I am back in the groove and churning out words (YAY!) My forced break was good for me in a lot of ways. I got refueled creatively and spent some much needed down time. But now, my brain is on overload again.
This new tale of mine is not a romance but oh my lawdy does it have some romance in it. I wrote it as my one MC whispered it to his wife(in my ear as well) and I swear I sighed AWWWWW and got misty eyed. I love when that happens. Whether I am writing or reading, if a particular passage really reaches out and touches my heart, it is truly special.
Now, mush is mush and not all tender scenes are that intense, you know? Those special moments are actually few and far between. If there are too many, it reads like a sappy hallmark card on steroids. Not good. It takes just the right balance. And I have no idea what it is, it just happens. i do know somethings though.
To get there, you have to cross an invisible heart line and yet not get too cutesy or flowery. Simple is best, short is sweet, but sometimes, the right stuff comes together and you pause and go AWWWWW!
Often it is not even in dialogue, but in actions. If the tone is set properly, a single look can convey a million words that are inadequate for one strong heart tug. Those moments, those crystal clear but emotion rich glimpses into a private moment are what every romance writer hopes to achieve. And maybe not just romance writers. I have come across those moments in other books, passages talking about motherhood or a friend’s parting, a Father walking his daughter down the aisle. They can occur in times of joy, in times of pain and in times of sorrow. Sometimes they happen in unconventional spots. One of my best was just after a heroine vomited and was nearly passed out. The hero was washing the mess off her and BOOM! AWWWWW
Those are the snippets that cement a story into my heart. If an author can do that, the book is a keeper.
I keep trying to c/p some of my favorites from my writing in here but it won’t let me. So I will put them in the first comment block.
Share with me some of your AWWWW moments from your writing. Show me your stuff!! Go ahead, make my heart sigh! I dare you!