Today, I want to share my 3 essential tips for writing romance.
Writing a romance your readers will fall in love with is no easy task. Often, authors opt for insta-love but unless it is done well, it is the slow-burn, hate-to-love, etc tropes that really grab at readers’ hearts.
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Here are 3 tips for writing romance your readers will love.
1. Know Your Characters Individually Before You Know Them Together
This goes for any relationship, real or fictional, but you must know yourself before you can be with someone else. When writing romance, you need to have a grasp on who your characters are. What do they like? What are they afraid of? What do they want? What is their family like? If you don’t, they will be two-dimensional people in a two-dimensional relationship. That makes for a boring plot line and dynamic altogether.
Here is a basic character questionnaire that you should ask each of your characters in order to vividly paint them on the page.
2. Figure Out How They Fit Into Each Other’s Lives Organically
A lot of the time, a romance in a novel feels unnatural and forced. It is as if the author wrote two characters, decided their audience would probably want some romance, and then pushed the two main characters together because hey, they were right there anyways.
When it is done correctly, it works really well, but if it feels too forced and convenient, you are going to lose your audience. Here are some ideas for how your characters can organically fit into each other’s lives.
- Their pasts are intertwined (maybe their families are close or are enemies, maybe they are childhood friends, etc)
- They both want the same thing
- One of them has something the other wants
- One of them saves the other
3. If the Romance is a Subplot, Treat It Like a Subplot
Unless you are writing a romance novel, the romance should not be the main attraction. I hate when I am reading a fantasy and the romance overtakes the world, the magic system, the other characters, etc. If the romance is just one aspect of many within the novel, it should stay that way. Of course, it can have its moments in the spotlight, but it should not overshadow the rest of the story.
Those are 3 simple but essential tips to apply to your story when writing romance. If you have any other tips, please feel free to leave them down in the comments below!
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