Writing romance is fun, because it's neat to see how two characters interact in a situation in which nobody's ever really comfortable. What would have to happen for these two characters to even have a relationship, and would that relationship last? And what if there were more than just the two characters involved?
Normally I try to avoid the Designated Romance. I fill a pot with characters and if some of them click, we've got a stew. As I'm working out how to write a historical romance (well, half-historical), though, I'm trying to answer a few questions about the characters who are the designated romancers so that it develops naturally instead of being thrown together by Plot.
How a character approaches romance is a great way to define a character. Does the character enjoy the chase or the success more? Is he a quick thinker? Does she let momentum build the relationship or does she actively take it to the next level? What annoys them? What makes them happy?
Also, you get to write Sexy Sex Scenes, so that's always fun.
Just in case you didn't see this coming:
"(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight"
Ah. That's...stuff. Good ole' Vice City.
Stewardess, book me on the next flight to Love! Yeah! (rockin' guitar riff)
Sorry sir, you've been bumped. But we can offer you a complimentary flight tonight. What airport are you going to?
250 words? Yes
Book "Lived Too Long To Die" - writing the middle
Book "Fire in Khartoum" - outlining
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