This is my first novel..i am stuck at two characters who already have a liking for each other and have exchanged numbers.

I have all the conversations they have, how they open up telling each other stories of their life. But this has to be when they meet personally.

How do i take this to where he asks her maybe out for coffee. (Coffee again isnt the perfect setting..A walk in garden maybe.. i am working on it. ) Without rushing through the story to it..As they have just exchanged numbers.. plus not putting the boring hello and all those stuff still getting to the point where he asks or meets her out.

Also stuck at what should be there first text or words exchange.

The characters are very simple and not agressive and not very outgoing as well as the flow of the story is very subtle.

. Thanks for your help. Please forgive my not so upto the mark of English.

  • how do they know each other... do they have something in common like work or college?.. What purpose they stated while exchanging numbers.. – Deep Apr 18 '20 at 6:05
  • Welcome to Writing.SE! I'm afraid questions asking how your story should go are off-topic here. – F1Krazy Apr 18 '20 at 7:01

Put it in the story

If you (the author) are debating how to proceed, it might be an opportunity to put that same 'conflict' into your story. Transfer your hesitation, and the whole "What if I…" debate onto your character. We'll get to see how the character is 'not aggressive' and 'not outgoing', and we'll know he must get past this indecision to get what he wants.

This is all good character-building stuff that makes us feel sympathy – just, don't make it too easy. Your inexperienced protagonist wants to take the easiest path forward (least risk). At the same time, they have been imagining these wonderful dates and intimate conversations, just as you have. There is a lot of anticipation by the character, so the reader will feel it too. We understand what's at stake.

As writer, your job is to put some obstacles in the way, and in this case it's easy to imagine how someone who is shy and 'not aggressive' would make a mistake. Let's say he decides a walk in the garden is too romantic, and getting a coffee is the safer, less risky first date. When they get to the coffee shop, it's crowded and loud, maybe there is a misunderstanding (she doesn't drink coffee) or somehow everything he'd imagined doesn't go as planned. The date is a disaster until they leave the coffee shop and go for a walk, where it's quiet and they can just talk. It turns out they are in the garden, but it's friendly and comfortable, not 'romantic' as he'd imagined….

The point is, once you introduce the conflict, it will need to pay off somehow. The first date becomes more interesting because there are expectations from the protagonist, but he creates his own conflict through inexperience. As author you get to have your cake and eat it too. You can present the various ideas you are debating through the character, and the character will pick the option that seems easiest, which is almost always the wrong choice (up until the end of the story when they are doing all the right things and have the right expectations).


Write up a dozen or more possibilities. They do not have to be realistic. In fact, the more outrageous they are, the better. The purpose is to free up your imagination.

He has a sister that is having problems and needs advice. She has a fatal disease that she either knows about or does not know about. He inherits serious money or debt. She is invited to an event and needs and escort. He has a secret and is ashamed of it. She has been abused in some way in her childhood. Maybe she has a vivid imagination and only thinks that he might be a spy or a hit man. Maybe he thinks that his lower class status will be a barrier to the relationship.

I took a few minutes. Think what you can accomplish in a day.

Once you have the dozen possibilities, you can consider how you might draw inspiration from them.

  • Thanks much appreciated. My point is i am trying to connect from the first text ..message ..also wat n if there shld be one.. or call.. to the call they decide or meet. Need from experience novelist if shouldnt be a drag yet not rush into the main call... i hope i am making sense. – Praks Apr 18 '20 at 11:39
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    The goal of the writer is to construct a path from the beginning to the end. If you have selected initial steps along a path and that path leads to a brick wall, then you must re-think those initial steps. Or figure out how to climb the wall or demolish it. I can imagine that you have spent some time on that initial selection, but if you must "kill your darlings" to get the story done, then do not hesitate. – JonStonecash Apr 18 '20 at 15:49

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