Writing About Romance (What to Consider)

Love is a very complicated thing, but the fun part for many is the romance. It’s the part of love that has it’s own genre, and that’s what I want to talk about today. What to consider when writing your romance scenes.

Romance is on a spectrum, ranging from innocent love to true love, to even obsessive love. So there are a few things to think about when you are writing a romance between two characters. {Note: I’m not talking about sexuality here because this is a completely different topic that I can go into later.}

Age Matters

How a romance goes can often depend on the age of your couple. The younger the couple the more innocent it will be when it starts and the more you will see it change over time. That is not to say that someone in their 20’s or 30’s cant have an innocent romance. Also there are certain levels of physical intimacy that is seen as appropriate at certain ages.

Cultural Upbringing Matters

Romance appears different to everyone, especially in other cultures. So take a look at what is socially acceptable. For some romance means love letters, others see it as supervised dates. It’s on a spectrum.

Time Period Matters

Public displays of affection was highly frowned upon for a very long time. So your moment of intimacy can be a stolen kiss, a secret meeting, or even a date in a coffee shop.

So Does Time Frame

Over time a relationship will evolve. It stabilizes or becomes volatile. The couple gets closer or drifts away. Tensions get twisted as they are pushed tot heir limits. A couple who have been together for 60 years can have a worse relationship than a couple that have only known each other for two.


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