This week: Tips for the Romantic WriterEdited by: Lonewolf
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When writing any story, especially a romance there are a few things you want to do, so that you are putting your best foot forward. Romantic fiction uses the five senses to draw your reader into the story. Using the five senses in your writing isn't strictly for the love scenes. Thread the senses throughout the story.
The art of erotic and sensual romance writing is not defined by the number of love scenes or how explicit the words are that you use, but it is how you are able to invoke the senses of the reader. A surprising number of people who think they can write a romance don’t actually read romances. If you’re not interested in the genre as a reader, that’s going to come across in your writing. Although, it helps to read in a variety of subgenres, and it makes sense to focus on the type of romance you’re thinking about writing.
In many romance subgenres, such as historical or paranormal, a lot of world-building has to take place for the reader to understand what’s going on. But you have to keep the love relationship front and center from the start of your novel to the last page. If your hero wanders off for fifty pages midway through the book, readers are going to be unhappy. They want to see your hero and heroine together, falling in love.
How often do you find you can't find just the right word for that romantic moment? Or maybe you've used the same word over and over and its use is worn out. I have that happen a lot. And I get really tired with the obvious. Sensual awareness should speak from every pore of the story whether describing a love scene or not. A thesaurus is an invaluable resource for discovering creative ways to express your feelings and to describe your beloved characters.
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