Today is Valentine's Day. And over the weekend, I attended a marriage conference and read a romance novel. Is it really surprising that I might have romantic tension on my mind?
Besides romance novels, most novels have a romantic thread. Some of those threads the reader can feel, and some fall flat. I decided to gather some resources to help with making romantic tension feel more real.
Author Karen Weisner writes a great summary of 20 steps to writing great love scenes on Fiction Factor. I especially like number five, her explanation of "exaggerated awareness". Worth the read.
Barbara Bretton, another author, shows the difference between sexual chemistry and sexual tension, and shares the secrets of creating page-turning romantic fiction.
Maholo has a comprehensive article that includes a ten-minute video on including romantic tension in your writing.
And from the queen of romance herself, Nora Roberts, comes a fascinating article on crafting romantic suspense.
What makes the romantic thread in a novel "real" to you?