10 [Romantic and Affordable] Things You Can Do as a Couple

Greetings, mortals!

I’ve talked a lot about fictional couples lately, and how you can get people to ship yours; and now, before February ends, I’d like to talk about real life. (Wow, amazing!) And make sure you stay tuned, because at the end, I’m going to be announcing the winner of my last giveaway as well! So, let’s get started…

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Real-life romance is great. I’ve been dating an incredible man for about a year and a half now. It’s wonderful. We love spending time together, going out for movies or dinner, but in our season of life, with college and things, we learned that not all dates can be extravagant. (In fact, sometimes it’s better not to spend money at all.) But what’s more important—we learned that that’s not really what dating is about, anyway. Dating is about developing a relationship, and that’s not something you have to spend a lot of money to do. Plus, it’s amazing how romantic something simple can be.

5 Ways You Can Develop Your Characters’ Romance

Guess what? It’s still February, and I have more things to say about romance. Whoo!

How many of you have trouble with one-sided romance? The main character has all the feelz and as much as you try, the love interest seems flat in comparison. At least, they never really show their feelings like the MC does. What then? How do you avoid the disaster that is one-sided romance?

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The key is in development. Strong romantic subplots rarely pop out of the woodwork. In any case, they don’t pop out being strong. A love interest might show up at random, but the relationship is still going to take some work on the part of the author in order to make it authentic. You’re going to have to wring it out; question it—find out if it’s really going to work for your story. You need to develop it, and today I want to talk about five ways you can do that.

Giveaway Featuring E-book: “Recipes from a Halfling’s Pantry”

Hey, folks!

I’m excited to announce that I will be hosting another giveaway sponsored by Amaila Miller at Second Breakfast and Amy Young Miller at Vomiting Chicken. Last Wednesday, they released their new e-book, Recipes from a Halfling’s Pantry, based on the foods of hobbits from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

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“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” –Tolkien

The Fault in Our Stars: Movie Review

So I went and watched a romance movie. I know, I know; normally I’m not one for movies (or books) where romance is the chief focus. Many of them seem rather superficial, in my opinion, but recently, I decided to watch The Fault in Our Stars. Yes, for the first time. But better late than never, right?

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In a Sentence: Two terminally ill people fall in love, and learn that while love is a risk, it is a risk worth taking; and that sacrifices are worth making.

Genre: Drama/Romance

Movie Rating: PG-13 due to romantic content and language

*WARNING*

Contains spoilers: proceed at own risk.

4 Characteristics That Point to a Powerful Romance

What comes to mind when you hear the word “power”?

It could be any number of things; fame, money, control, etc. Those are common associations with the word “power.” But that’s not what I want to talk about today. Power literally means “the ability to do something or act in a certain way.” This seems to indicate that there are many different kinds of “power” as well as many different sources. The power in speech, the power in thought, the power in hope, the power in love.

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Today I want to talk about the last one. What makes a romance powerful? When I read or watch movies that involve a romantic subplot, I usually see a humongous lack of power. It’s all about the “feelz,” and much of the “romance” generated by conjured sap. The kind of power I’m talking about is not one that’s forced. It’s one that’s real, and all the “feelz” come along with it.

6 Things That Make Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey Awesome

Hey, folks! Today I want to do a study of a fictional couple, and I chose Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey from The Amazing Spiderman movies. Let it be known that Peter and Gwen are one of my favorite couples in film—and definitely my favorite Marvel couple. I just love them together so much.

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Thus far, February has been a romance month. And why not? I mean it already kind of is… Valentine’s Day and stuff. So far, I’ve discussed ways to get your readers to ship your characters, as well as how to keep romance authentic when you’ve never been in a relationship. I’m having a blast. Now I want to fangirl talk about six things that make Peter Park and Gwen Stacey one of my favorite fictional couples of all time.

Keeping Romance Real When You’ve Never Been in a Relationship

Romance is tricky. Just being honest here. Before I started dating, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what it would be like, and while some things were true, others were not. (Far from it, actually.) Love is something that is very difficult to grasp when you’ve never actually been in love. And even if you’ve had a crush, that’s not exactly the same thing. (Really, it isn’t.) It’s hard to explain love.

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In Monday’s post I talked about tips for getting your readers to ship your characters. Readers love a good romantic subplot. Emphasis on “good.” But how do you do that when you’ve never been in a relationship before?