To the point though, in my opinion the very worst part of being an author is how I feel right now. I'm sat looking at my laptop trying to find the next word, the next sentence, the next chapter... and I'm at a complete loss. I know where I want my characters to end up, I know where I want them to be and I know where they are but I have no idea how to get them there. Now before I complain a bit more, I need to say that as much as this is my least favourite part of being an author it is also my favourite. I know that's ridiculous right? but it's true. There's something amazing about the journey an author goes on with their characters with all it's twists and turns. Truth is some of those surprise plot twists take us authors by surprise just as much as our readers.
It's not a simple equation. From the very first chapter we know what our desired outcome is: x and y to be together but they have to go through so many different things to get to that desired outcome and sometimes even the author doesn't know how they will get there.
Everyone knows that most romance books follow a simple structure. There's always a beginning, a crisis and a climax (or several...) and there are so many things that have to change and adapt throughout the story. Both the male and female protagonist have to develop, grow in some way not to mention their feelings for each other. Shit. That's a lot of responsibility for an author. You have their entire life in your hands. Their happiness is solely dependant upon your pen.
There is so much they have to go through before they can finally have their happy ever after and it can all be a bit overwhelming. First they have to meet and there has to be tension; plenty of sexual tension and loads of it. They have to build their relationship even though they are surrounded by conflict some of which really really threatens everything they are trying to build together. There's moments of deep commitment and moments of no return and the stakes are constantly being raised as they put more of themselves into their relationship, willing to make personal sacrifice for the other, then it all goes to hell, all up in smoke as they hit upon a crisis and it all seems lost forever until they are able to overcome whatever it is holding them apart in a powerful moment of love conquers all!
The most important thing is conflict. I'm currently working on the History series. Andrew and Clara have more than enough conflict to go around. In Andrew's own words they have a history full of fuck ups. To Clara he's the boy that bullied her at school - not a good start to any race, especially not the one where the goal is to win the girl's heart. They've got a long way to go and it's a privileged to take them there but at the moment it feels forced like maybe I'm pushing them in the wrong direction but I know I'm not. I just can't find the right words to take them where they need to be and I'm beginning to wonder if it's a question of perspective. Maybe I'm starting in the wrong place. It's possible. It's probable. Problem is I dream my stories... they are in my very blood.
Well if love conquers all in the end, I can promise you that Andrew and Clara will find their happy, I just need to trust the characters with their own story. They know it better than I do. Be the first to know when Deleting History is released when you sign up to my subscribers list. Happy reading. Don't forget there's a whole chunk of free romance available to my subscribers. I'm a big fan of free gifts.