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Puhew. Vallie’s Day is past, I can wipe the slavers re all these first kisses—yeah getting a lot of romance writers in one place certainly makes for some hot reading. And when the media, all these nice little boards I made for them, comes up blank..well… Time for a Janet

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Sounds a bit like a cocktail—

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So of course it’s love after that first kiss….Right? I mean this is romance.  This is the hero and heroine.  So it has to be. But keeping it going is where the Gin, Martini and Cointreau of romance writing comes in. It’s the cocktail it’s so easy to  forget to savor to the full when we write.   As I said last post, romance writing is simple asconv

…..RIGHT?

Hmm. Let’s start with the plot.

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With 

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And let’s not forget……

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Now…….

Chapter one.

Well no. Because actually all of that was

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Why? Because it’s forgotten the vital Gin, Martini Cointreau ingredients, what the story is really about, that is your two leads and their goal, their motivation and their conflict.conv

These are people of wealth ..ahem and taste…ahem ahem…

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These are the overall goals. But as the story progresses, goals change as do conflicts. It’s a useful rule of thumb to start each scene asking yourself what is the gin, martini, cointreau? What does each character hope to gain and stand to lose here by the interaction with one another? That can be something quite ordinary.

Saff goes rooting in amongst Dev’s things convinced he’s hiding opium from her. In fact what he’s hiding not only leads to the mother and father of all rows, but leads to the pivotal moment in the next scene. conv

Within the outer conflict, you have the inner conflict.

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Substantial stakes are story drivers.  But they’re not the only ones….. conv

We all know it’s going to be love in a romance. And maybe it is love even after that first kiss BUT we do need a reason to keep reading. I am pantser when it comes to writing but I do believe in getting the cocktail and the checklist out prior to starting chapter one. The wine too!

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