Sweet Romance Panel
“So what makes a good romance?”
Writing Highland Fling has been a fantastic learning process for me. When I think of lesbian romance, I now have the following quick check list in my mind:-
A clear focus on the two characters falling in love. It’s all about them. With their story fully resolved.
“You want to fall in love with them” characters you can admire or can be attracted to. Characters you can invest emotionally in. Basically if they’re not fanciable in some way readers are not likely to care.
Conflict, both internal (what they’re thinking), and external (what they do) – the energy that drives the story.
A happy ending. Readers expect that despite all of the agonies or uncertainties on the characters’ road to love, there will be a happy ending, that their feelings are safe in the writer’s hands.
Sexual tension –…
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