What’s the recipe for a great romance?
Here are five must-have ingredients.
First of all you need substance, like the flour that lends weight to a successful cake. Any good story gives you something to chew on. Engaging incidents keep readers interested. They bond with vivid, entertaining, relatable characters. An entrancing setting adds to the overall appeal. A unique style makes the reading process a pleasure. And a solid plot that comes to a satisfying conclusion is mandatory.
Second, you need something to help it all hang together, in the same way that eggs solidify your baking. For a romance, this comes from the traits that make the lovers right for each other. Their differences and similarities may cause a tug of war before they draw them together. But in the end, each finds in the other just what they most need to stay together and be happy.
Of course you’ve got to have sweetness. The poignancy of love is as vital as the sugar or honey in a luscious pastry. It melts on the reader’s “palate” and gives the story its emotional kick.
A sprinkling of surprises perks up any tale, just as dried fruit and nuts or chocolate chips enliven a cake or cookies, and yeast or baking powder make it rise. You don’t want every bite to be the same. A startling twist or a witty conversation adds excitement.
And finally, of course, you have to add just the right touch of spice for the story you’re telling. That might be the barest hint of heat, just a little brush of thrills. It could be positively scorching. As with any spread of delicious concoctions, tastes differ. Judging precisely the right spiciness is part of the art.
Put those all together though, and you have a romance as delicious as the finest confectionary.
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