I know we’ve talked about tropes together before. There are many tropes romance writers use-and the fun part is if you give twenty romance writers one trope you’ll end up with twenty very different stories.
I’ve been doing a lot of reading (and writing) lately and have come upon a portion of a trope that I really like.
Secrets from the past. And there are so many secrets that people can have. Secret babies, secret marriages, secret relationships, secret confessions, secret adoptions, secret letters, and the list could go on and on. But I think I’m obsessed! (In a good and healthy way. Promise.)
The stories can be written where the readers knows but the characters don’t. Or the readers don’t know until the end. Either way a really great secret story can and will keep you on the edge of your seat. It will keep you guessing and reading.
When writing a story with a secret there are several ways to keep the plot moving forward.
- If the secret is not revealed, how dire are the consequences if/when it is revealed?
- If the secret is out in the open, how do others react when they find out?
- If the secret is not revealed, how do the involved parties keep it under wraps?
- If the secret is not revealed, are there plans to reveal it, and if so when and how?
- If the secret is out in the open has it changed lives? For the better, for worse?
Think about it. If you were going along in life and found out, oh, you have a brother or sister. Or maybe you find out the baby you gave up for adoption lives down the street. Or maybe you find out you are a father and you never knew it. All these scenarios are life changing, dramatic, and really, oh, so fun to write about.
And read about. As far as reading secret whatever books, they are filled with tension, surprises, and in romance of course the happy ending. But it’s a treat getting there and reading the different ways the author has dreamed up to get our secret out and resolved in the best way possible.
So, what about you? I’d love to hear some of your favorite secret tropes that you love to read. Also, if you’ve read any that you’d like to share with us that would be awesome. If you do leave a comment you’ll be entered in the drawing for a print copy of a book I just finished and loved! (US only)
I love Belle’s Alaskan books. And this one has a secret–so it’s a must read, right? An Alaskan Christmas Promise has everything you could want in a Christmas story. Post your comment by Friday, January 20th, 2023.
I can’t wait to hear your about your favorite ‘secret’ trope stories.