Karalee’s Post #104
With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, love is a topic that many people are either hiding under the covers to avoid talking about it, or doing other stuff under there that gives love the freedom of expression.
It’s got me asking whether fiction stories need love?
My initial response is “Of course not. They don’t all need love.”
On the other hand, when I think about it, I can’t remember a story I’ve read that didn’t have some element of love in it. Very few had scenes with hot-and-steamy go-for-it-sex described in detail. And truth told, seldom is it necessary to tell all.
Love though, doesn’t have to mean romance.
Love can be between a child and her mother. Between siblings, or friends, or cousins, or any other family members. What about your pets? Dogs, cats, horses, etc? Remember Old Yeller? or Black Beauty?
So what is necessary for love? How does it get into every story?
Only two things are needed.
Put two people together and there will be some kind of relationship. Good chance it won’t be a loving one, but every character has a history. Since attachment is a basic human need, a necessity for survival in our infancy, somewhere along the line your character will have experienced love with someone, and if not a human then with a pet that had provided nurturing along life’s journey.
Your character’s back-story is what has made him (or her) who he/she is. Love will always be in there somewhere, and how your character acts or reacts will reflect that relationship in some form.
What do you think? Does every fiction story have some thread of love included?
I read Jami Gold’s blog. I loved her post this week and you might want to check it out too. It’s about the romance genre in general and titled, Is “Love Conquers All” Realistic?
Did you know that after this year, the next time we can celebrate Valentine’s Day on a Saturday is in 2026? That must be the reason my husband can’t book a restaurant table that he wants in Vancouver this weekend! And it’s not only because he left it until 3 days beforehand…
Writing Progress: Good progress reviewing my very rough first draft.
- I’m almost finished setting up my new office space. It’s got a great ambiance so progress is a must.
- Went wedding dress shopping last week with my daughter. Great fun!
- Organizing photos for said wedding. Memory lane is a huge distraction, but tons of fun!
- Feeling guilty about avoiding getting my tax stuff done….
Treats eaten: homemade chocolate pudding x 2 (small and delicious!) but only after a large salad. It all helps!
Movies/TV watched: getting into the series Selfridges. I’d like to watch what Joe is into as well, Better Call Saul.
Books reading: Gabor Maté’s In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts.
Perspective Photos taken this week: