Spring is one of my favorite times of year. It’s a time of new beginnings and crisp air. The reminder that the cold hard season of winter is gone.
As much as I love spring, there is one thing I don’t love. Mud. It gets on my kids shoes and then my floor, it clings to my minivan and globs in my yard. No, mud I could do without. So, the first sign of spring thaw is bittersweet.
That we are done shoveling, bundling up and warming our cars for twenty minutes before riding to church is definitely a perk. Still, spring thaw is messy.
For those of us who write novels with romance, spring thaw can give us a few tips to writing the enemies to love type of story.
What does spring thaw have in common with love that grows between enemies?
*It starts out frigid. If you are attempting to start the characters from a place where they can’t stand each other, make sure it is a total freeze. The greater the extreme cold, the more drastic the transformation. It should ooze off their body language. Consider using words that reflect a frozen perspective in your scenes at the beginning of the novel.
*There are days of fluctuating temperature. After starting at a place of winter, there are days that fluctuate in temperature above and below freezing. It can be the same for our characters. Once in a while, they see a bit of warmth that elicits a response. A small crack in the armor or small show of consideration. This is a bit of a herky, jerky journey.
*It gets messy. Once the warmer temperatures are here to stay, the mud becomes a constant companion. In our novels, once the characters realize that they are no longer enemies, they begin to wonder exactly what they are to each other and what to do about it. It creates a messy awkwardness in the scenes.
*Flowers and Showers. The earth begins to thrive with life and new beginnings. Flowers begin to grow and the rain falls. In your novel this new friendship transforms your characters as they begin a relationship that shows hints of promise in the little seedlings that sprout, but there is also lots of rain or emotional difficulty to continue to grow the relationship. Uncertainty is a very strong component.
*Blossoming of Life. When the spring showers have worked their magic, flowers begin to bloom and reach toward the sun. In romance, once a commitment is made and love is realized the love blossoms into something beautiful.
*Test of Strength. The strong summer storms destroy weaker plants providing more room for the strong to thrive. In your novel, this is the stage of testing and weathering storms together. If the new love survives it will be stronger for it.
What is your favorite movie or book with a enemy to love relationship?