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What the Heart Longs For



Blog – What the Heart Longs For

While writing this I was reminded of the lyrics to the Guy Mitchell ballad:
“My heart cries for you,
Sighs, for you, dies for you,
My heart longs for you,
Please come back to me.”

Dictionary.com defines LONGING like this, based on the Random House Dictionary published in 2013:
“A LONGING is an intense wish, generally repeated or enduring, for something that is at the moment beyond reach but may be attainable at some future time: a longing to visit Europe.”

For me, a LONGING is the hollow feeling I get in the pit of a stomach when I finally accept my deepest desire is unattainable.

LONGINGS come in all forms, whether whimsical or real:
• The constant longing to lose weight.
• The impossible longing to be taller, shorter, or happier.
• The unrelenting longing for a permanent home.
• The foolish longing to be a millionaire.
• The permanent longing to be loved.

Be aware, a LONGING too long unfulfilled can lead to depression.

In Gone With the Wind Scarlett O’Hara longs for Ashley to love her the way she loves him. For the war to be over. And for freedom from the fear of starvation.

In Mobey Dick, Herman Melville’s novel about a seaman and a whale, every November when the weather turns cold and drizzly Ishamel LONGS to sail and takes to the sea.

In my latest erotic novel release, And You, Virginia, Are No Lady, Virginia longs to spend time with the private eye she had a crush on in high school, the school bad boy, despite the knowledge going out with this employee of her law firm could get her disbarred.

Will her longing make her lose her hard-earned place in the community?
Or will Virginia find a way to have her cake and eat Gabe, too?

And You, Virginia, Are No Lady is available for download here: http://amzn.to/12MtT9w

On Writing Hot

Do you like Fifty Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day’s books?

Have you tried writing one? You might surprise yourself.

I know the hot novel I’m currently working on is going in the right direction when I find myself squirming in the seat as I write. The more squirming I do, the tighter the sexual tension I’m writing, even when I’m writing a sweet romance.

You do not have to be describing a love scene to make the reader squirm. Put two people attracted to each other in the same room, do a good job of describing the dance they do leading up to some future first kiss, and you’ll have your readers squirming in their seats.

Both E. L. James and Sylvia Day are masters of describing this dance.

Things like:
He smiled.
She touched her hair.
He cocked an eye-brow.
She moistened her lips…

These simple well-placed actions can have your readers squirming in their seats.

Have you ever heard Linda Howard’s present one of her excellent workshop on Sexual Tension, The Twelve Stages of Human Intimacy? She nails the steps we all go through without realizing it whenever we meet someone new, male or female. We have all been guilty of checking out a man from across the room, or of flipping our long hair off our shoulder once we’ve caught his eye. These are all part of the sexual tension dance couples participate in that leads to intimacy.

Deepak Chopra has narrowed the dance down even more, listing what he calls the seven stages of love, attraction, infatuation, courtship, intimacy, surrender, passion and ecstasy. These are the backbone of any good romance, but stretch out the infatuation and the courtship by making your attracted couple do the sexual tension dance and the rewards are multiplied for the couple doing the dance in your novel, and for the reader rapidly turning the pages while he/she reads your book.

The intimacy, the surrender, and the passion leading up to the ecstasy and the resolution are all the sweeter because the couple has done the dance while your reader has squirmed in her chair while reading your book.

I try to exploit my character’s sexual tension on every page I write.

Check out my new website for a sample of hot writing: