1. Hey Lori – I”m procrastinating, putting off doing my homework lol – I wish I had read this post earlier – like a year ago. I have a real love-hate thing going with romance – I even blogged about it a while back to try and clear my head – and it’s been driving me insane. I think I’ve figured it out thanks to this post though – I’d actually been ignoring the romance and putting all my effort into the characters.
    I suspect some of that is due to the types of love stories I love to read – Stephen King’s Bag of Bones is one of the saddest, most beautiful love stories I’ve read (and boy is there some pretty heavy sacrificing lol)for example. Also, when my daughter got caught up in the Twilight thing I read the books and enjoyed them – not for the vampires, I skipped the battles and the werewolves – I liked the evolving love story between Bella and Edward. But when I’ve been sitting down to write, I’ve been all tied up in “oh that’s the smushy stuff – it’s incidental” then of course getting stuck. Duh – it’s the other stuff that’s incidental lol.

  2. Angelique, I’m so glad this was useful to you. There is, of course, nothing wrong with writing a book that doesn’t revolve around the romance. It just isn’t a “romance” then. In my first published book (which I sold to a romance line) I had to add romance to it after I sold it. My editor told me it read more like women’s fiction–so I got a nice early lesson on the difference between romantic elements and a real romance. 🙂

  3. Thea

    Just came across this on twitter and had my Aha! moment. I love romance novels; they comprise 75% of what I read and my heart dreams of writing them and I have been working on various project for years But I just realized I never think about the two of them from start to finish I either have a great outline and story goal for hero or heroine and then struggle to get them into scenes together.

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