Building a Relationship Revisited

If we want to have convincing romantic tension, or any tension, between characters we need to have convincing relationships. We can do this by building up dialogue, physical, and emotional interaction. Our characters’ dialogue can develop a rhythm, they might take on elements of each other’s body language, they may begin to know how each […]

Creating Romantic Tension Revisited

One of the issues with writing a romance plot or sub-plot can be a sense that the characters have fallen in love ‘too soon’. Perhaps this phrasing is slightly misleading; we can have romantic tension where characters fall in love but don’t realise it or are kept apart, we might have the slowly growing romance, […]

Creating Romance Arcs Revisited

Once again I’m going to say you don’t have to plan out a story before you begin, we can easily shape it after we finish the first draft. And when I refer to arcs I’m not going to give you a rigid structure, partly due to the potential variation in stories and partly because a […]

Tangled Triangles Revisited

As we mentioned earlier in the series we have can have a relationship with a romantic antagonist who is constantly trying to break up the relationship for their own gain. We may also have the romantic rival who has potential as part of this relationship, I phrase it this way because the romantic rival doesn’t […]

Why These People? Revisited

Before I begin I should say you don’t have to plan if that doesn’t work for you, I never do. You can intend to add a romance to your story or it can appear as you write, that’s fine too. In this article we’re going to look at questions we can ask before we start […]

Building a Relationship

If we want to have convincing romantic tension, or any tension, between characters we need to have convincing relationships. We can do this by building up dialogue, physical, and emotional interaction. Our characters’ dialogue can develop a rhythm, they might take on elements of each other’s body language, they may begin to know how each […]

Creating Romantic Tension

One of the issues with writing a romance plot or sub-plot can be a sense that the characters have fallen in love ‘too soon’. Perhaps this phrasing is slightly misleading; we can have romantic tension where characters fall in love but don’t realise it or are kept apart, we might have the slowly growing romance, […]

Creating Romance Arcs

Once again I’m going to say you don’t have to plan out a story before you begin, we can easily shape it after we finish the first draft. And when I refer to arcs I’m not going to give you a rigid structure, partly due to the potential variation in stories and partly because a […]

Tangled Triangles

As we mentioned earlier in the series we have can have a relationship with a romantic antagonist who is constantly trying to break up the relationship for their own gain. We may also have the romantic rival who has potential as part of this relationship, I phrase it this way because the romantic rival doesn’t […]

Why These People?

Before I begin I should say you don’t have to plan if that doesn’t work for you, I never do. You can intend to add a romance to your story or it can appear as you write, that’s fine too. In this article we’re going to look at questions we can ask before we start […]