Screenwriting: How To Write a Romance Scene
At some point in time, screenwriting will require a romantic scene. These are the scenes that when well done, will make the audience cry. The audience tends to experience the scene with the characters instead of just watching. Great romantic scenes will last forever and be referenced for years and years. These movies will easily turn into classics.
Step 1: Comfort
Romance does not necessarily mean writing a scene that is bursting with sex and lots of skin. If you are not comfortable reading something that is explicit, then you will have difficulties writing such a scene. You can kick things up a bit. Read several different types of romantic scenes and determine what best fits your writing style.
Step 2: Studio Guidelines
While it is important to write for what the audience wants, it is not necessary to change everything just to what the studio wants. Try to make the romantic situation fit the characters. The level of intimacy in the story will depend on the hero and heroine. A very erotic romantic scene is not appropriate for a teen romance. Just because it sells in movies does not mean that it is appropriate for the story.
Step 3: Make It Real
While writing a romantic scene is difficult, it is not more difficult than writing any other type of scene. While movie romantic scenes are not really normal, it is important that the scene could happen in real life. It just rarely does. It is those scenes that watchers remember and dream about someone doing something similar for them.
Step 4: Exaggeration Awareness
This is very important for romance films. Basically, the watcher knows that these 2 characters were fated to be together through exaggerating the sexual tension between the characters with every touch and look. Then, finally when the tension cannot last, the romance reaches the breaking point. Basically, emotion needs to show through on all encounters. A movie only has about 2 hours to show an entire romantic relationship, so get if off on the right foot form the very beginning.
Step 5: Word Choice
As with the level of intimacy, do not use prose or other phrases that make you as the writer uncomfortable, as this tends to feel forced. Just because this is an emotional scene does not mean that prose is required. Instead, start using the different senses such as hearing, touch, seeing, taste and touch. See what the characters are saying, and use a different sense to depict that emotion or phrase.
Step 6: Set the Scene
Think about how you would get in the mood for a romantic scene and then use this. If necessary, actually set the scene yourself--light some candles, play romantic music, anything that helps to get the romantic thoughts flowing.
Step 7: Humor
If humor works in the scene, then use it. Sometimes too much romance can turn into a sentimental moment that gets sappy. If the humor fits the situation and the character, then use it to ease some of the tension. Many memorable romantic scenes are memorable because they also make you laugh.