I’m a romance writer. At the heart of each of my stories is a man and a woman who fall in love and entwine their lives together. When thinking through a book’s plot, I’m all about the action. Action is quick. Immediate. I understand action. And, even if I do say so myself, I write it pretty darn well. The other part of a story? Well…
I remember writing a love scene once and I sent it off to a beta reader. She informed me that it was a good scene. There was tension. The Tab A/Slot B mechanics weren’t robotic. There was good dialogue and it certainly read sexy hot but…
There wasn’t any true passion. No…heart. These were two people who had a sexual attraction, came together to scratch their mutual itch, and when morning came, they’d part ways. In other words, it read like a one-night stand, rather than the beginning of a passionate affair that would define them for the rest of their lives. I rewrote the scene. I reached deep and I found the emotion–the heart of each character. The scene turned out to be pages long and there was so much emotional give and take, so much more than the physical part–the action–in the scene as I rewrote it that I truly came to know both the hearts and minds of the characters.
I need to print out this bit of advice from the Universe and keep it where I can see it. When writing romance, it’s all about the heart.
In all battles of the heart over the mind, go with your heart.
Because, truly, Silver, it’s a lot easier for your mind to catch up with your heart, than for your heart to catch up with your mind. A whole lot.
Not that I don’t love your mind, Silver.
Writers, hearts or minds when you write a story? Readers, which grabs you first?