I'm getting to my blog late tonight because my best friend, who just celebrated his birthday yesterday, proposed to his girlfriend today. I had to travel a few hours to see them at an aquarium, but watching her say "yes" in front of a tank of penguins was more than worth it. Love is awesome.
So because I'm drained both physically and emotionally, let's do an easy one today. Nothing too complicated, just love. Now if there's anything I learned from my old fanfiction days, it's that people expect, nay, demand pairings. If you don't supply them as the author, the audience will. Heck, even if you do, they still will supply them, and I'm totally okay with that. But let's look into it from the author point of view.
I'm very much of the mind that love doesn't need to be present in a story. It shouldn't be a given that my protagonist is going to have a love interest. It should be natural when it happens. Forcing love just makes things awkward. My own opinion on writing it is just to let the story flow and, if it makes sense, let it happen. Unless you're writing romance, you're not obligated to put a love story in your novel.
Okay, I'm tired. And also so happy for my friend! See you tomorrow!
Be Excellent to Each Other
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