HoneyI'm getting a late start on NANOWRIMO, but I've got a plan, a plot, and a gimmick, so away I go. I'm writing a romance, because that's my jam. If you know me, you're not surprised. =)
I've noticed from my experience in the writing and reading of romance that there are two integral parts to a satisfying love story. If you forgo one or the other, the story will suffer. I'm likening these two parts to honey and wax. The wax is the structure of the beehive, or honeycomb. It's a necessary part to the honey making process. (Listen, this is not an exactly technical metaphor, so don't over think it.) The honey is the liquid gold, the sugar sweet we crave. It's the goal. I notice that when I write romance, I focus a lot on the honey; the sweet parts, the sexy parts. The stolen glances, the butterflies in the stomach, the steamy kisses. Because those are the fun parts to write! So I forget to build my waxy structure of plot, setting, and back story. I ignore all the little worker bees (side characters, sub-plots) who make the honey possible.
And that's a problem because if you've ever read a romance that's all honey, they kind of suck. They might be mindlessly entertaining and fun, or induce a temporary sugar rush. But as with the basket of Halloween candy on top of my fridge, you can only have so much before you feel gross and realize that what you're consuming is cheaply made crap. You realize how unsatisfied you are despite how much you just horked down.
I posed with honey, just for you.
So what then does all honey romance look like? A few examples-
The characters have very little to occupy their time and thoughts besides their intended love interest. They don't have conflicts, goals, or responsibilities outside of their honey boo-boo. Or if they do, they are not given enough weight in the story to compete for our interest. The world of the story seems to revolve around the romantic duo, and all side characters are sucked into this orbit and lose their autonomy. Or one of your characters is too freaking good to be true and achieves little to no character growth in the story. One could call this "Edward Syndrome."
These things are delicious to read, but will induce sugar comatose if not balanced with other details. So...you've been warned...watch out for honey or whatever.
Now stop distracting me. I need to write.
Last modified: 2018-11-13 08:53:03
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