How to Create Instant Conflict by Giving Your Romance a Rough Start
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►Do you worry about your readers rolling their eyes at your romances?
►Does the idea of writing a believable romance make you more than a little queasy?
►Are your romantic characters and their interactions too predictable and boring?
If you have any of those concerns, you're not alone!
Romance readers are a demanding lot. They expect the romantic elements in your story to be, first and foremost, BELIEVABLE.
If you write a stilted, bumbling, unrealistic romantic story, readers will rake you over the coals.
What you need is a way to delay the romance, build tension, and keep readers engaged and interested in what's going to happen next.
How do you do all of that?
By introducing instant conflict in your story between the eventual love interests. Give them a rough start!
I know because I've done the research. I scoured reader forums, blogs, and book reviews looking for what readers expect when it comes to the romantic aspects of stories they read.
One of the biggest problems was getting the lovebirds together way too early. It takes all the tension out of the story and often leads to unbelievable plot development as the story progresses.
The best solution to this is putting them in conflict with each other early. Give them a rough start, then the story can more believably move toward a happier ending.
But then you have another problem...
Among the biggest and most common reader complaints when it comes to romance are fake conflict and needlessly delayed romance.
The problem, of course, is that you, as a writer, need to draw out the conflict. You need the characters to not get together until the end of the story.
That creates a thorny problem for you as you're trying to tell a good story...
You have to delay the romantic conclusion in such a way that you build up the tension and suspense. But at the same time you have to avoid creating fake reasons and phony conflicts that your readers will see right through.
You need VALID reasons for your characters not to get together until the end
You must be able to develop believable characters in believable situations where there are believable reasons for them not to be in "insta-love"!
You need an easy solution to this frustrating problem if you are to have any hope of winning loyal readers who buy your books.
That's why you're here. I've got the solution you need.
I call it...
If you're struggling to keep your lead characters apart until the end, consider giving yourself some built-in conflict from the very start.
Inside 'Rough Start Romance' I'll show you 5 different ways to come up with believable, convincing conflicts for your 'love interest' characters.
These 5 easy solutions will give you the ability to delay the romance in such a way as to please your readers. Your story will satisfy their demand for a realistic plot and characters they can relate to and believe are real.
I'm giving you different types of one-sided as well as mutual rough starts - from oblivious reluctance to 'hate at first sight.'
You'll easily be able to use one or more of these ideas to adapt to your story.
You also get:
►Advice and options for character dialogue, behavior, and specific 'show, don't tell' suggestions.
►Background help - backstory possibilities for your characters to be in a 'rough start' romantic situation.
►Overcoming the problem - some insights on how to get the stubborn characters together after their specific rough start situations.
NOTE: This is NOT just for romance books. You can incorporate what you discover in 'Rough Start Romance' in any genre where you have a love interest that you want to be interesting and believable.
This is brand new. I just finished it after a lot of research and analysis of what readers say they like and dislike in the romances they read.
And I think that's important. This is not my own personal opinion or just a lot of theory.
Everything inside 'Rough Start Romance' comes directly from what actual readers are saying about the books they read. If you write your characters and stories with this knowledge, you'll stand a much better chance of selling more books and winning more satisfied, loyal readers.