Wannabe Writers is a weekly event held by Sarah at Confessions of the Un-Published.
Where I am in the writing process: Since I just did last week's wannabe writers yesterday, I'm in about the same place. About 46,000 words in. I'm hoping to get some writing in between loads of laundry today.
My current problems: My current problem will probably stay the same over the course of the next three odd weeks or so. We're closing on a house on Wednesday, so I am going to have a hard time fitting writing in with all the work that we need to do before we move in!
My question this week: Writing Romance? How to develop a relationship out of thin air and make it believable? (And not just lust)
In my current WIP, two of the characters have liked each other since they met, but complications prevent them from getting together right away. I tend to write romance as I do any other new relationship in a novel, the characters get to know each other, and then things develop from there. I enjoy building a certain amount of romantic tension between characters, so when they finally do get together, the reader is generally excited. I'm not talking about 400 pages of lead-up to the actual romantic event, but a little tension can go a long way. I generally don't write two characters meeting and fireworks going off the second they lay eyes on each other. It is a believable device-but only when used sparingly.