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Category: Relationships

Individual character journeys are immensely important, but part of what makes your character feel real is their relationships to others! This category includes tips for writing relationships in your story–romances, friendships, family, and so on.

Romance Roadmap: How to Pace an Enticing Romantic Side Plot

Romance Roadmap: How to Pace an Enticing Romantic Side Plot

Who else is a sucker for slow-burn romances? I don’t necessarily mean just in romance novels. Any fiction story with a love interest can benefit from an enticing, tension-filled romance. Just like any sub plot, cultivating a romantic side plot adds depth and emotional appeal to your story. …that is, as long as you do it correctly! Unless you’re writing some kind of soulmate story, you shouldn’t have your characters be strangers one page and madly in love the next….

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Friends, Not Love Interests: How to Avoid Unintentional Romantic Subtext

Friends, Not Love Interests: How to Avoid Unintentional Romantic Subtext

There’s some saying that no matter what, when you put two people in a room together, people will want them to fall in love. Among fandom circles, two characters don’t even need to be in the same universe! No matter what you do, if you’re writing two people as friends and not romantic interests (especially if one is male, the other is female), there will still be readers who want them together. Why even bother trying to keep a clear…

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