Romanticise those deep brown eyes that resemble a pool of melted chocolate and make others feel warm inside
Romanticise those intense grey eyes that mimic the calm before the storm
Romanticise those lush green eyes that mirror the wonders of the forest
Romanticise those icy blue eyes that captivate others at first glance and reminds them of the magic that arrives with the cold frosty air
Romanticise those dual tone hazel eyes that leave others breathless once the sun catches your eyes
Anonymous asked: “Do you have any tips on how to describe characters effectively? I always find myself dumping a paragraph on their appearance the moment they appear which often really halts the action.”
Even in great manuscripts, character descriptions can come off pretty clunky. Some writers will get pretty creative to minimize that aspect of it, but it’s usually there to some degree no matter what. Though character descriptions might bog down the writing to some extent, I know they’re necessary. As a reader, I would feel that something is missing if a character wasn’t adequately described. With that said, descriptions do not have to be long, just long enough to help the reader picture him or her.
There are a few ways strategies to describing characters that can help avoid that long description dump at the first sight of a new character:
Anonymous asked: “Hiya Lizard! I’ve got an argument for two of my characters who are dating all sorted out but one of the big factors of the argument is one ignoring the other and I don’t know why. I don’t want it to be something abusive because they have a very healthy relationship so far.”
In my opinion, healthy relationships are shown less in what the argument is about but how the argument is handled. Do they talk it out? Do they respect each other?
So I’m writing a story (as I’m sure most of us are) and while it’s not a romance story there is a strong relationship thread that’s needed to pull the story forward, only thing is, I’ve never strictly been in a relationship - tv/books have shown me what relationships looks like, but how can I write about one without knowing what it feels like?? Thanks
Hey, Dominique! I have to admit upfront, I’ve never ‘strictly’ been in a relationship either. But neither have I fought in a war, or raised a kid, or held clandestine negotiations with rebels, or built a brace for a paralyzed merperson, or ridden a dragon, or experienced the death of a best friend.
Lucky for us, the same techniques which help us understand and write a variety of things we’ve never experienced before will generally work for romance as well:
Research. A good old internet search can be a great substitute for experience, especially if you’re dedicated to finding good sources.
Relate. Think of similar actions, emotions, and situations which you have experienced, and draw from those. Even if it’s not the exact circumstance you’re writing, there is always overlap.
Pseudo-Experience. Your imagination, combined with the human capacity for empathy, can give a lot more insight then you might think. It’s still not the real thing, but after you’ve done the research, the final step is to put yourself in the person’s shoes, at least in your mind.
You should certainly do your own digging into romance and relationships, but here are a few pointers to start with…
Hi there! Do you have any tips on how to write a romance story or subplot that's actually romantic ad sweet, and how to not make it generic and forced?
Certainly! First, I will direct you to my “masterpost” on the subject, where I share most of my thoughts on writing healthy relationships, found here.
I also delve a little further into the subject in a much earlier essay here, where I discuss what I think fanfiction gets right about romantic couples and why it’s so popular.
Some condensed rules of thumb include:
1. Give the love interest a purpose in the plot besides just being The Love Interest.
If they’re introduced exclusively to provide a romantic subplot, they’ll likely do little more than upset the existing dynamic without contributing much else, and readers will hate them. So make sure they have a concrete and irreplaceable purpose in the main plot before you even think about them getting nasty with the main character.
2. Make sure the love interest and the main character are friends.
I can’t stress this enough. In order for the readers to care about what happens to them (at least, the smart ones), the characters will need to actually like each other and enjoy each other’s company. Show them cracking each other up with jokes, visiting carnivals, debating over Star Wars fan theories, and what have you.
I firmly believe friendship is the cornerstone of any successful romance, so don’t skimp on this one!
3. Make sure they’re roughly equals in terms of positive attributes and three-dimensionality.
I can’t stress how sick I am of seeing media where an intelligent, gorgeous, accomplished girl is somehow head-over-heals for some sloppy-ass guy with a neck beard, or a charismatic, well-developed heartthrob spends half the plot chasing after a some conventionally attractive but personality-free chick who could easily be replaced with a sexy lamp. Like, once or twice wouldn’t bother me, but it happens so damn much I think I’m gonna scream.
Make sure their both well developed, and make sure they’re both awesome!!
4. Be careful about unhealthy tropes.
Massive age gaps are generally a no-no, though in some cases they can be healthy provided both characters are adults and have an otherwise pleasant and mutually beneficial relationship. Unless you’re making a Lolita-esque social commentary, an underage character should never be in a relationship with an adult.
Other types of imbalances, such as wealth and status, can be fine; just be sure one character doesn’t abuse them.
5. At the end of the day, the characters should make each other happy.
For a healthy and happy relationship, two characters should improve one another’s lives and bring out one another’s best possible selves.
Have you ever just looked at a hugely popular romantic couple who only ever seems to fight (or a pair of your own friends, for that matter) and wonder why the hell they’re still together? Yeah, don’t be like that. It’s an unhealthy lie that fighting is a normal part of any healthy relationship; occasional conflict is, but constant fighting, no.
Let your characters be partners in crime, them against the world. I promise it will be much more satisfying.
Anonymous asked: “I have a problem with the romance subplot. How can I make the characters act like they are in love, not just saying that they are in love?”
Romantic subplots can be the most difficult thing to pull off, or the only easy thing that seems to come together naturally. I know readers can be highly critical of some romantic subplots (rightfully so, sometimes). Most often, when I see there’s an issue, it’s because the reader hasn’t gotten to see any kind of development in this relationship. There isn’t necessarily an expressed fondness, or in some cases a reason to be so fond of someone that they can say they’re in love. Or the last thing is that not enough time has passed to believe that these characters could have made that jump that fast.
Lots of love for your blog 💓 I've got this little problem with my story. So I've got this private school for noble kids (etc etc) and my main character is this really sweet, small girl with short hair, glasses &oversized sweaters. For the sake of the plot i have to make someone drastically different fall in love with her. Can you help me with some stereotypical guys? 💕✨
Luckily for you, I’ve played too many dating simulators over the years and stereotypical guys are easy for me to think up! (I say over the years, but I bought one just last month.Some of us have shameful hobbies.)
The brooding loner. This is an edgy favorite, especially to pair with someone petite and gentle. They often have some sort of tragic backstory, few friends, and take time to warm up to.
The suave gentleman. This usually have it all; good looks, money, good friends. But something is missing. Plenty of people want to date him, and he tends to flirt back but no one really catches his eye. He often craves “something of substance” after being given everything.
The casual comedian. This sort of guy doesn’t care about looking nice or dressing up, but he does care about making you laugh. He cracks some of the worst jokes, but sometimes they’re actually good. He’s loud, a bit goofy, and a nice guy to hang around with for a laugh.
The apathetic intellectual. This guy usually has the top grades and doesn’t necessarily even work too hard for them! He’s very secure in his knowledge of everything. Well, almost everything. He doesn’t know how to express his emotions well and others accuse him of not having any.
The self-righteous rebel. Sometimes combined with the brooding loner, this sort of character is loud and proud about what he feels. He often breaks rules because he doesn’t like being told what to do, but often has an honest heart.
The self-assured alpha male. He’s often similar to the gentleman, but less over the top. He knows exactly what he wants and where he’s going in life. He has a plan for everything and a rigid schedule for his activities.
[I have Celiac Disease, which means that I have a severe gluten allergy (so I can’t have anything with wheat or barley in it) and minor allergies to corn and rice. Because of this,
ALL of my recipes are grain-free, and most of them are paleo-friendly.]
This trick is inspired by something I read from Anton LaVey’s “The Satanic Witch”, but ANY woman can do it, really.
The whole point of this is for a man to wear an article of clothing given to him by you that will keep him thinking about you and drive him crazy.
How is this done?
Buy an article of clothing for a guy you are sweet on. Sleep with the article of clothing for a night or two. This will allow your pheromones to adhere to the clothing, which have a natural effect of driving a man crazy with thoughts of you. As an extra touch, you can add a VERY LIGHT spritz of your favorite perfume; just enough that the scent is present, but not too much, or it will destroy the whole point of having your pheromones on the clothing and cover up the scent. When he wears it, he will be smelling the scent on the clothing of your pheromones and a HINT of your perfume and it will keep him thinking about you and drawn to you all day.
~Pretty in Pinque~ I love vignettes. They’re a rich design detail that’s easily changeable, and allows us to, at once, indulge our whims, while keeping our decor engaging. Vignettes are also a wonderful way to display treasured collectibles, and hone our creative display skills.
Hi Cassie! I have been reading your books for years, and I truly appreciate you answering questions. I just finished Lady Midnight, and at the end Jem discusses how falling in love or even having a crush on your parabatai can alter the bond and create magic and destruction.. So why didn't Alec's love/crush for Jace in the beginning of their story alter their bond?
Jem actually addresses that directly in Lady Midnight.
“"It was not long after the ritual had been in use for some generations,” Jem said, lowering his voice, “that it was discovered that if the bond was too close, if it tipped into romantic love—then it would begin to warp and change the kind of power that was generated by the spell. One-sided love, a crusheven, all that seems to pass by the rule—but requited romantic love? It had a terrible cost.”
Jem specifies that the love has to be romantic and mutual to alter the bond. I’ve seen people say Alec was “mistaken” or “confused” about his feelings for Jace, which I don’t think is true – I do think he had a crush on Jace, but that ended when he fell in love with Magnus. Very normal human thing to happen. So I guess you can decide whether you think it didn’t affect the bond because it was just a crush or because it was one-sided, but however you feel about it, Jem addresses the issue directly in Lady Midnight.
Anonymous asked: “I feel like I’ve been focusing on all the wrong parts of my story, namely the romance. But my story is by no means a romance novel. I don’t know how to get the plot rolling without focusing on what the plot points do to the couple.”
If you’re new to writing romance in a story, it can be really exciting to have a romantic subplot. You might find yourself writing a lot of romance, just because it’s fun and and you’re learning a lot about these characters in a way you hadn’t been in other scenes, but sometimes too, we get carried away…