Last week, we looked at how character triangles are a great way to increase the complexity of your characters’ relationships, and how most (good) stories use triangular relationships to increase tension, interest and conflict.
This week, we’ll be looking at the love interest character. Love interests are a staple of some genres, and just like character triangles, they add extra depth to a story – provided they’re well-crafted. Here are 4 essential elements of an effective love interest character.
1. Character first; love interest second
The biggest mistake most people make with writing a love interest is that they create love interests as just that – a source of romantic fulfilment to the main character. This leads to a shallow, uninteresting and one-dimensional character.
By creating a compelling character first – and making them a love interest second – you add realism and depth. Readers will better connect with the love interest – which gives writers plenty of opportunities to hit them right in the feels.