Tips for Writing Romance from A Passionate Defender of the Genre
Here’s the thing: romance is not inherently
It’s not automatically compelling.
Romance is one of the hardest things to write, but if you’re clever and careful and pay attention, romance can also be one of the most powerful tools a writer can wield. Not only because love is a powerful and complex emotion worthy of exploration—although it is that—but because romance can function as plot, conflict, character motivation, development, world-building, etc. It can do so much heavy lifting for you, and in a way that is engaging, evocative, and tone-setting.
But you can’t simply cry “Love!” and wait for the applause. You gotta earn it.