My WIP has a couple romantic subplots - one dealing with a couple who have been in love for a long time and a few others who are trying to decide if now is the time for romance for them.
Do you know how hard it is to write people falling in love? I have been trying to figure out how to write some scenes for one of the would be couples, and just couldn't wrap my brain around how the heck to make it happen.
Part of the problem was when I first wrote the scene I'm rewriting, I didn't take the time to figure out who the characters were to the depth that they had to be. And now that I know these characters better, I know some of the issues. But as I was in my prime thinking mode today (blowing my hair dry), it hit me what the problem was.
I was trying to write a scene instead of writing the experience of two characters.
This may not be revolutionary to those of you who have written these kinds of scenes before, but it really struck me and the ideas have been flowing ever since.
I mean, think about it - if you have been in a relationship or observed people in a relationship, they don't just gaze adoringly into each other's eyes - there is a depth of character, personality traits that either compliment or balance each other, etc.
And they don't always agree. My husband and I had our first fight as a married couple over how to store a head of lettuce in the fridge (cut and in a bowl or as a whole head using as needed). These are the things that I wasn't thinking about when I first wrote the scene, these are the things missing that made the scene just flat.
Have you written a romantic scene? Any revelations in a boy/girl relationship that made your writing stronger?