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Two Cups of Naked Time
Writing romance, for me, is about writing what women want. It’s about the ideal, the happily-ever-after, the perfect ending. So the recipe looks a little something like this:
1 sexy, slightly damaged hero
1 almost, but not quite, perfect heroine
½ tsp of UST
1 GIANT, no-way-around-it-so-we’ll-have-to-go-through conflict
2 cups naked time*
Pinch of angst
And a whole lot of Happily-Ever-After
Gently fold slightly damaged hero into not-quite-perfect heroine. Sprinkle on UST and angst; knead thoroughly. Add GIANT, no-way-around-it-so-we’ll-have-to-go-through conflict. Mix that all up together in approximately 55,000 words, add your Happily-Ever-After and you’ve got yourself a romance novel.
*If you prefer, add a third cup of naked time for an erotic romance instead of a contemporary romance.
I get that this recipe isn’t for everyone. That’s the beauty of fiction – there’s something for everyone and it doesn’t all use the same recipe. The difference between baking and noveling – aside from the cleanup – is that in baking, you can’t just substitute rice for the flour in your chocolate chip cookies. In fiction, you can alter the recipe and the results still come out good (usually).
Now, if you need a recipe for real life romance, you need a few other things.
1 babysitter – preferably a grandparent who can keep the kids overnight
1 ‘sexy times’ play list - mine is title ‘Doin’ the Hibbidy-Dibbidy’
Half a dozen candles – vanilla is an aphrodisiac
Finally, something new to wear - the kind of something you get at Victoria’s Secret or Fredericks of Hollywood.
If you need instructions after this point, I’m afraid you need more help than I can offer here ;)