Writing a Strong Love Interest



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21 thoughts on “Writing a Strong Love Interest

  1. A tip from me. Just make the plot work for whatever you design as a love interest. Romeo & Juliet can be superhumanly attractive but because the story is pushing them into a situation you can still feel sympathy for them.

  2. "And everything in between ", there isn't anything in between, there are only 2 genders and biological sexes, that's it

  3. Something between a male and a female? There isn't something in between that, there only 2 genders

  4. Can a single person fall in love very quickly?…I mean he/she is not going to propose… it's just like cliche concept of love at first sight.

  5. I don't mind if the love interest is too perfect… as long as she/he only is this perfect in the MC's eyes. Have other people ask Why him? What's so special about her? Have you seen his ears? Or, meh, I don't like girls with big butts, or something. Because we all like different things. I was planning on that for my second book, where this girl and her friends see the MC and discusses his looks. One is like, OMG so pretty! The other is like, really? He's not manly enough, and eww, pointy ears! Sort of. 😛

  6. Yes, my protag did realise kinda early on (maybe earlier than I would've liked) that he trusted the love interest, but I made sure to avoid an insta-romance by never making them confess or date or anything until a l o t later on.

  7. Falling in love myself has really helped me understand the way other peoples' and fictional characters' romances work. That also leads me to think that behind every badly written romance is a person for whom it hasn't clicked yet, and even more people who will consume it and get or keep the wrong idea.

  8. A love interests: the sweet daughter of a mortician, who her man's childhood friend and practically adaptive sister. She is very prude, very sweet, quite rightous, a scaredy-cat and also a masochist. She is not book smart, but she is her daddy's little helper, her favorite thing to do is observing decomposition, she is someone who is rather cozy and she is quite socially awkward despite her good heart. She is an only child and her mother died when she was young, she is generally ostricised because of her father's profession, her interests and her choice for a man. With all her quirks, she is still miles more normal then most characters in my story. So, this is the reason why her only social cercle consist of her father and her love interest.
    The romance isn't typical as he never courted her and only invited her somewhere once, it ended in disaster that almost got the two of them killed so they decided to never date again. But they are somehow perfect for each other: he is a guilt-ridden young man in search for confort. She is a deeply lonely person who needs the company of someone who will not judge her.
    She is not conventionally pretty: she lacks feminine curves, is flabby-muscled, her nails are in a rather bad condition, and is sickly pale and overall looks like she spent the last ten years of her life at the bottom of a well. But she has doe-eyes underlined with very intense, beautiful bluish dark circles and has very thick, glossy black hair.

  9. 1 multidimensional: uh … CHECK
    2 flawed: balance, mmm check
    3 believably attractive: dat description, needs work
    4 instaromance: what counts? Infatuation can be fast.
    5 connection: trust … hmm ..

  10. But what happens if you’re writing a romantic short story? Would it then be okay for the couple to fall in love in 3 pages?

  11. "They shouldn't be the embodiment of physical perfection."

    By whose standard? My main takes place in a parallel world called "Edipheon" and involves this world and a third one called "Azureas". One of the characters grew up in Azureas. She is THE picture of beauty in Edipheon, but she's just somewhat interesting in Azureas. Concurrently, the main character's wife grew up in Edipheon where she would be killed for her appearance. However, the men of Azureas would trample one another to beat a path to her door. So, by whose standard are we judging such a description? Personally, this detail just slams the "Grass is greener on your side" perspective.

    Furthermore, appearances change in the story. Either Hello Future Me or Red from Overly Sarcastic Productions mentioned the need for a religion of sorts, and there is a pantheon of 'gods', for lack of a better description, that change appearance and temperament based on certain factors. So, again, by whose standard?

  12. Thanks for the advice. But when writing a connection between two characters, what exactly does it mean to be vulnerable to each other?

  13. This is random, but I’m starting to realize these rules only apply to books. With movies and TV shows, people don’t seem to notice how poorly-written a love interest is. All the love interest has to be is hot or super romantic, and the audience will fall in love with them right away.

    Gender also seems to play a role in this. A female love interest who’s too perfect is usually viewed as shallow and boring. But a male love interest who’s too perfect is the ideal boyfriend and the greatest human being in the universe.

    Or a female love interest who’s too flawed is an undeserving wretch. But a male love interest who’s too flawed is hot, brooding, and mysterious (and of course, the heroine can change him).

  14. I usually just pair two characters who I’ve already developed and see how that goes. Sometimes it’s a super fun and romantic power couple, sometimes they’re complete goofballs, and sometimes it’s toxic and a super flawed relationship. This is my go to story romance method.

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