Margaret talks about the importance of novel endings
The ending of a romance is as important as the opening pages. No matter what has happened, what trials our heroine and hero have gone through, what obstacles have been in their way, it is vitally important that everything is resolved before the inevitable happy ending.
Achieving this is not without its problems. Heroes and heroines face difficult decisions. Always there is the seemingly unattainable. Their first meeting is rarely a happy one. We tread their path with them as they go on their voyage of discovery. There are many ups and downs and the reader is sometimes left thinking there cannot be any future for them. How can they possibly overcome their differences?
It is up to us, the writers, to make sure they do. Our characters need to accept that they must change, that they need to give a little. Heroes in romances are generally (but not always) men at the top of their profession, who live a life of luxury, who treat women (perhaps) as commodities. Not necessarily deliberately but their wealth has made them a little wary of the opposite sex.
It takes a long while for them to trust a woman, to wholly trust her, they’ve had too many disappointments in life. And so the path of a romance is with the hero learning to trust his woman, but also, equally as important, for the heroine to earn that trust.
There is the inevitable ‘black moment’ before hero and heroine finally confess their love. And I’m not talking simply about admitting it to each other, but to themselves as well. It could still be a long time before they let their feelings be known.
The joy of writing a romance is going on this voyage of discovery with the characters, living it with them, being sad when they are sad and happy when things go well, especially when everything comes together at the end. I’ve had tears in my eyes but also many smiles. Many feelings of satisfaction.