- Remember how I recommended going to Yahoo Answers for unblocking writer's block? This also applies to romance ideas. The singles and dating section is loaded with new questions every day, and it's easy to find an interesting story in there. You may have to change a few things to avoid ripping off the poor person's life completely, but overall it's a good place to ask questions.
- Ask your friends who have had relationships what's normal and what's cool and whatnot. It may be awkward to ask, "Hey, can you tell me what teenage love is like so I can write about it?" so approach it from a different angle. Bring up crushes, or boys. I don't know about you, but that's always an easy conversation starter.
- Visit a love advice site. Think of questions that your character would ask, then Google them. The resources you can find on romance are abundant to the point of ridiculous. Some of my favorite sites for finding answers are Seventeen and All Women Stalk, but poke around and find your own favorites. That said, I recommend that you stay away from WikiHow.
- Be realistic. Even someone who's never been in a relationship can make the call of what works and what doesn't. For example, if a couple has nothing but passionate kisses keeping them going, then they're probably not going to last for very long, unless they're on and off. Dragging it into some unrealistic shindig will just annoy your readers.
- Observe. Notice the couples in your school (or wherever you know a couple). How do they treat each other (both online and off)? What kind of things do they say to each other? What do you like about their relationship? What don't you? Why? Use these observations to shade your writing.
Any advice you agree with? Anything you want to add? Comment below!
Off to do APUSH and NOT dream of anyone significant. I promise.