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Happy Love Month & Happy Writing! ~Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

valentineI posted this last year, but it’s worth repeating: How do we characterize love in your writing?

Because, if you’re a writer, you must. It doesn’t have to be sex but it has to take readers that direction, right to the edge of the cliff. Yes, you can leave the lurid details out, but let readers peek over the edge.

How do you do that? Start with a few decisions:

  • Is it platonic?
  • Is it unrequited?
  • Is there conflict?
  • Is it lust disguised as love?
  • Is it serial love? Or one-of-a-kind?
  • Is it kinky or traditional?
  • Does love bring joy or sadness–or misery?
  • Is the manifestation of love baby-ish or mature–goo-goo eyes and saccharin words or Paris vacations?
  • Is love verbal or silent?
  • Is this love constructive or destructive? Flowery or brutal?
  • what part does the spiritual play in the emotion–or is it uninvolved?
  • Is it a subplot or a…

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Comments on: "How to Characterize Love in Your Writing" (23)

  1. Gret tips for writing a February Love Month read.


  2. AN excellent breakdown of the Love theme. For me it is a subplot, but it is also somewhat forbidden.


  3. Interesting post, Bette. I’m all for showing love but more for “implying” anything stronger. Too many grandkids and greats reading my stories!


    • I’m with you, Mattie. Not only for the grands and greats, but in reading that’s my preference too. Thanks for stopping by for a visit and chat. Have a wonderful week! 🙂 xo


  4. Thanks for the reblog, Bette. Love your community.


    • Delighted to share your fabulous post, Jacqui. Great questions to get us thinking about LOVE and a perfect time to share it. Happy Writing and Happy Love Month! 🙂 ❤


  5. All the questions in this post are so evocative! Thanks for sharing Bette. 🙂


  6. Thank you for sharing! Interesting post.


  7. Thanks for sharing!


  8. Thanks for a very informative post.😍


  9. Love this! Many thanks for sharing, Bette! 😉👍


  10. suzanna said:

    Some great points in this post. Thanks, Bette 🙂


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