I am currently working on a story called “Sincerely, Maylene.” Romance is the subplot in the story, and I want to write it as well as I can. I’m not good at writing romances, and often times, the romance I include in my stories come off as cringey. Sometimes, I’m not able to dive deep enough into it. I would really like some tips on how to write a good romance. Basically the do’s and don’t’s of writing a romance. If anyone has any helpful tips or wants to share their experiences writing romance, or what they think makes a good romance, I’d love to hear it! Thank you!
Hi, firstly love the uniqueness of the title. I personally will try to avoid the typical story lines in romances, what might grab a reader is something they’re not expecting, or even slightly stray from them, like say forbidden love, so instead of the good girl dating the bad boy type of story maybe something like, company rivals, each PA to the CEO;s are secretly dating…
Thank you! I actually am writing a forbidden love, because the two are from different social statuses, and people in that world, having a relationship with people outside their social status is illegal, and can get them executed. Thank you for your tip! It’s helpful!
That;s a great one! Good luck with it.
I’m not great at romance either, but one tip: don’t rush it. I’m not a fan of fast paced romance
Yeah just as idiot.exe said, I’m not a super great at romance, few tips, Don’t rush it make it more realistic (or I personally like that more), make it something new, and like get the readers to understand and feel the characters feelings so they like they can relate. Oh and don’t forget the fight’s, no real love is perfect
I think what makes a good romance story is the characters and character development. I think that romance should be used as a catalyst. Don’t rush.
Like some of the others said, if you write something your reader is expecting, it could possibly bore them. Include scenes where the reader can be thrown off or shocked. You don’t want to make it too fast, and you want to make it seem more realistic.
Here’s a tip:
If you don’t know if it sounds realistic, ask yourself: “would I do and say something like this if I were that person? Would any person just say something like this?” Because some people add thought bubbles that any normal person would not say
Also, with character development, you want to make sure your readers know the different personalities. It will help with attachment that way, when you add sad/ emotional scenes it’ll be more dramatic
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