Thanks, Sally, for giving me the letter ‘B’ (and a sleepless night!) with which to contribute to your A-Z of romance writing.
These, then, are my 5 ‘B’s, and I’ll start with what is probably the most obvious, and finish with the one I tend to think one of the most important, of any letter in fact.
‘B’ is for Boldness. In the writing itself. I think it’s important, particularly when you’re writing about the emotions of other people, to let go of your own perceptions and not be held back by what you yourself believe to be right. If your MC believes something that goes completely against your own better judgement, so what? Go with it, explore it, don’t be afraid to talk it up; it’ll make your character more believable and far more rounded. If you then feel the need to prove them completely wrong by way of an intervention of a (more sensible!) character, whose opinion they value, that’s obviously fine too. But I think you need to be bold, to not be afraid to give your characters a different dimension and a different viewpoint, and best of all, to enjoy the ride through your own ideals!
So there we have it, my 5 ‘B’s for romance-writing. Thank you for reading.
If you’re interested in seeing any of my work, Maid of Oaklands Manor – (historical mystery/drama, published by Piatkus Entice and shortlisted for the Readers’ Choice award 2013) is available from Amazon.