Saturday, 6 December 2014

How to Write Romance?

The answer to the title is, I have no idea. That is the truth!

So this is a post I have been wanting to write for a while. The question/thought floats around when writing. And I really don't know! 
Being a writer, this is the most awkward of them all!
I'm that 16 year old girl that has never been kissed (or anything like that) I have chosen not to date till I'm older. (Like my late teens, or twenty's) Though that does not help my case with the whole "writing that romance stuff" 

Picture source Pinterest 
Over the course of writing Clandestine, there has been two kissing scenes! Yes, two kissing scenes. I am going to have to say, they are amazing scenes. For someone who has never been kissed, or hugged, (I've been hugged by my guy friends. But the buddy type.) 

I had been talking to my friend Diana, (who also writes) I was complaining about how hard it was, while I was sitting on her bedroom floor writing my second love scene. Lucky for me, she agreed with me. I just love it when friends can help share those struggles... I asked her how she did it. And the answer was pretty simple: She reads lots of books, so she already had the general idea of how to write one. 

(My kissing scenes are not sloppy. Its just a kiss, noting more. Thought I might put that out there.)

Tips for writing them:

  • Read lots of books: This will help you get the gist of how to sentence one such scene. Describing words, feelings and other such notions. 
  • Watch movies: Now I know that might sound lame. But watching films will give you a feel for it. See how the characters act in the romantic situation. Over NaNoWriMo and writing Clandestine, I watched lots of romantic clips on YouTube. And oddly, they really helped! 
  • Listen to music: I like listening to music when writing. Though some people don't. But for me I do, so when it comes to these scenes, I listen to the love songs. *Coughs* Taylor Swift.... Oh and Christina Perri!
  • Seriously, don't worry. Write from the bottom of your heart, wish the best for your characters. And you can always rewrite later. :)    

That's all I can think of at the moment. Let me know what you do when coming to these scenes?! I would love to know what others do with this. :) 



    *is the seventeen year old who has only been asked out over facebook by a guy that came into subway*
    *apparently guys like it when you make them sandwhiches*

    1. Oh my goodness, I totally get you there... The only time I was asked out, (Like ever) was over Facebook! :/

  2. I try to avoid kissing scenes in general, personally, the longer I putt it off, the more tension there is between my characters *evil grin*
    I guess it will have to be written eventually, but in the meantime, I will keep these tips in mind.

    1. Tension is great! And I agree, might as well do it when you are comfortable. :) :) :)

  3. We are in the same boat! I'm 17 and don't date and never been kissed by a guy or anything (and I'm okay with that...) I will admit though I do have kissing scenes in some of my novels...nothing more than that but still...but I totally thought the first one I ever did was difficult and it wasn't even much at all LOL (in that scene it was a quick little kiss. Tis all :P )
    but yeah...reading helps too. cause a lot of times there is always at least one couple/pairing in novels and such but anywho....these are great tips Rachel! Wooh! :D

    1. Thanks for sharing your empathy :)
      It is hard. The one thing I try really hard to achieve is to still keep my characters pure at the end of the day, and the scenes innocent. :)
      Thank you, hope my tips helped in some way! :)