interest of the novel. Love stories may arise from totally different and larger issues. Romances may not end up to a permanent union of marriage but it is necessary that relationships be resolved in a contending way for reader and heroines.

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