Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A little romance

Michelle Paige Holmes taught an amazing class at the LDS Storymakers Conference on spicing up the romance in your writing without going into the danger zone. She used clips from favorite movies and songs that had us all sighing, "Ahhh."

A couple of tips that really resonated with me.
"What your hero does is more important than how he looks." This is so true in fiction and in life. Watching my honey play catch with our boys or stop and change some stranger's tire or plow through that list of honey-do's is even more attractive than his six-pack abs used to be (though I still have a picture to prove he had them).
"The hero is focused oh so intently on the heroine." Don't you love when you feel that in a book, movie, or real life? Everyone wants to feel like they are special and sometimes when our husbands forget it's nice to read about!
"What is the impossibility that seemingly can't be overcome?" This is one of those things that makes romance so wonderful. Love conquers all. We could probably all use a little bit of that in real life - focusing on the love and why we love that person and getting past the obstacles.

Michelle is an amazing romance writer as well as a sweet and inspiring lady. Check out her books here.


  1. Thanks, Cami! You're awesome. It's fun to have known you through the years, way back from the time we were newbies in URWA together. Next year I expect YOU to teach the class on how to balance all those hours sitting in the chair writing, with staying physically fit like you do! It's inspiring to the rest of us struggling for that balance.

    1. You are so amazing! You look great so I doubt you need any advice from me.
      Good luck with your wedding,

  2. I agree that what a husband/boyfriend does is so much more important than how he looks. And that's what I like in a book. If the author focuses on what the guy looks like, or woman for that matter, I don't connect as much as I would if it was more about his/her thoughtfulness.

    And I don't like when they step over the line into the danger zone. That's TMI for me!!

    I'm going now to check out Michele's books. Thanks for the link.

    And congrats on your wedding Michele!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Vicki! You will love Michele's books. They are some of my favorites.

  3. Great insight! So true too. You can only read so much about tall, dark and handsome before you start skimming. But those thoughtful deeds or devoted attention is riveting in a plot.

    1. Very true! I also love it when the hero isn't perfect-looking but still attractive.


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