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Sunday, August 2, 2009

August: Adjusting the Thermostat for Romance

One of the most frightening things to me when I set out on the road to writing my romances - both the plays and the novels - was the idea of creating appropriate romantic tension in the stories. Under the umbrella of "appropriate", one has to consider the characters and their value systems, the potential market for the manuscript, and how the characters' choices will change the direction of the story.

Most importantly, before even beginning a romantic writing project, the author must answer this question: What degree of romantic tension will my own value system allow me to create? If the author has not answered this question with certainty in his or her own mind before beginning to write, the story line will meander and the characters will not be fully developed. Rewriting once you've let your characters get the better of you that way is a real chore.

In August, I have planned a four part series on Adjusting the Thermostat for Romance. Part One will address the delicate prospect of creating romantic interest early in the story. Parts Two and Three will explore creating increasing tension from playful banter to that inevitable first kiss. Finally, in Part Four I will revisit the question of author values.

Because this blog is not just about writing the romance, but living it, I will also include some suggestions for living life as a great romance in August. So, be sure to check back often!

Oh, and for those of you who are wondering - Vacation Bible School was just great, but I'm glad to be through with rubber chicken flinging.


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