Coffee Time with Kara: Insta-Love



Good morning! Coffee Time with Kara is a new, weekly feature here on the blog where I–Kara Leigh Miller, Editorial Director for Anaiah press–will share tips, tricks, and secrets about writing, querying, publishing, and everything in between. So, grab your cup of coffee and get comfy…



It should come as no surprise that romance is my go-to genre. It’s generally what I write, and it’s my favorite to edit. And I read a LOT of it–both for pleasure and as the Editorial Director for Anaiah. The one mistake I see more than any other is insta-love.

Insta-love is often referred to as love at first sight. Books with insta-love usually have the characters falling in love the moment they meet or shortly thereafter. It’s often accompanied by lots of swooning and mooning and declarations of undying love. There is no gradual build or time spent developing the relationship. It is, quite literally, instantaneous.

While it seems like a romantic concept, it doesn’t work in fiction because despite being a “made up” story, there still needs to be a certain level of realism. There is also that pesky advice of “show don’t tell.” Simply telling readers your characters are in love means squat. You need to show them, and the only way to do that is to show the relationship develop and build to that big “I love you” moment. Let it progress slowly and naturally. I promise, your readers will thank you for it.

Be sure to come back next Monday when I’ll be talking about the Five Query Essentials. In the meantime, if you have any questions or have a topic you want me to address, leave it in the comments.

Keep on writing 🙂

~ Kara

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