This week's writing epiphany: It's time to get more down and dirty with the love scenes.
To be honest, it hadn't even occurred to me that I wasn't creating enough sexual tension between my characters. I'm not in the romance novel space, so I didn't think I needed to have salacious encounters between my characters. Plus, I always thought that sexy scenes were unavoidably fraught with cliché. But then two things happened to me this week to change my mind.
Firstly, I downloaded the book SLAMMED by Colleen Hoover to my KOBO. It had been on my 'to read' list since coming back from the Digital Book World conference in NYC, where everyone kept referring to Ms. Hoover's book. So I was eager to read it to learn a thing or two about her success. The book was also in the New Adult category, which made it even more interesting to me since this is the space I think will work best for my first novel STUCK.
So guess what happened when I turned on my KOBO at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night? I pulled an all-nighter and read the whole damn thing in one shot. When I had finished the book at 3:00 a.m., I sat back and tried to figure out what, exactly, had kept me reading. Yes, the book was good but it had to be more than that. Then it hit me -- I was waiting the whole time to see if the main characters were going to end up together. There was so much sexual tension throughout the book that it kept me reading and anticipating the ending.
The second thing that changed my mind was an interview I watched with Jackie Collins, one of North America's most successful romance writers. It was the morning after my all-nighter and I was sipping on my second coffee only to almost choke when Ms. Collin's described in detail the opening sex scene of her new book THE POWER TRIP. She had no problem at all with the subject matter (obviously, since she's a romance writer) and she said the story demanded the sex and so did her readers.
Lesson learned: Honour the characters and the story line, and give the readers what they want!
And so, I spent the past week delving back into my book to spice up the scenes between Odette and Henri, and of course, between Odette and her beloved doryman, Ben.
Hooray for love triangles!