Winter storm watches with freezing record lows prevail here in the northeast (USA). And I have the strongest instinct to just hibernate until it's over! But that doesn't mean not writing. In fact, since I'm not at all fond of wintertime outdoor activities, this is a great time to cuddle in and write.
During these cold days, I've noticed that several writer friends are talking about heroes and heroines, what traits make up a good character, and more. Maybe that's because creating love in our stories warms us up! And while we are on the subject, what exactly constitutes a really good romance is being discussed more often lately.
There are many good ideas floating around out there. I can't help but be reminded of the first thing I learned from RWA about writing romance. That is, the love/conflict and developing relationship between the hero and heroine is the story, the plot. Sub plots and secondary characters, be they ever so complex, are still not the main story.
February, the romance writer's favorite love month is approaching fast. Although it's been said as many times as there are romance books out there, I wonder what you think constitutes a good romance-relationship-hero/heroine connection? I'd love to hear your take on this subject, so let me know, will you?
And while we are waiting for the sunshine, how about checking this out:
RED HEART/BLACK HEART CONTEST
Here's a great free contest to either celebrate or destroy love. There are six categories:
Black-Hearted Love Poem
Rejection Love Letter
Essay on Love at First Sight
Essay on Lost Love
The deadline is February 6, so get on over to www.writersdigest.com/redheartblackheart to learn all the details.
Until next time-- and don't forget to let me know your take on what you think is good romance!