Romance is More Than Valentines
By Nancy Lee Badger
Hearts, flowers, candy? Giving or receiving gifts on Valentine’s Day is wonderful, but romance is more than store-bought goodies. As writers, we need to fill our books with sexual tension, kissing, touching, and all the senses. Some feel that sexual scenes ‘show’ love, but many writers use other terms to paint a picture of their main characters falling in love, and heading toward their happy ever after.
Have you used all the senses?
Sight: unlike a television show or motion picture, you need to ‘show’ your readers what is going on and where. I read books that sometimes do not show me a character’s hair or eye color. Are the trees green, or aflame with fall colors? What do the character’s hands do when he walks closer? Is the ballroom dark and steamy, or brightened by crystal chandeliers?
Touch: When a character touches something, the reader wants to know what it feels like. Be it the cool, damp wall of a cave, the silkiness of a woman’s ballgown, or the hard, hot length of a penis, readers need you to ‘show’ them with words. Sexual tension includes kissing which brings us to…
Taste: What does a kiss taste like? Is there a hint of the coffee she just sipped? Is his skin salty from a recent dip in the ocean? Do you write using metaphors? They can work, such as ‘After a day lost in the woods, the grilled cheese sandwich she offered was as delicious as a rib-eye steak.’
Sound: Sound can also set the stage, or help describe a location. The horn blast from a passing freight truck, the whisper of a nearby hummingbird, or even the train-like rumble of a threatening tornado gives your readers an idea of what is happening, or what is coming toward the characters.
Smell: the basics-smells can describe food, body odor, animals, vehicles, and sex. Yep, sex has a uniques smell from either sweaty skin, damp sheets, or ejaculation. Does your character smell the rain on the horizon? Disgusting smells can hep describe the setting, even if the character is stuck in a dark place. When writing, close your own eyes, and inhale.
That’s it for today. A fragrant bouquet of roses is fighting my senses against a slice of delicious chocolate cake. I am watching a recorded show filled with Safari animals growling and hunting. The cold steel of my fork is heading toward that cake so…
Nancy’s latest release is a contemporary romance, With Every Kiss. ‘An artist bored with the city life and a Manhattan lawyer itching to escape his father’s control wind up in a New Hampshire campground. A coincidence? Not likely!’
More About the Author
Nancy Lee Badger grew up in Huntington, New York and has fond memories of growing up on Long Island. Her life changed when she attended college in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After meeting her husband at Plymouth State, and raising two handsome sons, Nancy moved to North Carolina where she writes full-time.
Currently the president of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Nancy is also a member of Romance Writers of America, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, and the Triangle Association of Freelancers. Connect with Nancy: Blog Website Twitter Facebook