August short story prompt: star crossed lovers

I’m a couple days late posting this – just a reminder, it’s not a contest with prizes, but an event where participation helps improve your skills and may also boost your traffic and platform by giving you some visibility. And if I get enough quality short stories I’ll publish as a little anthology.

Romance is and will continue to be a best-selling genre, so let’s focus on it this month.

This is a classic romance theme, Romeo and Juliet: two people who fall in love but have baked in conflict: for example if he’s a firefighter, she’s an arsonist. Think Batman and Catwoman or Superman and Lois Lane – two people who want each other but because of their background or circumstances, it’s a constant struggle. You don’t have to finish the whole story, you could just set the stage and write a really strong beginning. You’re free to continue it and publish the whole thing yourself later.

For me, I’m going to try to hit the first 10,000 words of a novel I’ve been planning for a while.

This is romance, not erotica, so focus on the yearning and conflict… we’ll try erotica later.

Finish by the end of August, post it on your blog, send me the link.

Thanks!

PS) if you know any romance writers, please share this page so they can join.

About Derek Murphy

Derek Murphy is a book editor turned book designer with a Ph.D. in Literature. He's been featured on CNN and spoken at dozens of writing conferences around the world. These days he mostly writes young adult fantasy and science fiction, while helping authors write and publish bestselling books. FREE GUIDE: Sell your work without selling out.