Writing a love story
February 27, 2010 11:39 AM Subscribe
What are some tips for writing a really convincing love story?
posted by thelastenglishmajor to media & arts (30 answers total) 44 users marked this as a favorite
I’m researching time-honored ways to write a believable and gripping love story. I wonder what advice is out there on how to write such a thing, or what has really worked for you as a reader/viewer.
So far I’m familiar with your basic romantic comedy formula (boy loses girl through misunderstanding and has to get her back; forces conspire to keep them apart, but they are destined to be together; the hero is deceiving himself or others, but has to face the truth; the love object must be desirable to the audience as well as the protagonist).
What are some good devices for making a love story work, without being hackneyed or predictable?