Tag Archives: romance

In the Name of Love

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

While I’ve been test driving the theory that clutter aids creativty (more on that in a few weeks), I’ve been struggling with the need for romance between two of my characters. Seems fitting that at the same time we ushered the new reading challenge–the first theme being attraction– that I would also be struggling with how to create attraction in an authentic way. Continue reading

Practical Prompt 3-2-16: Attraction Part 3

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

For our February “Learn to Write By Reading” challenge, we invited you to examine books in which authors did a great job of building the attraction between two characters.

Now, apply what you learned to your own manuscript. Write a scene in which your two characters finally act on their feelings for one another. What might they say or do to express those emotions?

Practical Prompt 2-24-16: Attraction Part 2

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

For our February “Learn to Write By Reading” challenge, we invited you to examine books in which authors did a great job of building the attraction between two characters.

Now, apply what you learned to your own manuscript. Write a scene in which the romantic tension between your two characters builds. How might you use dialogue, setting or body language to amp up that tension?

Practical Prompt 2-17-16: Attraction Part 1

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

For our February “Learn to Write By Reading” challenge, we invited you to examine books in which authors did a great job of building the attraction between two characters.

Now, apply what you learned to your own manuscript. Write a scene in which your two future love interests first meet. What might they first notice about each other (or, if you’re writing from one point of view, what might one character first notice about the other)?

Learn to Write by Reading: Attraction

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

Successful writers say it all the time: To be a good writer, you need to be a good reader. So we challenge you to read more and to read outside of your comfort zone.

This month, in honor of Valentine’s Day, read a book that does a masterful job of handling attraction between two characters. Below are some books we recommend, but feel free to chime in and offer other options to our readers. Then stay tuned for some practical prompts based on our Reading Challenge that you can apply to your own writing.

Alicia – The Raven Ring by Patricia C. Wrede
Laura – If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Megan – A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Naomi – 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
Stacey – Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell