ABC’S OF ROMANCE WRITING
A Attraction: If there is no attraction between the characters there is no story.
Author Intrusion: Author telling something rather than the characters
B Black Moment: The ultimate crisis showing the hopelessness of the characters’ situation.
Body Language: Physical responses to emotions, events, people, or things.
Body Parts: Watch for body parts acting on their own.
C Characters: Should be believable, their actions and dialogue should fit their personalities, and should be clearly motivated.
Climax: Raises conflict to greatest intensity, changes course of events.
Conflict: Internal or external or both obstacles the characters faces.
D Dialogue: Should be appropriate for the characters and sound natural keeping in mind the geography, education and age of characters.
Disaster: What deters the character from reaching his/her goal.
E Emotion: Show emotion on every page; make the reader feel it.
External Conflict: Come from events, people, or life changes outside the character.
Eyes: Watch for eyes acting by themselves.
F Fever pitch: Emotionally tense time for the characters where they may act in a manner they otherwise might not have, often later regret their actions.
Flashback: Memory of a scene revealing something essential that happened earlier.
Foreshadowing: Sign of something to come by subtle clues, to create suspense.
G Goals: What the character wants to do long term or short term.
H Hero: Admirable male who struggles to oppose and then win the heroine.
Heroine: Admirable female who struggles with herself and outside elements to find happiness with the hero.
Hook: Ending each chapter so that the reader wants to turn the page.
I Internal Conflict: A problem, emotion, fear or phobia always with the character.
J Justifications: Every scene needs at least three reasons for being included.
K Kiss: The first intimate physical contact between two people who are attracted to each other effecting other parts of the body.
L Lovemaking: Hinted at, graphic, sensual, playful–whatever fits the story.
M Motivation: Why a character does something.
N Name: Gives visualization of the character; should fit character’s personality
Narrative: Unspoken text of story
Nonstop: Write the first draft without stopping to do revisions.
O Omniscient POV: Author narrates, telling how a character thinks, knows, feels
P Personal History: The events, acts, and ideas from a character’s past.
Personality Traits: The visible aspects of a character as he/she impresses others
Plot: What happens as a result of conflict. Develops as protagonist struggles with a problem, involves rising action, finding a solution (climax), and accepting the changes which result
Point Of View: The character who is telling/seeing the action.
Q Quell: Control the impulse to get into secondary characters’ viewpoints.
R Resolution: Resolving all the conflicts in a satisfactory manner.
S Scene: Each scene must have a purpose, a set POV and be fully developed
Secondary Character: Has his own identity and some importance in the story, but is subordinate to the hero and heroine.
Senses: Use in descriptions–visuals, sounds, touches, mood, smells, time
Sensuality: Deals with senses and feelings, romantic things.
Setting: Should be suitable to the characters and conflict, contribute to mood or atmosphere of story, and should be fully described.
Sexual Tension: The force of strong sexual attraction against the equally strong forces of fear and reason; takes place in the mind.
Show Don’t Tell: Having the characters show how something looks, sounds, smells, feels to him/her
Speech Tag: Phrase appended to a line of dialogue telling who is talking.
Subplot: Offshoots of the main plot.
T Title: Should be appropriate and suggest some important element of the story.
Transitions: When there is a change of POV or setting.
U Unity: The story should read as though it were written at one time, by one person, using one language.
V Villain: Embodies evil; opposes hero or heroine or both.
Voice: What is said and how it’s said. Each character should have his/her own.
Vulnerable: Each character should be vulnerable in some way.
W Weather: Reports on the weather are not romantic
X X marks the spot: Where you need to revise
Y You: You the author must write the book from your heart, listening to and weighing suggestions and criticisms of others.
Z Zap: Get rid of infinitives, author intrusions, and viewpoint muddles.