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How do I stop my characters falling in love?

Imagine her point of view, as a typical nurse. She has already met hundreds of patients over the course of her career who had inappropriate feelings for her. 99% of them held no temptation for her at ...
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How do I write LGBTQ+ characters for a romance story, as a non-LGBTQ+ person, without using potentially offensive stereotypes

Don't make them LGBT characters, make them characters who happen to be LGBT. Write them as if you would write any romance with the only exception being that the relationships is between 2 males or 2 ...
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Choosing between two people in a romance?

There's another character in this equation: the MC. It's why this is called a love triangle rather than a love-decision or a love-fork. Relationships are not like ordering "chicken or fish". The MC ...
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How do I stop my characters falling in love?

The nurse is a nurturing character? Perhaps this reminds him of his mother or sister. This is a person with whom he can be physically and emotionally vulnerable, without any sexual connotations. ...
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Non-trope happy ending?

Easiest example where not all protagonists find "someone else" is The Lord of the Rings. Of the nine members of the Fellowship, Aragorn and Sam are the only ones who marry within the course of the ...
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How to prevent "they're falling in love" trope

You cannot prevent that suspicion altogether; especially because that is your plan. Which means your two characters are heterosexual; so you can't really use homosexuality as a show-stopper. I would ...
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How to tease a romance without a cat and mouse chase?

You can't This is not a romance. This is a master having sex with his slave. Or wanting to have sex. But he's going to free the slave! Is he now? But the person is still a slave when this all ...
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Why is young adult romance now being written primarily in the first person?

Young adult generally is written in first person for the strong voice and the closeness of the POV. It has almost become industry standard, likely because it sells well for the target market. You can ...
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Non-trope happy ending?

Everyone gets something, but it doesn’t have to be romantic. Perhaps one MC gets his/her dream job in London and must move. That person would be leaving friends behind, but a new chapter of his life ...
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Choosing between two people in a romance?

Obviously as an author, you are going to wind up with 1) No girls, 2) Girl 1, 3) Girl 2, 4) Both girls. You have to decide. Probably, no matter the outcome, you should have him try with both girls. ...
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How do I write LGBTQ+ characters for a romance story, as a non-LGBTQ+ person, without using potentially offensive stereotypes

I would say to leverage your LGBT friends for feedback. If you have a problem with a stereotype, it might be embarrassing for you if it gets pointed out, or if you accidentally offend someone with it, ...
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How to prevent "they're falling in love" trope

It is possible that this reader is one of thse who likes to pair characters in relationships that need not even be telegraphed. There are several ways to do this. Introduce other potential love ...
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How do I handle an unequal romantic pairing in a world with superpowers?

Power corrupts, but it doesn't have to: For an interesting reference, you might want to check out THIS question. What you are describing is ANY power dynamic. The relationship is no different to one ...
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What do I do when I know the general summary of how a scene goes but I cannot figure out precisely what the character say?

Wait for Inspiration... ...but in the meanwhile, if you've been working on this project for a decade, you really need to do the slogging through to get the story written. I would place holders (a bit ...
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How crucial is a waifu game storyline?

If what people are primarily looking for in X is Y, then you had better make Y excellent. If you don't have great Y, then mediocre Y + a great story isn't going to cut it. But if everyone (including ...
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How do I stop my characters falling in love?

Imagine the Nurse is a lesbian. In WW2 and in the military she wouldn't be "out", but it isn't like lesbians did not exist back then. Her fiancé is a ruse; I know single lesbians that still ...
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How to prevent "they're falling in love" trope

If your genre or subgenre is "Romance", then it's ALMOST impossible to do so. What you're presenting is a request for something that romance authors are always trying to do. The only ways to really ...
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Things To Remember When Writing Harem Stories?

Keep in mind basic sexual psychology differences between men and women. It depends on the era, and culture. With the caveat that nothing applies to everybody and you can find some 15% of just about ...
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Choosing between two people in a romance?

Let's broaden the question. You have two paths down which the plot can proceed. You find both equally appealing. How do you choose? Consider, then, this: Which option offers more character growth, ...
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How do you write boy & girl protagonists without turning them into a love story?

The bast way to deal with this issue is to explicitly acknowledge it, show that it isn't an issue, and move on. A superb example of this is found in the Dr. Who story, Partners in Crime. The Doctor ...
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Romance without cliche?

A good way to avoid cliche in romance is to choose unusual characters as participants in the romance. The love poetry shared between a pair of nuclear physicists could be very romantic without ...
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How crucial is a waifu game storyline?

There are plenty of genres that exist solely for a particular purpose or to deliver a type of scene. Pornography (no comment). Slasher (mostly films, all about gory ends to stupid or unfortunate ...
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How do I write from a girl's POV?

Just write her like a person. There's really not much else to it. I know it may feel like girls are confusing and mysterious at your age, but honestly, in almost any situation, you should take the ...
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Points to keep in mind while writing a romantic novel

Here are some points: Give the characters good reasons for falling for each other. "He was kind to me" is not as good an answer as much lazy fiction has made us think. It's all too easy to forget to ...
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Non-trope happy ending?

Whether your novel is in the Romance genre or just a book where romance is the central topic, it's all about how you define your characters and their goals. We the readers need to know what would ...
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Non-trope happy ending?

A story about someone ostensibly looking for love can resolve without them finding a romantic partner if it turns out that they were actually being driven by a motive other than to find love. There ...
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How do you make two characters fall in love?

How do people in Real Life fall in love? They get to know each other. They share some interests, so they enjoy spending time together, and have common things to talk about. They respect each other. ...
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Choosing between two people in a romance?

To answer the actual question that you asked: how do I, who have grown attached to both of the characters and want them both to succeed, do so in a way that doesn't seem like I'm settling for ...
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