Romantic Fiction Writing - Qp2

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    With a romance the reader is fairly certain that everything is going to end happily, but it’s what happens along the way that makes, or breaks, the story.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The explanation for the correct answer, which is True, is that in a romance, the reader typically expects a happy ending. However, what truly engages the reader is the journey and obstacles the characters face along the way. These challenges and conflicts are what make the story interesting and can either make or break the overall enjoyment of the romance.

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  • 2. 

    When plotting, it helps to decide first on the purpose of the book.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Deciding on the purpose of the book before plotting can indeed be helpful, but the given answer states that it is false. This implies that deciding on the purpose of the book before plotting is not helpful. However, this contradicts the common practice of authors and storytellers who often outline the purpose or theme of their book before developing the plot. Therefore, the correct answer should be True, as deciding on the purpose of the book before plotting can provide direction and coherence to the story.

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  • 3. 

    It is said that there are only so many plots, and every story is a variation upon them.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    This statement is true because it is widely believed that there are a limited number of basic plots that exist, and all stories are essentially variations of these plots. This concept is often attributed to the work of German novelist and playwright Gustav Freytag, who proposed that there are only five basic plot structures: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Many literary theorists and writers have since expanded upon this idea, suggesting different numbers and types of basic plots, but the underlying concept remains the same - that all stories are derived from a limited number of fundamental plot structures.

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  • 4. 

    A book would be too bland if there was no conflict, so also would it be unbelievable if one had nothing but misunderstandings and arguments.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Conflict is an essential element in storytelling as it adds excitement, tension, and depth to the plot. Without conflict, a book would lack intrigue and become monotonous. On the other hand, if a story only consisted of misunderstandings and arguments, it would be unrealistic and unrelatable. In real life, conflicts arise, and characters must overcome them, leading to personal growth and development. Therefore, both conflict and resolution are necessary for a well-rounded and engaging story, making the statement true.

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  • 5. 

    A good plan is to begin the book at some point where there is calm in the heroine’s life.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that it is a good plan to start the book when the heroine's life is calm. However, this is not necessarily true. Starting the book at a point of calm may not create enough interest or engagement for the readers. It is often more captivating to begin a story when there is some conflict or tension, as it hooks the readers and makes them curious about what will happen next. Therefore, the correct answer is false.

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  • 6. 

    Your plot needs to differ from the type of book you wish to write.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that in order to write a book, the plot needs to be different from the genre or type of book the writer intends to write. However, this is not true. The plot of a book should align with the genre or type of book the writer wants to write. It should be consistent with the expectations and conventions of that particular genre, in order to appeal to the target audience and meet their expectations.

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  • 7. 

    If you include a sub-plot in your romance, make sure it is relevant.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Including a sub-plot in a romance story can add depth and complexity to the overall narrative. However, it is crucial for the sub-plot to be relevant to the main storyline. If the sub-plot is unrelated or doesn't contribute to the development of the romance or the characters involved, it can distract readers and weaken the overall impact of the story. Therefore, it is important to ensure that any sub-plot included in a romance is directly connected to the main plot and serves a purpose in enhancing the overall narrative.

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  • 8. 

    Once you have decided on the story line, rush right in and start writing.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The given answer, "False," is correct because the statement suggests that one should start writing immediately without any planning or preparation. However, it is generally advisable to spend some time brainstorming, outlining, or organizing thoughts before diving into writing. Planning helps in creating a coherent and well-structured piece of writing, ensuring that the ideas flow smoothly and effectively. Rushing into writing without any prior thought can lead to disorganization, lack of clarity, and a less polished final product.

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  • 9. 

    Before you start writing, ask yourself the following:  (Select two)

    • A.

      Am I starting at a point where the heroine is at some changing point in her life?

    • B.

      Am I going to introduce the hero as slow as possible?

    • C.

      Am I introducing the conflict quickly?

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Am I starting at a point where the heroine is at some changing point in her life?
    C. Am I introducing the conflict quickly?
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Am I starting at a point where the heroine is at some changing point in her life?" and "Am I introducing the conflict quickly?" These two questions are important to consider when beginning a story. Starting at a point where the heroine is at a changing point in her life creates intrigue and hooks the reader. Introducing the conflict quickly helps to engage the reader and establish the main conflict of the story. By addressing these two questions, the author can effectively capture the reader's attention and set the stage for an engaging narrative.

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  • 10. 

    Before you even begin a chapter, you know where it is going to end, preferably at a point which makes the reader want to begin the next chapter straight away.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    This statement is true because a well-written chapter should have a clear direction and purpose. The ending of a chapter should leave the reader intrigued and eager to continue reading the next chapter. This creates a sense of anticipation and keeps the reader engaged in the story. By planning the ending of each chapter in advance, the author can ensure a smooth flow and maintain the reader's interest throughout the book.

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