Every time I’ve sat down and told myself “these two characters are going to end up together, they are going to fall in love” I have been miserably wrong and so laughably off base that by the time I get to the final work, it seems impossible that I ever thought those two would end up together. It’s got me thinking about what makes up a romance and how chemistry–both in writing and in the real world–actually works. How is it possible that when I’m the one making the world, crafting each word and pushing these two people together, they can head off in such a radically different direction? I’ve come to two conclusions:
Sometimes arranged marriages work: You want two people to end up together, you make them end up together. They end up happy. Voila! You’ve created a match made in heaven. Essentially, that relationship you’ve plotted and planned is arranged because you planned it and because it exists based on a preconceived notion of who your characters are. If you’re good at plotting and sticking to a schedule or script, this might work out in your favor, but if you tend to be a writer who is more flexible in their planning and for whom their characters tend to change quite a lot between the planning stages and the actual written execution…
Sometimes arranged marriages are terrible: The match sounded good in theory, but in practice, it’s a disaster. The dialogue is stale. The chemistry just isn’t jumping off the page. There’s no passion. That’s okay. It happens. Now you have two options (1) keep writing and hope that the wrinkles work themselves out once you’ve put more words on paper or (2) go with the flow and let your character take you where they’re leading. Some of the best romances I’ve ever written have happened by complete accident when my character ended up “falling” for a minor character I hadn’t even planned to be in the story let alone be the main romantic lead. Try out the new relationship. The worst thing that can happen is that you’ve got a few extra romantic scenes to scrap later, but sometimes you have to write it out to see if you like it.
So how do you focus the romance? There is the usual advice: opposites attract, love at first sight, similar interests, etc. But here are some of the less asked questions that have helped me the most in understanding fictional romance:
When your character is most vulnerable or upset, what cheers them up? Who in your story matches their unique style of coping? (Ex: sometimes it’s not the person who buys them roses but the one who sends them videos of dogs skateboarding at 3am–it depends on the character type)
Who does your character feel most comfortable with? Butterflies and nerves work great for some relationships, but sometimes you’ll find that it’s the character who your protagonist can flop down on top of and admit their deepest darkest secrets to without hesitation that are drawn together. Or the person they burp in front of.
Who is your character attracted to? Now look for the opposite of that. Often times, your character will sneak up and surprise you by falling in with that person that is just not their type. It happens to the best of us. So keep an eye out. (And this can be a very good thing–it can help open all kinds of doors to character growth.)
If your protagonist falls for that character versus that one, how does it change the plot and the overall feel of the novel? Does the message change? Are you okay with that? This should help you zero in on which path to go down and if you’re writing the book you meant to write or if you’ve jumped ship and starting writing your next book.
Vernon/OFC: Jealousy is pretty ugly, but you’re just pretty
Genre: university!AU, fluff/romance/humor
Word Count: 4206
Characters: Hansol Vernon Chwe/Original Female, Joshua, Jeonghan
@svthansols: bff!Vernon, “I swear I didn’t see anything!”/“I won’t tell anyone. I swear.”/“What if I kissed you right now?”
She sipped furiously at her iced green tea, the sharp tang of lemon assaulting her tongue, but she paid no mind.
“Are you back on Earth yet, or,” Joshua trailed off lightly, twirling idly at the plastic straw of his thai milk tea.
“Depends, has Earth finally created a pathway to heaven?” she exhaled, nibbling at the edge of her straw. “Because that girl is practically a Goddess.”
In the middle of the student center entrance, stood Vernon and yet another girl. Not that she was counting (two in the past week) but this new one was so frustratingly good looking, coupled by the fact that he was so frustratingly good looking as well. Together they were incredibly beautiful. She had meticulously dyed ash blonde hair, with her roots freshly treated and her style had that lowkey “City Swag” vibe Vernon was crazy about. In other words, the perfect girl.
“Truly I am Allah; there is no God but I; therefore serve Me” (20.14)
Allah is the most sacred Name that indicates the Being most High, His Oneness and His Godly attributes.
“Say: ‘He is Allah, One, the Everlasting refuge, who has not begotten and has not been begotten, and to whom there is no equal’” (112:1-4)
“And call not upon another God with Allah, there is no God but he. All things perish, except Himself” (28.88)
Things only exist by His will as He tells us in the Quran; “When We decree a thing, We need only say: "Be” and it is" (16.40)
He supervises all of our affairs “Surely your Lord is Allah, who created the heavens and the Earth in six days, then ascended His throne, ordaining all things,”(10.3),….. and to Him they shall return"
“And He is Allah: There is no god but He. To Him be praise, at the first and at the last: for Him is the Command, and to Him shall ye (all) be brought back.” (28.70)
While other names are attributes, 'Allah’ is the name for God that has never been given to any other being in Islam or Jahiliyyah (pre-islamic times).
Do you want to experience the Glory of Allah? Worship and Bow down to Him Only!
The word is the most powerful tool you have as a human; it is the tool of magic. But like a sword with two edges, your word can create the most beautiful dream, or your word can destroy everything around you. One edge is the misuse of the word, which creates a living hell. The other edge is the impeccability of the word, which will only create beauty, love and heaven on earth.
Heaven on Earth is what you can see in nature, in the animals and in beautiful souls. Hell on Earth is all the suffering, selfishness, destruction and pain brought on by mankind. It’s a bit difficult to co-exist with both, because even when you manage to create your own bit of Heaven, you are still faced almost daily with all the bullshit going on.
Kriemhild Gretchen. The witch of salvation. Within 10 days she’ll
completely envelope the planet, absorbing all life into her labyrinth,
trying to create a heaven on earth. The only way to stop her is to make
the world free of misfortune. If there’s no grief, no suffering, she
will believe this world is already a heaven. I REALLY love Madoka Magica guys.