With Valentine’s Day coming up this week, this is a perfect opportunity to use this global day of love to help you with your romance novel or short story. Read on to find out more:
Use Valentine’s Day as your Story’s Setting
Are you looking for a way to introduce one of your main characters into your story? How about using Valentine’s Day as the day for a dramatic introduction?
Alternatively, perhaps the ending of your story could culminate on Valentine’s Day?
Use Your Plans as Inspiration
Rather than the usual intimate dinner for two, do you have something different planned this year for your wife, husband, girlfriend or boyfriend? If so, how might you be able to incorporate this activity to help thicken the plot of your romance story?
Use Your Feelings
As you consider your plans for Valentine’s Day, what warm feelings or love and adoration does it evoke in you, right now? How can you use these sensations to help convey the strong bond between the two main characters in your story? Allow the words that describe how you’re currently feeling to pour out as you type away on your keyboard, or write on a piece of paper to really capture the affection in your work.
Remember When You Were Younger
Valentine’s Day experiences from when you were younger can give you great ideas for your current story. Young love often has an innocent quality about it. How can you incorporate this innocence into your writing?
Did you do something really special when you were younger for the person you loved, which made either him or her melt? Perhaps you use this experience in your story.
Don’t Forget the Bad Experiences
Although Valentine’s Day is a happy occasion, you might have experienced a particular Valentine’s where you were heartbroken. Although, it is never pleasant to recollect such memories, what happened to you can be powerful storyline you might want to add in your novel.
Consider whether the bad experience you had can be used as a barrier which one of the characters from the main couple in your story has to deal with it. It might just form the perfect emotional turmoil, which will give your story an edge.
Use Other’s Experiences
Maybe you have a friend or family member who has shared his or her plans for Valentine’s Day that is really unusual. Maybe the uniqueness of this idea can help you to make your story more endearing, yet exciting at the same time.
Use the General Valentine’s Day Buzz
Valentine’s Day has a special buzz about it. Messages about this day are all around you, from friends, family and colleagues talking about it, to watching commercials on the TV and coming across gifts in shops.
Perhaps you can use what you are hearing about Valentine’s Day in your environment as dialogue that will be used by the characters in your story. Of course, what you’re seeing around you about this special day can feed into the setting of your story.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]https://writingtipsoasis.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/hv1.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Hiten Vyas is the Founder and Managing Editor of eBooks India. He is also a prolific eBook writer with over 25 titles to his name.[/author_info] [/author]