Thursday, July 12, 2012
Writing Romance...in Other Words...HELP!!! 0_0
Ok, I'm cutting right to the point on this one. How the you-know-what do you right ROMANCE!!! I mean, I know that once you get past the awkward first meeting and stuff it's relatively straight forward. My problem is I can't get past that awkward first meeting. It may have to do with the fact that this awkward first meeting is a little more like enemy meets enemy.
Yes, I'm talking about my summer novel here. You see, the main character (Johanna) must somehow in kingdom come fall in love with a man who is supposed to be her arch enemy (Alan). Alan is actually a good guy (yea, it's sort of a spy story), but Johanna does know that. And while Johanna isn't really the type to fall madly in love with someone...she does fall pretty hard for him. But this is where I come into trouble.
How does she fall in love with him?!
I mean, sure he's a nice guy and all but is a normal person likely to fall for one of their sworn enemies? No! So how do I make this work? I like the angle of this romance....I just don't know how to write it.
Johanna is a hard core person--so is Alan. So they have qualities that are similar...as well as qualities that are TOTALLY different.
So how could she fall for him? She has to eventually in the story--and since I'm now in part two (where she becomes a little closer to him) I really need some help.
I'm keeping Johanna identifiable with. Meaning that I'm not really giving her much physical description so the readers can place themselves in her shoes! A lot of first person narrative writers do this. Brings the reader in more I guess.
So girls put yourselves in Johanna's shoes! You're not supposed to love Alan--in fact the idea barely crosses your mind. What could he do to change your mind? To make you see him in a totally new light?
I don't read much (if any) romance novels. I probably should have. But when it comes to flirting and falling in love I'm a totally amateur. And when you add the extra starting hatred between the two of them...it just gets sticky!
So that's why I'm asking for help. There's really nobody I can ask about this--and I'm not sure if they write a book on this or not. Either way, I just want to figure out how Alan can win Johanna's heart!
That's why I was wondering if any of my blogging friends could help me! If you have ANY ideas about how Alan could win the ever serious and hurt Johanna over--PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD, SHARE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don't care what your idea is! If you have one--even if it's Johanna is nearly eaten by a giant purple people eater and Alan saves her I DON'T CARE!! I am totally blank and I need help!!
Any suggestions or tips right now would be great!!
Well, it's nearly supper time so I'd better go down stairs. Give my now completely Alan+Johanna brain a much needed rest! So I'll see you later and thanks SO much for letting me pick your brains!
Your 'not a very good romance writer' blogger,