A friend sent me an e-mail for “Great Karma”. The very first thing on the list was: Take into account that great love and great achievement involve great risk.
This statement had me staring at it and not pushing the button to go on. This is so true in life and in how a writer should go about thinking about a story.
Risk and love-
In life, you give your love to someone but that doesn’t mean it will be taken and you can end up shattered when it’s thrown back in your face.
In a story, you want one or both of your characters to be fearful of committing to the other or loving them- it makes great conflict, but it also makes them vulnerable a trait everyone can relate to and root for.
Risk and Achievement-
In life, everyone struggles to achieve something whether it’s getting out of a wheelchair and they risk falling or they’ve put money into something, or you’ve put all your emotions into a book and you’re looking for an agent/editor/ good review. Risk is something that is always knocking on the door and you can either hide from it and never try to achieve anything or do your best and hope the risk pays off.
In a story, risk is what keeps the story moving forward- it’s the momentum that keeps the character charging to the end and if all goes well they achieve their goal. It may not be the one they first started out wanting, but they end up finding out the risk was worth the reward or sacrifice.
That is the process for writing a great romance. What books have you read lately that the hero or heroine took a risk to love the other?
In my spirit trilogy the spirits risk all they've believed in for season upon season when they fall in love with a mortal.
Paty is a member of RWA, EPIC, and COWG. Wild Rose Press has published nine of her books. Perfectly Good Nanny won the 2008 EPPIE for Best Contemporary Romance. She edited for an e-publisher for four and a half years and teaches workshops at conferences, writers meetings, and online.
You can learn more about her at her blog: www.patyjager.blogspot.com; her website: http://www.PatyJager.net or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/paty.jager.