Can Anyone Give Me Tips On How To Write Realistic Romance?

Hello! (Not sure if this is the right place to put this, but we’re gonna try it here haha).

So I haven’t really made a topic in a while but I’ve been struggling with this. So I’ve been writing a story (outside of episode) where romance is not the main plot but it is a subplot.

I love romance but have never been in a relationship so I have no idea how to write romances.

Story details:
(Going to keep this kind of vauge but…):
So this guy named Landon is part of this group on a ship in outer space, (or kind of outer space) and they eventually come down to this planet, where he ends up meeting this girl named Ivy. This world is basically post-apocalyptic and they’re trying to survive. (Very general here because I don’t wanna give away too many details about the story). Well, these people from space are here to help protect the people and the world.
So Landon is very serious about what he does (protecting people) and I just don’t know how to introduce romance in this type of sad/survivalistic background.

So yeah any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

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I don’t really know how to write romance especially that kind of plot. I’m struggling as well maybe trying looking up how to write romance stories and novels. I don’t know myself :joy::joy:
Maybe you he can be a sensitive guy and don’t know how to flirt or pick up lines on women he can be awkward and the can be more open to romance

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He’s like very serious about like saving people, but that also goes for him socially as well so he doesn’t know really how to have fun. I was thinking that Ivy can introduce him to that, because she’s had some serious things in her life that have happened to her, and she learned to deal with them through having fun and distracting herself.

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He’s very serious about protecting people but never in a relationship and doesn’t know how to act in one,? Or maybe he can be protecting people and he’s bad relationship in the past and afraid to fall in love again

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Yeah more so the first one. Cuz he was training his whole life to be the “hero” so he didn’t have time for romance.

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Okay then just make him awkward and nerve he doesn’t know how to act in one and he’s uncomfortable but willing to get out of his comfort zone. Let Ivy get him out of more and let her help him be more outgoing and socially when it comes to relationships

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But don’t let be the main plot just subplot.

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Oh yeah no, it is not the main plot, there is so much else going on. I don’t really know how to start the romance which is the problem.
I’m getting better with finding Ivy’s hobbies and interests but with Landon it’s harder because he’s been training her whole life, he hasn’t had much room for any hobbies or interests.

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Ivy can start showing him more hobbies and living life and have fun not be serious and strict

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He doesn’t have no room for hobbies because of his field until he meets Ivy he does

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Yeah. I’m doing a personality questionaire thing to help with Landon’s character because I haven’t really thought about his character that much and I feel like that is a part of the problem.

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Yeah that’s it’s.

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Romance is a difficult genre to write in. I recommend avoiding the cliche stuff like gangs, mafia, pregnancies, bad guy likes good girl, etc; As long as the story idea is unique and you havent seen stories with the same idea go ahead with it

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I would look up other romance novels that deal with this kind of situational romance. For example, in the Hunger Games, the MC ends up falling in love despite having to fend for her life every day. Most people have read that already. There are many more if you need assistance. If you don’t want to read other stories, I feel that a lot of stories that involve a survival aspect create a love situation when individuals have very few people near and dear to them, they become more precious, thus, sexual tensions are very likely to be heightened. Think of times were adrenaline runs high very high, when people are forced to do the unthinkable or unexpected because their mind is warped from all the chaos around them. Even in TV shows when a heroine and another supporting character who have nothing to do with each other confront something life-threatening together (almost dying, basically), they usually cling onto one another, whether that be affectionately or passionately.

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Yeah. That’s a good idea. I’ve read the hunger games. I’m not going to write sexual stuff, but definitely going to put that affection in there.

Not sex. I said sexual tension (desire, not actual intercourse). Needed to clarify in case I would get kicked off by suggesting something against guidelines :joy::joy::joy:

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Lmao. Actually, I’m not writing this for episode (Which is why I put this in general chat). It’s just my own personal google docs, so you can suggest anything.

Oh good :joy: and good luck! So far, the ideas seem very intriguing. You’ll have a lot more freedom in terms of how you want to portray certain scenarios by writing off of episode!

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