|The picture that launched a thousand sighs...|
|♪ Can you feel the love tonight? ♫|
As a newbie writer, I'm noticing that there seem to be as many treatments of the romantic scene as there are authors. Contests often request that you show both passion and sexual tension, and/or other emotions. My question is this, does this moment really have to be so complicated? What if this moment is describing a perfect day between the hero and heroine - a moment early in their relationship, before everything goes to hell in a handbasket? You know - the scene that will replay in the character's minds during flashbacks? I understand that context is very important in storytelling and as a result each scene will have its own unique characteristics; some scenes will have greater felicity and others more pathos.
I'm still writing toward my big love scenes in my first novel, and since it's a young adult story, I can't get too racy, but I will build carefully to that first big "love connection" between my characters. In so doing, I expect that my treatment will be much like a Jimmy Thomas photograph; the anticipation of the moment will be slightly greater than the consummation of it. How do you treat your big moments in your writing? Newbie writers need to know! ☺