What's An Aspiring Author To Do?
This column is based on questions Margaret gets asked by those
who also want to write romance novels. The answers are based on her personal
experience. Every author must and should find their own way along this path; however, sometimes it helps to know how it was for an author who's reached the goal of
This column's question:
How does a love scene move the story forward?
So, how about those love scenes? Have any tips/suggestions/helpful hints?
AS IN ANY SCENE, a love scene should
1. Move the story forward
2. Reveal character (and I'm not talking about their bodies)
A love scene should indicate that the romantic relationship between your characters has been altered by the physical intimacy of making love. Are they pleased by this? Worried? How has it upped the stakes in terms of the rest of the plot?
How does a love scene reveal character?
By demonstrating how your characters behave when they are alone with each other. There is nobody else to influence their behavior.
Does a supposedly arrogant, selfish man behave with unexpected tenderness? Does a woman determined to refuse a man's advances discover that all her preconceptions about him have been wrong? How does that effect the future of the story?