For a little bit of romance....

Although I personally believe that romance is one of the easiest elements to write, it is important not to overdo it. Sometimes, minimalising stuff makes the scene even more meaningful, and it can express many other sentiments, such as the restraints that are holding the protagonists back, or perhaps they are not supposed to be together.

Unless you're writing an erotic novel or you're describing the scene in non-fiction, don't get into all the gory details and take into consideration the audience that you will be writing for.

If you experience some difficulty in finding the right scenario, take inspiration from couples in the streets, other great romance novelists such as Jane Austen or Emily Bronte, or even from your own love life or romantic desires - it always helps to really understand what the character is going through.

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May 27, 2009
It depends on the situation
by: Sophii

I think you're right, it has to depend on the situation. Tween girls will be out off by too-graphic descriptions (or rather the possibility they're mother will find them reading it) but some adults would probably like it. But if you dwell too much on all of the tiny little elements that make it up, you lose your flow. : )

Apr 04, 2009
I beg to differ
by: Tina

As someone who works for a romance publisher I would just like to say that romance writing can be just as difficult as any other genre of writing. The plots have to be more complex...it's not simply a case of boy meets girl anymore.

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