Yesterday, my critique partner and I had a chat about a romantic scene I wrote in Covers, the next book in the True Hearts series, and we concluded that it needs to change.
About My Critique Partner
First, let me say that I use the term critique partner loosely. She critics my work, I do nothing for her except acknowledge her in my publications. Let me tell you that she deserves more than that because her comments take my work to another level. Having said that, Christmas might be a good time to show more gratitude.
My Comfort Zone
Secondly, while the scenes in Covers are not the first romantic scenes I have ever written or published, they are the most intense and explicit. I decided to include this type of scene a little more because I’m more comfortable writing it now and the genre, which is New Adult, can totally handle it. Time to stretch that comfort zone.
The Right Fit
Back to the chat with my critique partner. The tone of the romantic scene was wrong. It suddenly switched like it was written a different author or it was a different story. Not exactly what I wanted to hear, but I was not surprised either. I felt it when I was writing it. So how do I fix it? I’m not sure but I’ve started reading a few articles which might be of interest to you too:
- On Writing And Editing Sex Scenes In Fiction
- This is an older post, but everything in it still applies. Sex in Fiction—Do They or Don’t They?
- Great tips for writing sex scenes
- This post is less about romantic scenes and more about expressing feelings of love. Love Letters: How to Spark Romance in a Story Without Using the L-Word
Back To Drafting
Now that I’ve done some research, I need to mash up what is comparable to Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Suck My Kiss” with something along the lines of Kings Of Leon’s “Sex On Fire”. A little humor, a little heat, and a whole lot of intimacy. Wish me luck!
What are some romantic movie or novel scenes that you love? What are some songs that would convey the right mood? I love to hear from you. Leave me a comment.