This week: The Romantic ElementEdited by: Lonewolf
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Sometimes, we as writers want to add a little something special to our stories. One of the most rewarding things you can add to your story is romance. It is an element that allows you to learn who your characters are, and then allows them to take you through the story from their point of view. Romance can add that element that just makes your story sky rocket to another level.
One of the difficulties with adding romance into a story is sometimes the wording doesn't sound right, or the romance quickly turns into a sex scene. Romance doesn't have to include sexual elements, it can lead to that aspect if you want it to, but romance is so much more.
When we read what others have written we can see how they word things to make it sound right or to keep it romantic instead of turning into something closely related to porn. Talking with other authors can help you learn how they get past the difficulties, and some would even offer to read your work to help give you better advice. You can also read some of the classic novels to see how the early generation of authors wrote about romance.
When you sit down to write, make an outline of what you consider to be romantic. For example: I think unexpected, and random acts of kindness done without being asked by a significant other is romantic, but adding in a character saying I love you adds even more romance. You take what you see as romantic and describe every element of it. Sights, feelings, sounds, whatever you think would add to the romantic atmosphere, and then read through it to see if that is what you had in mind of something romantic to you. You could also ask people around you what they see as romance so you have different ideas to incorporate.
One thing to try is adding real life experiences into your stories, most authors add personal elements into their stories. When you add in personal experiences into your stories it gives it a different quality. When you do that with romance you can make it turn out the way you wanted it to or keep things the way they happened.
Another you can do is add in different elements of intimacy. Intimacy doesn't necessarily mean sex. There are intimate elements of the characters opening up to each other or sharing in a special moment. It could be a small scene or a bigger one. There are different levels of intimacy: sexual, emotional, mental, intellectual and spiritual. You can try to add in some of those elements into the story. You could have one character share a secret that no one knows, like opening up and expressing a deep sadness in their life. That brings the two characters together, adds in a small level of intimacy/romance and makes the readers feel for the character.
You can even describe what a character wants from the relationship, like the man wanting to be a better man for his woman; something along those lines. Romance in a story doesn't have to be this big display, it can be something small and barely there. Romance isn't always a big display of affection. It's about the expression of love and one's feelings. If applied right you can do that within a story by displaying the characters feelings for each other in different ways. Have them remember something, or simply express their love to each other. You can have your character leave a little note for the other find. You can describe how one character feels for the other. No matter what it is you use, adding in feelings of love can easily add romance to a story-line.
When you add your own thoughts and feelings you add a different quality to the story. Readers can tell when an author adds in a part of themselves. One of he best ways to improve writing is to keep trying different things. Practicing and researching. One of the most essential aspects to writing is to reading.
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