I was working on a special post for the Inspy blog all about my cowboy grandfather. I gathered newspaper clippings and old photographs. I’m so excited to share this with you…and I will. But not today.
I came down with COVID.
Members of my family have suffered through several bouts, but this is my first, and let me just say I’m not a fan. I had no idea what a punch it has. Working has been out of the question. **Cough. Cough. Sneeze. Wheeze.**
As much as I dislike my own plans going haywire, conflict is the meat of romantic fiction. The more I can throw at my characters to keep them apart, the better. Sometimes conflict is built into their characters…who they are as people. Someone who is always late will drive a perpetually early character crazy. A slob will make a hyper-organized person go bonkers. A quiet introvert has no idea what to do with an outgoing people-person. City versus country.
Sometimes we writers pelt our characters with other types of conflicts. Tropes often come into play here. Beauty and the beast. Secret babies. Marriages of convenience. Inheritances.
And then there are the times when we pit our characters head to head. Two characters fighting over one ranch. A squatter who won’t leave the land the other character has purchased. Custody.
And from time to time, authors will throw in the flu.
What are some of your favorite romance tropes? Why do you like them?
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