We are the 6th in the chain before us are Aimeelaine, Charlotte49ers, AuburnAssassin, Breddings and *RomanceWriter*. The rest of the participants are listed below I encourage you to follow the provided links so you may see what they have written. Here now our contribution this time written by Simone for Claire is grading exams.
I'm for the most part a character writer, so I find my lead [hero/heroine] then my story flows from my understanding of who he or she is. This works well for a romance if the protagonist cooperates, only they don't always. Hence...
The Spectacle or The Absurdity of Courtship in Print When Your Heroine is a Wise-ass
Let me set the stage. England 1820. It's early morning and first light is consuming the last of the remaining night. A tortured young woman, unable to sleep, emerges from the side door of an ideal Dover cottage and descends the cliffs through a familiar path for the beach where she will watch the sunrise.
In the distance is a man, running on the beach barefoot with his magnificent horse at his side. He is beautiful, golden mane flowing in the wind, his Greek-god body moving effortless towards her and the presence of the animal there obediently at his side adds irresistibility to his mystique.
The female lead all but swoons when he stops in front of her and offers up a slow charming smile. They are old friends. She is, of course, well out of her mind in love with him, and how could she not be for Christ’s sakes? The man is a beast of a romantic ideal. There with his horse, smile and body.
We have arrived at the spectacle bit to which I was referring to in the title.
The two share a meaningful exchange on the state of the world, literature, art or whatever it takes for the reader to get their sigh on, then he kisses her. It is soft, passionate, tender and masterful… in a word, perfect.
Now, my dilemma for this is about the time when my heroine mocks him for falling victim to the romance of the setting.
Absurd, yes, I see that for I write romance and having my heroine be a cynical wise-ass does not serve my end or hers for he gets irritated then rides away on his magnificent horse leaving both of us in a lurch. Now, I’m swearing to anyone who will listen that I’m going to drown her in the icy waters off the coast of Dover if she doesn’t shut up.
My love, my care,
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