If writing a book (and getting it published) is a video game—think especially of any racing game—there are obstacles, ramps, curves:
I would rather re-do a run, which I knew I could get through, than get frustrated by attempting a more challenging run and failing ... We’re our own harshest critics, right? Supposedly this means that we constantly strive to improve. However, those perfectionists might also be holding ourselves back.
How the hell do I bring myself to get up early in the morning? How do I keep going when my lungs and legs want to give out? What about when I'd rather read all day?
This book-lover, with her G-cup breasts, have started running. Eek. By god, dear reader, I am not an athlete, and this is not a fitness blog, but I have a few ideas about why I, a sedentary writer and reader, am motivated to run.
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Sometimes a bad guy has more appeal than the hero, especially if the so-called villain is as ruthless in his pursuit of the heroine as he is in achieving the rest of his goals. Here are fivescience fiction and fantasy movie villains whose characters could become enthralling romance heroes, given some moral fiber.
Romance canon, such as Romeo and Juliet or Beauty and the Beast, are used as inspiration because of the stories' integral depictions of love. They are allegories or "formulas" that our culture has almost unanimously but silently agreed on.
When the hero's former lover/mate/wife died, making him leery of falling in love with the heroine. He doesn't want to suffer the pangs of love and/or loss and/or betrayal again.
Dragons in fiction have evolved in the way of vampires, supernatural villains that once threatened and preyed upon maidens have become the heroes of paranormal romance. While a fantasy realm might seem like a draconian hero's natural habitat, there's an abundance of shapeshifting dragon aliens. What's up with that?