How I feel writing romance:
How I feel reading romance:
Anyway, in all seriousness, what is your opinion of romance in fiction? Not necessarily fanfiction, but fiction in general.
Now, let me explain why I'm asking. I've always had a bit of a hard time writing romance. Maybe it's because of a lack of personal experience, or maybe it's just because I've just never had much practice writing that stuff. I never make romance the focus of my stories (last time I tried to, it turned into a murder mystery halfway through o_o"), but instead usually have it as a minor thing that's going on in the background. I'm kind of a sucker for romantic stuff, to be honest. I really love a well-written romantic moment, even if it's just a hint that there's something going on. Which is why it usually works its way into my stories. Sure, as far as romantic buildup goes, I'm fine. I've gotten good practice making it flow smoothly... I think. Once the character(s) try to admit their feelings to the one they love, though, that's where I run into trouble. The scene gets really awkward really quickly. Maybe it's just my imagination because I'm still not entirely comfortable with romantic stuff. I just can't seem to get that scene, or what comes afterward, down well. Even if I do get the confession scene to the point that it doesn't suck, it really doesn't make much difference in the long run, because the characters themselves don't really acknowledge the fact that they're in love. I don't know where to go from there, I guess, if I can even get there.
But that's just me, really. I'm wondering what you guys think of writing (or just reading) this stuff. And if anyone has any tips they want to throw out to those who need advice
and totally aren't named Flame1819, go ahead. I'll even compile them in this post for you, for easy access for those who want the help.