Do you have this rule that you have to keep the "courtship", character developement etc going until a certain chapter before they can show romantic interest or kiss/makeout/have sex?
Like, you would never have two characters kiss by chapter 5, or chapter 10 or something before for you, you think that's too soon?
Do you like to draw out the tension REALLY far into the book, like to chapter 20 or 25 OR even 30 if your book is huge? Or do you prefer having characters jump right on in, in chapter 10 or 12?
I'm just curious, as I've been writing for years and I used to jump right in fairly quickly but now I find myself insecure about it, and try to draw out the character developement longer so that the reader actually see's it as a realistic time frame.
Sorry if this doesn't make sense, it's 9am and I haven't slept in forever because I was pounding out chapters for a deadline. x. x
Most Helpful Guy
Well that's the thing about books, drawing out the characters to long to give the user a realistic sense of time can actually have a negative effect in some cases you can always have short to medium time skips in order to get them farther ahead in character development and then later on in the story write short flash backs that can fill the gaps that you previously had.0
Most Helpful Girl
My word of advice.
Don't draw it out too long. I have a bad habit of taking too long to get the point of a story and that's where I get stuck, trying to fill the gap.
Generally with a romance book (let's say twenty chapters long) you will find that the love interest is introduced between the first and fifth chapter, and unless it's a book about getting the boy/girlfriend, the romance will have started by the seventh or eighth chapter. There will be a crisis or two by the tenth chapter that won't be resolved until maybe the seventeenth chapter and then the last three will be used to tie up any loose ends.
This is just a general thing though that I picked up reading amateur romance books. I haven't read a proper, actually published book in so long I've almost forgotten what editing looks like.1
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