Writing

The role of romance

I’m writing this post as part of WriYe’s Blog Circle, and the full prompt for February is “the role of romance in your novels.” As an author of romance, I’d say it was an intregral part, heh.

Why though? In most romance novels you have two characters who belong together. Most of the time they’re unaware of this. Good characterisation gives them a belief or wound that prevents them from pursuing relationships – be that romantic or familial. A romance charts not just how the hero and heroine (or variation thereof) get together, but how the situation they find themselves in challenges their false perceptions.

In TIN CAT, while Amber has a fantastic support network, she doesn’t believe that love can happen to her because her boyfriend left her. He couldn’t cope with her being in a wheelchair. When Grey enters her life, she imagines he’ll be the same but, despite not having much experience with disability (he comes from a future time where science and technology means it’s mostly invisible) he sees Amber and not her chair.

Meanwhile, Grey is carrying guilt over “causing” the death of his previous ward. Even though he’s being punished for his failure, he doesn’t consider himself worthy of reparation. Keeping Amber safe heals a large part of that, but it’s her acceptance of him as he has that does more.

Obviously, I’m not going to go into further detail – you’ll have to read the book! – but the reason Grey’s travelled back in time also effects the relationship. It’s what pushes them together and also is the crux of the conclusion.

In short, romance is integral to my plots, both as part of my characters’ development and as the relationshop element. It’s important to me to strike a balance between the romance and the action, and to keep the story moving forward.

Plans for 2022

Having hit my word count goal in the second worse year of my life, I’m weird hopeful about my plans for 2022. I put plans into place in December; from more coaching sessions to a writing retreat, all designed to further my writing career.

In Progress

I’m bringing two WIPs into 2022: Small Majicks – a fantasy romance – and what I’ve been calling “the #BeefBook” on Twitter – a contemporary romance that’s currently title-less.

Publishing

I’m hoping to get the #BeefBook out this year. If I manage to publish Small Majicks, that would be a bonus. I’m also planning on having rights to both Amazing Grace and Archangel returned, with a new to re-releasing under my own publishing name.

Year Goal

I’m aiming for 250,000 words, which breaks down to 685 a day. I can write that in less than an hour, meaning that I can hit my writing targets and have time for personal projects (including learning the guitar!) I’m also aiming at writing every day, even if it’s just a couple of hundred words. Keeping that chain going is actually a bigger goal than the 250K