The Rhode Island coast cradled the couple, as ocean waves lapped, and a sunset smeared before their eyes. Another couple strutted hand-in-hand for a nighttime walk in New York City, as lights danced and fluttered around them. Love birds sniffed rows of roses in an enchanted English garden below crystalized blue skies.
What love stories and romantic adventures are you writing about this month? February can be a perfect time to experiment with this question and push yourself to write an unexpected love affair.
It is said that you must pick your words wisely. Writers are some of the best expressers of language. This February, select some of the best words to enhance your love stories. This post will help you to kick the ordinary words to the curb.
Here are some suggestions to get you started!
Entranced may sound like an old-fashioned word, but it certainly aged perfectly. There is beauty within the word, and within its pronunciation, there is a delicate ring to it. Yet, to say someone is entranced by another is quite beautifully powerful. Which of your characters became entranced first?
Starstruck and starry-eyed. Starstruck is not just for the celebrities anymore. Life can spontaneously offer us glimpses of someone who makes us pause and feel as if the world has slowed to a pace no one ever imagined possible. In what place was your character first starstruck by their crush? A grocery store aisle? A town meeting?
Affectionate is a warm word. It can describe a scene, an atmosphere, and a character’s trait. In what ways can affection bloom from the scene you are writing? How can your characters display affection and amplify their love affair? Being affectionate toward another is not a puppy-love term.
Intimate is a silver-like word for me. The delicate word can act as a charm to a scene, something beautiful to help further describe love. Intimate presents something a notch above special. It can be rare and unique. Giving your characters an intimate relationship is a step, a leap, perhaps, for some. There is joy within the word intimate and something exciting to be had.
Pinstripes and plaid. Chiffon and silk. Intricate, while frequently used to describe fabrics and patterns, a type of comparison can be used in regard to love. Is that bouquet of daisies creating a paisley atmosphere?
Picturesque can appear when a camera is far from present. Picturesque love will look differently from couple to couple. It is the minuscule moments to the monumental ones, both the expected and unexpected. If a camera were to be positioned in front of your characters, what would the snapshot show? Depict those scenes and imagery to the reader. For your characters envision what a row of Polaroids would look like.
Candid imagery can still produce picturesque scenes. When writing love stories, your characters should be portrayed as a bit vulnerable. Love can cause people to act rawly, displaying their true selves. This doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. Poor qualities are not always the features that are stripped and seen when love is at its finest. If you are aiming to record a bitter breakup, then candid displays can showcase those bad qualities.
Intoxicating likely depicts a scent that pricks one’s nose and captures their attention with a snap of the fingers. What other aspects of a character’s love interest intoxicates them?
Her shirt sleeve that rubs against his arm? His hand that presses into her leg? What enticing movements, including the subtle ones, can be performed to provoke an intense flicker of feelings inside your character?