HOW TO SAY ‘NO’ IN ROMANCE

The OtherlifeSometimes in our writings, we come across an area where we want to put our feet down–more like our pen or fingers. We think about something we need to cross and do not know how. This is when you let your characters act.

Your character wants or needs constant nurturing and the other character does not have all the answer in the time of need.Both characters are adults, but one is still not grown up. In other words, one character needs a hand held at all times. When these characters first met, this presented a new opening for one and a downer for the other. Left unaddressed, the fester builds and a battle ensues. Now, the outcome depends upon the genre of your novel. If you are in the mystery thriller, you can “delete” a character, but with a romantic suspense, this decision should be put off until you find an answer to their problems. In most situations, this happens without notice. It is when you, the writer, gets inside their heads. Show your characters ways not yet thought about, and then let them take the lead. This is a slow process, but you have a whole novel for characters to make changes, if they want to.

Empathy is another way to make the other character aware of the constant need of approval. Some characters will never get over the need for attention, and when this happens, the other character gets to a blas’e point.  Either there is enough energy between them to counter this or they separate.

Who is right? Who is wrong? No one. Each character must live within the area of the author’s mind and make peace with herself/himself or destruction becomes prevalent.

Have you ever had a character want to walk toward a dance with another and neither knows the song or the step? This is a chance to have your two young characters embark on an unusual journey. Dancing into love would make your readers sit up and take notice. They could relive their own romance, many years ago. This is not make-believe, but memories flooding to the surface reaching out to everyone. As a writer, you have great opportunities to make changes in the world of writing and reading.

Most important — listen and pay attention to your characters. Sure, they can come up with unbelievable options and unrealistic senses, but do not hold them back. Go with your characters and make certain they are heard in your writing.  Yeah, you may have to cut, take other routes, but you will give your character love, heart, and reasons for being in your novel. Give your characters free rein and they will always surprise you.

Be sure you send a kiss to every one of them before you sign, THE END.

Happy Writing.

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