Romance & Relationships: Page 2
Five Relationship Dynamics for Stronger Romances
Relationship dynamics are like archetypes for romance – they provide a template for storytellers to start from.
Episode 211: Romance Mistakes
Everyone loves a good romance, yet storytellers aren’t that great at depicting them.
A Field Guide to Six Infectious YA Clichés
An infestation spreads through the ranks of our beloved genre.
Taking Character Relationships to the Next Level
Character relationships are, in many ways, the glue that holds a story together.
Episode 177: Creating Character Chemistry
Characters that spend a lot of time together need to have a certain spark, a certain pop, a certain fizz.
Five Common Romance Mistakes
Five tropes that could make your love story run aground.
Lessons From Twilight vs Fifty Shades
The world-famous vampiric romance and its kinky fanfic cousin square off.
Why the Surprise Kiss Must Go
Why this dated romance trope has to go—especially when consent is way sexier to begin with.
Episode 78: Does Authorial Intent Matter?
Is the author dead or have reports of their demise been greatly exaggerated?
Seven Great Sources of Conflict for Romances
How to make space between your romantic leads—but not so much they burn every bridge.
Six Unrealistic Tropes and How to Avoid Them
These narrative clichés will drag down your story—here's what to do instead.
Six Plot Excuses No One Wants to Hear
Everyone's tired of these nonsensical storytelling justifications.
How to Get Fans to Slash Your Characters
Passionate gay couples for your fans to get passionate about.
Episode 26: Best and Worst Romances
First of all, who says that, Lois?
Removing the Creeps From Romance
To craft a palatable love story, avoid these gross conventions.