Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” This verse says a lot about our character as people. Character transformation should also be the basis for your major characters. When our characters transform during the course of our story, we have achieved one of the goals of our story. @donnalhsmith #charactertransformation TWEETABLE
This time, we’ll conclude our series of Getting Inside the Romantic Hero’s Head. Because there is so much to writing a romance. I’ll be getting to some “Nuts & Bolts” of writing “clean” romance while satisfying the reader. It’s not just “chemistry” that brings two people to love. Love is a decision based on factors of attraction. Click to Tweet #InsideHerosHead #donnalhsmith #almostanauthor #writingromance101
For the past number of posts, we’ve been working on various aspects of creating a contemporary story called “Romancing the Rabbi.” Our two main characters are Tovah and Judah. We’ve been looking at both the romantic lead characters. Tovah is a rabbi who lives in Brooklyn. Judah is a CEO who lives in Manhattan, but is originally from Jerusalem, Israel.
We’ve established that the female reader of romance wants to know what the male lead is thinking. It’s important to get inside the hero’s head to know his thoughts on especially the heroine. What is it about the heroine that is attractive to the hero? Is it her looks, her personality, or a combination? And, what will the hero hide from the female lead? Click to Tweet #InsideHerosHead #donnalhsmith #writingromance101
How do you know what a character is like inside? Sometimes, we can see into their persona by looking at their quirks, their interests, and passion. Personality quirks can reveal a character’s personality by showing us a side of themselves not many others see. Click to Tweet #InsideHerosHead #donnalhsmith #writingromance101
Have you ever wondered what the opposite sex is thinking while you’re thinking? Men, as a rule, think in fewer words, phrases, emotions, than women generally do. The key to dialogue in romance writing is to keep it natural and consistent. Click to Tweet #InsideHerosHead #donnalhsmith #writingromance101
In our romance we’re writing, we’ve sketched out the two main characters, Tovah and Judah. Tovah is a rabbi. Judah is the CEO of a multi-national family-owned corporation. The male POV in a romance escalates the romantic tension with the heroine. Click to Tweet #InsideHerosHead #donnalhsmith #almostanauthor #writingromance101
Contrary to popular belief, the male is the key to any romance. The female may be the “lead” character, but the male, and we’ve talked about the different types (alpha and beta) is the key to the romance. It’s also well-known that most readers of romance are women. Women identify with the heroine of the story. A woman who just wants to be loved like the hero loves the heroine. Click to Tweet #InsideHerosHead #almostanauthor #writingromance101