10 Things To Consider When Writing The First Kiss In A Romance Story #MondayBlogs #ASMSG

 

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The first kiss between the hero and heroine is a huge turning point for a romance story. Up until this point both the hero and heroine will have been denying their true feelings, casting smouldering looks and giving each other weird tingling sensations.

As the writer / author you will have been busy chucking a myriad of life obstacles at your characters, designed to keep them apart and to keep your reader guessing about when they will get their romance fix.

However, there will come a point in the story where the hero and heroine will suddenly find themselves in close proximity of each other. Hearts will start to gallop, hopes will get raised, temperatures will rise and your reader will be standing on their sofa, book in hand, screaming “JUST KISS HER!”

The first kiss is important for a number of reasons:

  • It advances the plot.
  • Gives the reader an indication of how strong the romance between these two characters is going to be. The reader may need to clear their social calendar for the next few evenings if the first kiss is sizzling (nothing worse than socializing when there is a hot romance unfolding in your book).
  • Gives the reader some useful character insight, depending on the character POV.
  • Sparks a change in the characters post kiss. They will want to overcome their life challenges and follow their heart after this.

Here are some things I think you should consider when writing this important part of a romance story:

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8 Signs You’re Not Ready To Quit Writing #MondayBlogs #AmWriting #Writer

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You have your reasons for quitting writing; it’s too hard, you’ve come to the conclusion your writing is unlikely to bring you fame and fortune, nobody wants to read your work or even your best tweed writer jacket no longer fits you. They all seem like great reasons to quit.

The only problem is that you are displaying some important signs and these signs indicate you’re not ready to quit. If only you knew you were wasting valuable time and energy telling everyone about your intention to leave the creative world.

Here are the signs you need to watch out for:

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How To Act Like A Writer With A Bad Cold #SundayBlogShare #WritersLife #Writer

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Have you ever wanted to know what it is like to be a writer?

Are you currently battling against a heavy cold?  Sneezing, coughing, shivering and feeling a bit grumpy?

Why not take this opportunity to act like a writer…. with a nasty cold?

The important thing to remember is that writers will still experience high levels of creativity whilst suffering with a heavy cold.

Here are my top tips on how to act like a writer with a bad cold:

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12 Difficult Things You Need To Accept About Being A Writer #AmWriting #Writer

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Here are some difficult things about being a writer, which are hard to accept and may cause you to take a few solitary walks in the rain:

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How To Be A Happy Writer In 2017 #MondayBlogs #MondayMotivation #Writer

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I started 2016 with a miserable writer look on my face (similar to a bulldog chewing a wasp) and I ended it with a smile. As the year progressed my writer happiness levels increased.

Based on my learnings from 2016, here are my top tips on how to be a happy writer in 2017:

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10 Things You Ask Yourself After Rewriting Your Draft Novel #Writer #AmWriting

 

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Ever rewritten a draft of your novel?

Now, I am not talking about revising a couple of chapters…I mean rewriting the ENTIRE draft!

I have just finished rewriting 73k words of my draft novel, so this post has been based on my experience.

For noting, this is my current mental and physical state. Swap brunette hair for blonde.

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I want to go out and wrestle with the silly person who advised me to rewrite it…oh..um..I have just remembered I came up with the idea of rewriting it. Sigh!

Here are the things you ask yourself after rewriting your draft novel:

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How to Act Like a Writer on Christmas Day! #SundayBlogShare #ChristmasDay #Writer

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Do you dream about being a writer?

Why not act like one on Christmas Day?

Stick a pencil behind your ear, tuck a blank notebook under your arm, grab a silly festive hat and start acting like a writer on Christmas Day:

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How To Survive Making Your Characters Suffer #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting

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Have you ever had to inflict pain and suffering onto a character who you like….a lot?

Have you ever tipped a bucket full of ‘life hell’ over your character and whilst you were doing it felt like you were betraying an old friend?

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Writer Fear: ‘Will I Be Able To Write Another Book?’ #SundayBlogShare #Writers

 

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This deadly literary fear starts towards the end of writing your first proper book. I say ‘proper’ because nothing I have done up until now feels like what I am working on currently.

So whilst gripped with fear, a little voice inside you whispers ‘can you do all this again?’ and quickly follows it up with ‘maybe you are just a one and done author?’

The fear starts to grow inside your mind…

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Author Interviews -Allie Potts @alliepottswrite #AmWriting #Writer

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Welcome to my weekly blog series – Author Interviews.

Every Saturday I get to interview inspiring authors who let me into their creative world. I get to hear how they overcame tough literary challenges, the highlights from their book writing journey and their answer to the big literary question –  what do they wear whilst working on their literary masterpieces?

This week I am joined by author and blogger Allie Potts. She describes herself as a ‘writer, geek and a constant self improver.’  I read her book ‘An Uncertain Faith’ last year and struggled to put it down, so she has been on my author hit list for sometime.

I do love Allie’s Twitter profile which reads ‘my Twitter activity may sometimes seem all over the place, but that is just how my mind works.’  This reminds me of how I approach Twitter.

Please welcome Allie Potts!

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