Write Your Own Christmas Romance!

One of our favorite activities on a cool weekend evening is watching television.  By week’s end, the husband and I like nothing better than to amuse ourselves with something mindless.  The Hallmark Channel is glad to oblige us with their many, many “original” holiday movies.  I love a good story, and a story with a happy ending is the best way to end a week.  However, last fall I began to see that those “original” movies weren’t so original after all.  They use only a few basic plot lines, reset in different places and performed by different actors.  I only have to watch every so often to catch right back up; paying close attention is not required, so I’m free to work on a craft project or catch up with my many friends on Facebook.  Within a couple of minutes of watching, I know exactly what has happened during the time I let my attention stray.

Some literary theorists say that there are really only a couple of plots:  a stranger comes to town; or the hero takes a journey.  Sometimes these plots can be combined, but most stories fall primarily into those categories.  Christmas movies are no exception.  Either one person stays home, only to greet his/her new love who just happens to stop in for a week (or a lifetime), or the soon-to-be-lovebird finds that he/she just must travel right before Christmas.

After last year’s marathon holiday movie-watching binge, I have acquired some expertise in analyzing the basic parts of the movies.  For your viewing pleasure, I’ve managed to distill the basic elements into a handy one-page guide.  If you check off several elements to use in your story, you too can become a writer for Hallmark, Lifetime, or Netflix.

Write your own Christmas movie


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Alice Perrey

I love to praise the Lord through my music, and this blog tells of my adventures with TOM, the Shigeru Kawai. My day job is now making sure that my husband stays out of trouble.

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