What does Valentine’s Day mean to you? I was having a friendly debate with a friend of mine who states that Valentine’s Day is meant for one special person in your life. I, on the other hand, believe that it is for anyone that you love and hold dear to your heart.
This brings me to your writing. When it comes to romance, do your characters get along? Is there sexual tension? Is there always a rift between them?
Like Valentine’s Day, I would like for everyone to get along and be happy. To live a positive life is a healthy and prosperous life. In my writing, however, I like the conflict. I like when two characters who care for each other to be passionate about their beliefs. Passion, conflict and a strong sense of purpose is what excites your story.
When you start your romance, create two strong main characters in the relationship. Determine why they are in the relationship with each other and what types of possibilities that might come between them. Are they strong enough to resist the challenge or does one of them succumb to it?
With the supporting characters – does anyone try to create a wedge? Do they have anything to do with the main characters in an intimate way or are they just for distraction?
Do you like the traditional happy ending or do you like romance with a little darkness and unpredictability?
You don’t have to stick to the norm when it comes to romance. It has changed a lot since its inception.
Happy Valentine’s Day and write your heart away.