Sexual tension is a social phenomenon that occurs when two individuals interact and both or one feels desire, but consummation is postponed or never happens.
Other thoughts: It’s about the separation between a man and a woman as if there is a rope taut between them. And like the surface of the water where every move sends out a ripple.
When this emotion is one-sided it makes for a fascinating plot. How will he change her mind? Will she eventually return his feelings? Is she unaware of his feelings and gives him a hard time? Is she attracted to him, but he has eyes for somebody else?
In Christian novels we show it begins with a strong attraction for that special person. From there it may move to a physical wanting. This conflicts with the Christian’s code of morals. Now that creates a whole lot of tension. Yet Christians do have that inner guidance from God to enable them to resist such strong temptation. But sometimes they make mistakes which leads them to seek forgiveness.
How on earth does the writer bring them together? That’s where one scene after another unfolds. Without explicit sex, but with each building on some frightening situation or disaster throwing them together in a way that would not normally happen. Or sending them into another's arms that is so wrong for them. Now how does a writer solve a mistake like that? Oh, so many possibilities.
* Right now I have a teaser of an idea for my next novel in which I am bound to make use of the aforementioned. And I’d love some opinions dear friends ... writers or readers.
My problem: My leading lady does not talk. Now I can’t make up my mind if it is because of:
1. 1. a physical accident
2. 2. a traumatic experience
3. 3. a dangerous situation where being able to talk puts her in jeopardy.
4. 4. she can speak but chooses not to in order to get her own way about something
5. 5. any other reasonable reason?
It’s vague, I know, and yet I have to know why she won’t talk to get on with a plot. And of course, she won’t tell me….I am only the writer. ( By the way, she lives in the late 1800s.)
Have you ever been faced with a roadblock like this before you got into, or during your story?
If you have a great idea, please email me at ritagal (at) optusnet (dot) com (dot) au and I shall be extra happy to mention your input.
Like all romance writers, Indie publisher, Rita Galieh loves to feature sexual tension in her historical romances. She is now preparing another trilogy. Women With Spirit. Book I is finished, Book II is still undergoing its final editing. But Book III is not cooperating. That is, a heroine who refuses to talk!
Besides in print, each book of her Victoriana trilogy will be available online about mid-late February. For details see: www.ritastellapress.com .