It's the first Wednesday of March. You know what that means. If you don't know what that means, you need to hustle on over to Alex J. Cavanaugh's blog asap and check it out. Welcome to the Insecure Writer's Support Group!
My topic this month is Character Chemistry- Just like in the real world it's pretty apparent when that spark between two people is there or it's not. When it's there, ZAP! It hits you like lightening. If the chemistry between two characters is well written, the reader can't help but get sucked in and vested in the relationship too. A reader (like me) will find themselves zooming through a hundred pages in what seems like a couple of minutes, without even realizing it. And there is just no way you won't go running out and purchasing or downloading the sequel, you HAVE to know what happens between character X and Z, right? But on the flip side of that, when there's zero chemistry between two characters, nothing stalls a romance faster. Talk about boring! It's the equivalent of being on a date with someone you feel no interest in. Wicked uncomfortable, right?
My fellow insecure writers, what do you do when you feel like things are just not working between your characters? How do you turn it up a notch? Personally, I'm a huge fan of writing exercises. Sometimes, the right one, can really help you out of a slump. And honestly, even if they don't particularly help, I don't think the practice could ever hurt. Does anyone know of any other techniques/suggestions to help light up that chemistry?
What two characters come to mind when you think of INSTANT CHEMISTRY?
Oh my gosh I have so many! But some of my favorite couples who have chemistry in spades:
*Mac and Barrons, Karen Marie Moning
*Cat and Bones, Jeaniene Frost
*Rose and Dimitri, Rochelle Mead
*Grace and Sam, Maggie Stiefvater
*Karou and Akiva, Laini Taylor
*Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester, Bronte
What about tele shows? People will tune in week after week just to see what happens between the main characters wondering if or when they will ever hook up:
*Buffy and Angel (OK, maybe it didn't work out so well for her when she hooked up with Angel, but its still one of my favorite episodes)
*Bones and Booth (I realize this is kind of like listing Angel twice. Just consider it a David Boreanaz squared bonus.)
*Scully and Mulder
*Carrie and Mr. Big
Don't read or write romance? That's OK friends- drop me a comment about who your favorite couples are from tv and/or the movies and why. For those of you who do write romance, have you ever had the chemistry stall between your characters? How did you write you way out of it? I'd love to know~ Jaybird
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