Novel Boot Camp – Lecture #13: Handling Romance
Full disclosure: I am not much of a romance lover. In fact, I rarely enjoy romance even as a side plot. This is mostly because it is typically done in a way that is so shallow, predictable, and annoying that I want to throw the book (or throw up). That said, I have edited a few romances over the years that I truly enjoyed because they had fantastically lovable characters and conflicts that were different and unique.
So here is my best advice on writing a romance that even I (and my fellow non-romance-lovers) will enjoy.
Don’t be Disgusting
No, not that kind of disgusting… I’m talking about the really disgusting part of romance – the mushy-gushy lovey-dovey, OMG I love you sooooooo much kind of disgusting.
You don’t want your readers’ eyes to roll back in their heads with exasperation, nor do you want them gagging into their e-readers…
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