Having just celebrated Valentine’s Day I thought I’d talk a little bit about romance. Yep, the mushy stuff, the scenes that in movies tend to make my 7yo run screaming from the room. Being seven, his movies/TV watching is pretty limited but lots of stories that have action and adventure (that he adores) also have a hint of romance (less adoring – more hiding). We watched Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on the weekend and he asked why they couldn’t have more pirates and things blowing up bits and less hand holding bits.
Most stories have romance, whether it’s part of the main plot or a sub plot. Even if you’re not writing a steamy NA contemporary you’ll need to think about what makes the reader say ‘ahhh…’ and swoon just a little on the inside.
We need a ‘HOT’ or attractive character.
Of course a hot hero/heroine will help but in a book, how do you describe them as hot?
Abs are nice but if you want to describe them you need a good reason for them to exist. If your hero is a trained military type it’ll be a given but otherwise even their hotness needs to be in character. You need a good reason for the book nerd boy to have a six-pack.
Then the character in question needs to be hot from the point of view of the character the reader is living through. SPECIFICALLY. Like in real life (mostly) that attraction – the HOT factor – won’t be simply physical . Think about why the character might be hot (or not) intellectually/emotionally.
These are some of the things I consider when trying to describe a hot character.
Let me ask you? What makes a character ‘HOT’?
I always wanted to write. I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.
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