The Joys of Writing Romantic Comedy

For the first time during NaNoWriMo, I am attempting to write a real, honest-to-God romantic comedy. I’ve always written a few funny scenes before (mostly because I can’t help it– they sneak in no matter how dramatic and serious I try to be), but I’ve never tried writing something that’s meant to be funny, pretty much beginning to end.

I am in love.

Questions I ran into while writing tonight:

Is “butt cheek” one word, two words, or a hyphenated word? (I went with two words, mostly for the sake of my word count.)

How about “spandex-clad”? Same hyphen/one word/two word question. (I went with hyphenated. It just didn’t look right any other way.)

How do you spell wienerschintzel? (Turns out that wiener-schnitzel is hyphenated. Who knew?)

I had to stop to Google “double entendre foods.” (Oh there are so many. It goes well beyond smothered chicken breast, people.)

And, finally, I had to look up how to spell “lasciviousness.”

I bet you did not have as much fun writing your scene as I did– or even, I daresay, watching reruns of the Simpsons and eating leftover Halloween candy. Writing romantic comedy wins.

  • Beth Caudill

    Umm, I’ll not compare scenes at the moment because I’ve just hit the chapter where the villain / main character talks the female into killing her husband.  Erotic paranormal horror doesn’t go well with romantic comedy.   🙂

    • Wow, that sounds WAY intense and not funny at all… but I want to read it anyway. 😉 See, I’m a well-rounded romance junkie.

  • Robena Grant

    Sounds like you had fun, and isn’t that what it should all be about?
    I think writing funny is hard to do. I’ve finally decided nobody gets my humor so I’m sticking to romantic suspense. : )

    • Robena, I try hard not to think about it and just assume that if it makes me laugh, it will make someone else laugh, too. 😉 Humor (and everything else, really) is so subjective!