Romance Editor Chris writes about the importance of longing in fiction.
Longing, that earnest and persistent desire, is the core muscle group of the Romance Genre. Everyone has felt it; some of us exercise it more than others. We’ve all experienced longing in our everyday lives. New parents long for six hours of uninterrupted sleep (though they’d settle for three). Workers long for recognition, or for respite. And all of us at one point or another have longed to stretch out times of splendour… or to obliterate times of sorrow.
“Echo and Narcissus” by John William Waterhouse (1903)