Love, Lust and the Bard


How do you create a convincing love story? How do you portray the unending emotions and the passion that ensues? Don’t get me wrong, writing a romance or an ‘adult fiction’ book is the furthest thing from my mind but I have started to wonder what makes a convincing romantic strand of your overall narrative weave.

In I Cast Magic Into the Darkness, my characters Lucas and Aly have a deep love bordering on a soul connection but I worry that I put too much emphasis on this. I’m writing the novel so that the emphasis is on this connection they have. Since Aly is the current, and penultimate, reincarnation of the Angel of Death she is fated to bring Death and suffering to everyone she loves so the fact that nothing has happened to Lucas so far is a miracle to her and she’s desperate to hold on to that. I fear I am constantly repeating myself on different aspects of the relationship, I am unsure how to balance it as I only want it to be part of the main focus instead of the entire main focus.

Another aspect I’m unsure of in my novel is the love scene. I have tried to write it showing the beauty of their coupling and the obvious love they have for one another. It is quite a descriptive part of the writing but I used soft and delicate vocabulary to show it wasn’t just some random sordid love scene thrown in there for the Hell of it. I worry it sounds corny though, almost stereotypical in a story revolving around a couple and the connection they share. I will keep on with it in my editing process however. It’s just something else to concentrate on while I try to establish the bond they share 🙂

A great example of a romantic fantasy filled with destiny is Christine Feehan’s Dark Carpathian series. She adds in so much wonderfully fantastical aspects to her story that it is not so obvious that the stories mainly revolve around a Carpathian seeking their lifemate. A great example of a story with romantic notions is Holly Lisle’s The Secret Texts series (book review of the first book Diplomacy of Wolves to come soon). This story mainly centres around Kate Galweigh, who is a shapeshifter, and the plight of her family and everyone she comes into contact with. This story mainly has a fantasy theme running through it but the aspects of love are still there.

Have you had the same problem? I don’t want my novel to be repetitive; I want the love my characters share to be outstanding but not over take the entire novel. Could anyone give any advice? 🙂


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