Guest post by R.K. Blessing, author of The Flycaster.
Aaron and I write differently. The Husband shows a world in which things don’t always work out, but characters grow and change. Both of my published books, Clare R and The Flycaster, are romantic comedies, with happy endings. Aaron asked me to share about the value of happy endings.
There is something very rewarding about writing a romantic comedy with a happy ending–pulling something together out of thin air that can tug at a reader’s heart strings. I jokingly called this word “magic” when I was up late trying to put the finishing touch on a manuscript. Sometimes emotions can take deep root in our souls and subconscious and they’re hard to move. When you put a happy ending together that readers can believe and connect with, that’s incredibly special.
At first it felt very foreign and even embarrassing for me to be focusing on so many emotions. A few times I caught myself pausing to think about what I was doing. Do you want people to know what you’re writing? What will people think about me? Writing a romantic comedy… But after a while, that concern faded. Writing had become such a part of my routine and the more emotion I incorporated, the more I fell in love with writing.
So why do we as authors continue to write those happy ending scenarios when often times our real world happy endings either don’t happen or they crash and burn at our feet? Writers experience emotions just like anyone else, so for me, writing offers the opportunity to express emotions in a way that I’m comfortable with. In a sense writing is almost like keeping a diary with the exception that I’m stitching emotions to characters that are made up. Secondly, where reality can be cruel, not offering any second chances to explain yourself or chase down that love interest to tell them your true feelings, anything is possible in a book.
More importantly, in a world that’s constantly on the go, it’s fun to slip away into a story that focuses on something other than money or everyday work. Romantic comedies with a happy ending give readers a change to imagine and experience heartfelt emotions even if it only lasts for a short while. It offers something readers relate to. A shared experience if you will.
If you’re up to the challenge, try writing a happy ending romantic comedy. You won’t be sorry.
About the Author
Ryan “R.K.” Blessing grew up in Michigan and after college moved around the country working as an engineer. Up until that point writing had been mostly a hobby, but when the day job became too frustrating or stressful, he turned to writing for some relaxation. From that point on writing became a staple of his daily routine. After a very thankful meeting with Boyle & Dalton, his first book, Clare R. was published in 2014 and his follow up, The Flycaster, was published in 2015. He’s currently working on the manuscript for a murder mystery set in Northern Michigan. When he’s not writing, Ryan can be found drawing, fishing, cooking, hobby farming, or crawling through a dingy crawl space doing repair work.