Love stories come aplenty, but rare is the one that stays on in your mind, makes you weak in the knees, sends a flutter of butterflies in your stomach. The reason we remember Scarlett and Rhett, or Darcy and Liz, or Jack and Rose, or even Raj and Simran, is not because they fell in love. It’s because they had a love story — a story that was unique to them, and made us feel we want to be them. So think about that before you start writing — don’t make us fall in love because everyone does; make us love your characters, and want them to find their true loves!
‘Every love story is beautiful but ours is my favorite.’ — Anon
Bumping into each other in the corridors, stealing looks between the shelves in the library, holding hands with the most beautiful person in college — yes, we know about it all. But tell us how you fell in love with a cute stranger in a café while arguing over your favourite place by the window, or with your childhood friend whose tooth you had broken when he pulled your pigtail. Tell us stories from your life — something most of us ignore. It could start in a school campus, a cozy café, at the chaiwallah outside your office, or even when you two were tiny newborns daring the world from your crib.
‘As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.’ ― John Green
More than the story, it’s the characters that make us fall in love. You don’t believe us? The wicked-as-sin grandfather of the MacGregor men makes our hearts sing every time we read the MacGregor Grooms by Nora Roberts. Describe the qualities of your drool-worthy men and strong-headed women — the cleft on the chin, their dark eyes, their love for books, their favourite whisky, and whether they have old school charm or hard-to-reign-in passion. Don’t hold back!
‘Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.‘ ― James Baldwin
The most amazing love stories are never just about love. Churn the emotions simmering inside your characters and allow them to rise to the surface. Anger, love, tears, betrayal, passion, confusion — these are the emotions human beings are made of, even the ones who dare to fall in love. Let them explode!
‘You should be kissed by someone who knows and how.’ — Rhett Butler
A kiss is a beautiful affair — one to be smiled about while sipping on wine, dreaming away in the silence of the night. Kisses are what dreams are made of, and a first kiss should be exactly that — a warm toasty marshmallow! Start your story with a kiss if you must, but let it be the one which makes us sigh. And please don’t stop at one, because every love story deserves a few toe-curling kisses!
‘Is sex dirty? Only when it’s being done right.’ ― Woody Allen
Wham bam, thank you ma’am? No, we don’t believe in quickies. Think about your most sinful fantasies, and let your words do the talking. Write with patience, and let your imagination run free. Remember, every touch matters.
‘Love is so short, forgetting is so long.’ ― Pablo Neruda
Love is supposed to be blind, but not dull, boring and long. Don’t write stories that never seem to end. Keep us awake at night with twists and turns rather than making us sleep like a baby. After all, writing about love is never so easy as it seems.
If you believe your love story is perfect, send us two chapters and a synopsis at firstname.lastname@example.org