In this episode, Leslie and Clark critique the first chapter of The Pick Up, a LGBT romance novel by Allison Temple. They discuss genre, obligatory scenes in romance stories, and romantic conflict.
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Editorial Mission—Lovers Meet
Review the scene in your story where your lovers first meet. Even if your main genre isn’t romance, you can still use the lovers meet scene to set up a love story subplot or to set up the relationship of the co-founders of a business, partners in crime, or best buddies. Write the scene where they meet even if you don’t include it in your story. It will provide insight into how the characters relate to one another.
Consider characteristic moments for both lovers (friends, colleagues); tension created by awkwardness or hostility; how to set up conflict in the relationship given their strengths, flaws, and roles they play; and how to make it memorable for both. Get stuck? Find a model to use: Pride and Prejudice is fantastic.
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