Okay, I’m late. I have NO excuse except I’m just running…late. I was looking for a dress for the wedding. Sandals for walking. That’s my excuse. Oh, and brainstorming. Yes!!! I still haven’t got it to where I want the story to go.
See, in a romance, you want CONFLICT. My hero and heroine are way tooooooo compatible. No CONFLICT. Boring. I’m reading how to add conflict to romantic relationships. I know, I’ve written over 70 books, but sometimes something will stand out and voila, I have it! One blog was talking about misconceptions. Yes, that ploy can work, but not all the time. If they can just talk about it to clear up the misconception, then it doesn’t make for a good ploy. How many times have you seen something like that? Just tell her, or tell him, already!!! And then everything is cleared up.
I watched a movie last night–true story about a cop who was obsessed with a woman and when she’d had enough of his crazy, controlling behavior, she called it quits. He ran her off the road, kidnapped her, and shot her in the head. What I liked about the story was that she told everyone what was going on, but no one believed her because he was a cop and he was telling everyone she was crazy. And then he had a woman alibi him out for everything. Her mom and friends believed her. But the chief of police protected the cop because he was like a son to him. In this case, there was a misconception that the girl was lying. But she was telling everyone the truth! They thought he was telling the truth, though even the chief had to tell him several times to knock it off with her before the cop shot her. She survived, three days out in the woods, by the way, and he went to prison for life. Happily Ever After. But it works. As long as she’s not covering up for his behavior. And he’s a cop, so people tend to feel a cop is more truthful, especially when he’s got a girlfriend covering for him.
Conflict in actions–sure, they help to create forward motion. A volcano erupts, how do the characters react…etc, but what really helps is the emotional conflict. In the stories I’ve written where the characters have really great defined goals, great motivations for achieving their goals, and a deadline to reach them, it works!!!
So in Flight of the White Wolf, she has to fly the private investigator to the backwaters so he can paddle, only he’s not on vacation like he says he is. He’s investigating someone. And she doesn’t want him to investigate her! She was forced to be the getaway pilot during a jewelry story robbery some time earlier, where he was taken hostage when he was a cop. So lots of conflict, their plane crashes–again, and they have to survive that, and other situations, while she’s trying to hide who she is and he’s trying to remember where he’s met her before. That works! It was a fun story!
Or, where the heroine is a bounty hunter, trying to take the hero back for trial after he skipped bail because someone has used his ID to pretend he’s him. Again, fun story, lots of conflict while he proves he’s not the guy she wants, but then again, in a romantic way, he really is. All’s Fair in Love and Wolf
SEAL Wolf Undercover, she’s joined up with a shifter force to find jaguars who have been injuring wolves. He’s after the man who nearly killed his friend, thinking it’s her brother. She’s protecting her brother and shoots the hero. Now we’ve got real conflict. lol And she wants him to join with her and the shifter force to find the bad guy. But he thinks she’s protecting her brother.
That’s what I need to do. Is come up with a totally interesting conflict between the characters…. that is totally brand new!
Okay, I’m off to work at it and getting behind on daily word counts, but I had more promotional blogs to do and I did the wolf logo too.
Have a super lovely day!!! I’m off to brainstorm some more. I refuse to call this writer’s block. It’s just my way of processing until I have a story to run with.
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