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Romance/Love: January 29, 2014 Issue [#6130]

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Romance/Love


 This week: What is Romance to you?
  Edited by: Lonewolf
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2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
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A great romance novel makes us believe in love. Not just that love exists, but that this love between these two people is somehow going to last and endure.No two people love the same way, and the people in a relationship love each other different ways. There are an endless amount of ways a person can feel attracted to someone else, depending on the physical appearance and personality of both the characters.



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Letter from the editor

In real life, biology drives desire. We are attracted to our partners who "smell" right based on a complex chemistry of pheromones, fertility, and a sufficiently different immune system. We seek visual signs that our potential mates can bear children or protect them: full lips and a small waist-to-hip ratio in women; square jaw and a muscular build in men. As a writer we can use these hormonal markers as a blueprint for describing characters.

Universal hooks make it possible for your reader to find your hero and heroine attractive. But to make your stories and characters compelling, your hero and heroine need to find each other uniquely desirable. For that, you need more than symmetrical faces and a great waist-to-hip body ratio. Even if your characters feel love or lust at first sight and that whole I must make you mine imperative is a powerful fantasy, you can make their attraction more powerful and believable by motivating it with specific triggers. Using observation and characterization to move beyond such cliches will have a better impact upon your reader.

Your characters' level of physical awareness must be appropriate to:

The subgenre
The characters themselves
The stage of the relationship
The level of action/external conflict.



There is a difference between universal and cliche. If your hero is not a red-roses-and-champagne kind of guy, your heroine would prefer books or beer or Lakers tickets, or your setting is a castle off the Northern coast of Spain. Possibly a cave in the South Carolina mountains, then don't force your couple into unlikely getaways with meaningless props. Choose settings that are sensually powerful, but also appropriate to your story, and significant to your characters. The important thing is to get your lovers alone, away from the bad guys and the kids, in a setting which is unique to them.


Editor's Picks

 Rehearsal: The Highest Aim (2008)  (ASR)
Music, Romance, & Friendship entwine during the 70s, with characters who will capture you.
#1436334 by LK Hunsaker

 Is It Really Forever?  (18+)
Chapter one. Vampires, College, year 2039. An eager girl and an unwilling vampire.
#1968175 by J.Lynn Weller

 
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Home Is Where The Heart Is  (18+)
Romance story for Sensual Infusion Round 2
#1973880 by ☮ The Grum Of Grums

 
STATIC
The Old Boyfriend  (ASR)
She was set to marry Alex, and then she heard from an old boyfriend.
#856029 by Shaara

 Ghostly Love  (13+)
Cute love story~! Might be a little scary~ Please read and rate~!
#431646 by Devilgurl

 The Great Barrier  (ASR)
Renewal on the Great Barrier Reef, in the bosom of Nature. (Australia, India)
#358230 by Bhaskar

 
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