Friday, September 30, 2011

Two Hearts

"We were given: Two hands to hold. Two legs to walk. Two eyes to see. Two ears to listen. But why only one heart? Because the other was given to someone else. For us to find." - unknown

Isn't that just an "aaahh" sentiment?  Unknown has the best sayings. Two hearts need to be joined as one, but first we must find our "heartmate."  Why is love so hard to find?

The fairy tale is…2 people sitting in a restaurant - they look up - their gazes meet - they fall in love. If only it were that simple. But no, life makes it complicated and writers love to build on those complications.

In the writer's world…2 people sitting in a restaurant - they look up - a waiter steps inbetween - a moment is lost.

Or…2 people sitting in a restaurant - they look up - their gazes meet - they fall in love - and then she discovers it was his family that destroyed her family and forced them to sell their ranch which has been in the family for generations. 

I've been given very differing advice on how to write romances. Advice 1 - write it like a soap opera - they had to keep story lines running for years. In otherwords, get the 2 characters together and throw every conceivable and inconceivable roadblock in their way - while always hoping they will get to the happy conclusion. Advice 2 - the book ends when the lovers fall in love. I tossed that piece of advice quickly.  

In Circles Interlocked, Julie and Robert had already had their love affair then circumstances intruded, and they broke apart for 8 long years. Now the fun begins - watching them dance around roadblocks as they chase happily ever after.

While I wrote this Phil Collins' song "Two hearts" has been running through my head.

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, been busy with edits on Circles Interlocked and then with trying to get her published. I keep hitting a glitch, but I will preserve.

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