I’ve been doing major edits on the wip and after a while I got to thinking that I was missing something. And you know what it was? I forgot the romance. So tied up with making sure there’s conflict and tension and whatnot, that I forgot I was writing a romance and these two people have to fall in love! Argh!! Lots of argument. Lots of love scenes. But where was the swoony falling in love bit??
Maisey’s just done a lovely post about the small moments between the hero and heroine, about those moments of connection. And you need them because otherwise how will we ever get emotionally involved? Why will the black moment be so terrible? Because we can see these two people falling for each other and we know they’re made for each other and yet they can’t see it yet. But first we have to show the reader these two are made for each other. And that they are falling in love even if they don’t realise it themselves.
I reckon that’s sometimes what I have problems with. I think that if I create these moments between my characters, they will somehow know what the reader and I know, that it means luuuurve. And then that upsets all my plans because they will run a mile. But you know, just because you have a nice moment with someone doesn’t mean you’re instantly in love. No, you just think ‘wow, what a cool guy’. It’s really the build up of all these moments that leads to the realisation – unless you’re writing a love at first sight story of course.
Anyway, have given them their moment of connection. And hopefully kept the significance of it from them. Actually, don’t know why I’m worried about them finding out. They’re both experts at lying to themselves and they continue to do so right up until the end.
So has this happened to anyone else? Got so caught up in conflict and tension on every page that you forget you’re writing a romance??