Hopefully, because of it, we find that special someone to spend the rest of our life with.
Still, take it from me, dating isn't always the cat's meow; it may even be the dog's bark, but there is something blissfully enchanting about writing a romance where pieces of your own dating fit it, whether these experiences be good or bad.
Years ago I published a short story on the dating experience I'd had with what was to be my future husband. The story? Some Day My Kiss Will Come.
I have also written books with a bit of romance in them, though honestly, romance (the truest of the true romance) has never been my cup of tea.
But when I've needed the first kiss or the first touch of the hand, or even, the dance where the date leaves me high and dry on the middle of the dance floor to pursue some other girl, you can be assured these fine events can and do make their way into my various novels.
Perhaps your dating past can do the same. And why not?
Here's one author's view of using her own personal experiences with dating to her romance's best good. Clara is currently a part of the Five Glass Slippers Blog Tour, and you know what blog tours give you. An opportunity to find new authors AND win some books:
Here's the link to the tour: http://seasonsofhumility.blogspot.com/p/five-glass-slippers-blog-tour.html
And here's the question I asked her about dating:
I have not met my prince yet, and I actually have never dated anyone, but a dating dilemma that has presented itself to me is when a friend has wanted me to be more than a friend to him. It was a dilemma, to be sure, but one that found its way into my story. While my Cinderella-like character is nothing like me she finds herself in a situation similar to my real-life experience – her friend falls for her. So that little dilemma found its way into my story, and made for a fun plot point!
The best stuff out there has already been written, especially when it comes to your own life, so why not use the time you were stood up, forgotten, or romanced in your next book?
"The Moon Master's Ball" by Clara Diane Thompson
After her terrifying experience there several years ago, the one place young housemaid Tilly longs to avoid is Bromley’s Circus. But when kindly Lord Hollingberry begs her to deliver a message to the mysterious Moon Master hidden away among the circus dwellers, Tilly can’t refuse . . . and finds herself ensnared in a web of enchantment cast by the loathsome Mrs. Carlisle and her beautiful goddaughter.