How to Write a Memorable Romance Scene

by Michelle Griep, @MichelleGriep

Nobody wants to admit to
reading romance novels. Those are for the trashy sort, the kind that hang out
in laundromats, the losers with awkward social skills who don’t have a hope of
ever snagging their own happily-ever-after. Right?
Wrong-o bucko.
Besides that statement
being politically incorrect and highly intolerant, it’s also a huge
misconception. In fact, romance novels are and have been some the hottest
selling books flying off the shelves. So rest at ease if one of your guilty
pleasures is snuggling up with a romantic tale. In fact, I just wrote a
kissy-faced scene today and had to stop and think about the actual nuts and
bolts of romance. And since I did all that brain work, thought I’d share . . .

Go for the ooh-la-la-la
thrill of it all—but keep a leash on all that passion.
Let’s get this one out of
the way first, shall we? When people think romance, they think
smoochy-smoochy-touchy-feely, all twangy in the tummy and fireworks sizzling along
every nerve. Of course should include such descriptions if you want to reflect
human beings, not robots, but don’t overdo it, especially if you’re writing for
the inspirational market. Sprinkle in physical sensations like a pinch of salt,
flavoring the scene with intimate vibes without crossing the line into explicit
mind images.
The feeling of being
cherished/wanted is mandatory.
A really romantic scene
plays on the deep need everyone has: that of being desired for who they are,
not just for what they look like or what they do. True romance is being loved
even for your warts and toenail fungus. Yeah, that’s a tough kind of love to
exhibit—but it’s also a primal need in all of us.
There must be a hope of a
secure future with this person.
Romance isn’t just about a
one night stand. It’s about feeling secure, a peace and a hope of a bright new
dawn. There’s a reason for the phrase happily ever after. It makes
our hearts grab some pompoms and cheer.
Make use of an outer release
for inner feelings that have been building.
Think of this as the
Christmas morning of all scenes. The culmination of what the reader’s been
waiting for. The tension that’s been building inside the characters must be
finally released in a tangible way. Your characters, the reader, and even you
will heave a contented sigh.
Next time you’re crafting a
romantic scene, make sure to include all four of these elements. It will
connect with the reader on a deeper level than just a simple kiss. It will
connect with their heart.


How to Write a Memorable Romance Scene by @MichelleGriep on @NovelRocket #writing

4 Elements to include when you’re crafting a romantic scene by @MichelleGriep on @NovelRocket #writing

Romance is about feeling a peace and a hope of a bright new dawn. @MichelleGriep on @NovelRocket #writing


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Author Michelle Griep

Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of historical romances: The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, Undercurrent andGallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.the next level.