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October 07, 2011


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Similar to your experience, I fall in love with my characters when they are secondary characters. They capture my interest by being so ecentric that I know there's a mystery behind their outrageous behavior just begging to be explored. But the clincher, this-is-love-moment, has something to do with the sadness I feel about the contrast of those mysterious characters being alone at the end of the story when the hero and heroine get their happy ending. There's something in me that says I have to fix this! LOL

I'm pretty sure the attraction between myself and this "new" main character is strong enough last over the long haul of a novel, but I'm way behind on my matchmaking duties. LOL

Donna Cummings

Melissa, secondary characters do have the freedom to snatch our hearts away. LOL And I got a little sad thinking about them being alone at the end of the story -- I hadn't thought of that before! It is like matchmaking. LOL

I think my brain gets started on their stories when I get a little stuck with the main characters. (In fact, I wrote an upcoming blog post on this topic just yesterday. LOL) They can seem a lot more appealing when we're not mired in the details of their story.


I usually write short stories so it has to be love at first sight with me.

The character usually has something important missing from life which attracts my sympathy. It might be a child who is missing a parent or a woman who is lonely and searching for a partner.

The courage and ingenuity exhibited in resolving the issues help to form characters that I can fall in love with.

I think that description is a strong feature of my writing, probably derived from much professional scientific writing. For love scenes however, or that moment when attraction is sparked, I find that a softer style is important.

Rather like dimming the lights and using candles for a romantic dinner. One has to turn off the spot light and allow the conversation and action to become dreamy, imaginative and full of latent warmth.

Of course no-one has published my stuff so what would I know? LOL

Fascinating as always Donna *smile*

Donna Cummings

Q, I think I fall in love a little slower. LOL Maybe my characters take a little longer to show themselves, but once they do, then I fall, and I fall hard. :) And you're right about their courage and ingenuity being part of the reason why.

I also like your notion of turning off the spot light when it comes to love scenes. That's a great description (yes, you ARE good at that!), and I think it pulls the reader in even more, increasing the intimacy of those scenes.

Thanks for your comments -- you always give such great food for thought!

Kari Marie

I love it when that happens. It's the little things! I have a couple of characters that I felt the same way about a while back. Now I can't get enough.

Donna Cummings

Kari Marie, isn't it amazing? I miss my characters sometimes. And since they have more FUN, I'm also envious of them. LOL

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