Friday, February 10, 2017

#amwriting #Tirgearr how to write weddings in a #romance

Here are a few tips on writing your “happily ever after”.  Ninety percent of the romance reader population are women, and more men fall into the romantic suspense category.  A wedding is a superb ending or at least a promise for the future.

In Deadly Alliance (on sale at Amazon for 25% off) my protagonists are charismatic and appealing but have insecurities and flaws. Perfect people are boring. Both hero and heroine must be worthy of the other’s love.  They are good inside. Bring your hero and heroine together quickly. At least mention them in the first scene with conflict with each other right off the bat. Their first meeting should be explosive emotionally. It should make them be attracted to, and hate, each other from the beginning. Then let something interesting happen. I like at least three conflicts over the span of a novel with emotional highs and lows.  Readers want to love and get involved with.
Each character should use slightly different pet words and phrases. To guard against your dialogue sounding stilted, use lots of contractions, incomplete sentences, one-word answers, silences, and body language. Women tend to speak in more complete sentences than men do, and they express their feelings more. In Deadly Alliance I had fun writing a pontoon wedding on Lake Arrowhead.  They motored to a hotel where the reception took place.  The bride's colors are yellow and pink because the hero gives her yellow and pink flowers in the book.

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