Spring Thaw: Romance From Enemy To Love

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?




About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

8 thoughts on “Spring Thaw: Romance From Enemy To Love

  1. Beth K. Vogt says:

    One of the newer ones I like is The Proposal — wow, could the hero and heroine dislike (hate) each other more? Didn’t Andrew call her Satan’s Mistress or something like that?

  2. Loved The Proposal! And it’s the only one I can think of. lol. Will have to think about this. Great post!

  3. Melissa Tagg says:

    This is a really fun post, Michelle. I love the move “His Girl Friday.” Old black and white movie about a newspaper editor and his ex-wife/former reporter who reunite for one last story. The ex-wife, played by the fabulous Rosalind Russell, can’t stand her ex-husband, the always wonderful Cary Grant. But we see her thaw against her will throughout the movie. (It’s also a movie that dramatically changed dialogue…Howard Hawks is a genius…best dialogue ever…)

    Ooh, I loved The Proposal, too!

  4. Ashes says:

    This…helped me so much!!! I am struggling to write this series of five books (with romance simply on the side for now) and I needed to make this extremely serious young woman who has obviously had a rough past and this goofy guy somehow work through this knife-at-the-other’s-throat stage. This really helped me through that writer’s block! Thank you!

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