Writing a love confession scene takes time because readers want to feel about the characters and learn about them. What makes a book so great is the tension building up because if people fell in love on the second page of the book, that would be boring. It’s because readers don’t care if they fall in love. But deeper into the book, we suddenly care when we get to know them, gain rapport, and see what they’re about. So, keep that in mind when you write a love confession or interest scene. Do you want more tips? Follow me!
How to write a love confession scene?
The love interest pushes someone to confess love and feelings. So, write the plot summary from the perspective of your love interest and show the reasons for the late confession. When someone fears rejection and is confused about the opposite person, they take the time to confess. It creates a slow-burn relationship that makes the story more excited.
All relationships have a push and pull of flaws and strengths. When considering background romances, think about what flaws they have worked or not worked out together and how it shows through their interaction. Whether or not a relationship blossomed on screen, there’s still history.
Think about what roles each relationship partner takes and how it affects their outlook on life and their interactions with other characters. If you want to write a love confession scene, follow my 5 tips carefully. Let’s confess!
1. Put some similar interest
The very first rule to writing a love confession is to create well-rounded, standalone characters who are intriguing on their own. If you have characters who are only exciting for 5 seconds, then they’re boring, and no one wants to root for them. They need to have personalities that make them enjoyable.
One could be a gymnast who likes to skydive, and the other could be a high school coach who volunteers on the weekends. Both have their interests, but they also have one thing in common they are active. While they stand alone in their personalities, they should still share interests or have similar life experiences.
Otherwise, what drew them to each other? Figure out who they are and why they emotionally gravitate toward one another. Do they both come from families of divorce? Do they both like volunteering, or do they go through something traumatic? They don’t need to be mutually messed up to love each other, but they must share at least one interest. Maybe they like horror movies and can bond over all the gore, no matter how opposite they are. A shared thing is a must if love is to be formed.
2. Add forced proximity scenes
You must put your characters together early, even if it initially doesn’t feel romantic. They could be kids who play together and grow up to be more than friends. They could even be arch-nemesis. But if you maneuver them to be in the same room or the same bus, sharing seats, the reader thinks of the possibility of their mundane meeting leading to something more.
So don’t be afraid to introduce this idea early on. They don’t even need to like each other right away. Also, they need the opportunity to simultaneously be in the same place to foster the idea of love. The smaller the enclosure where they bump into each other, the better because they can’t escape each other. At this moment, they can confess their love scene easily.
3. Create a slow burn
Think of any book, show, or movie with love interests. Love interests don’t get together right off the bat. Writers like to play with us. They want to get two characters together, get them to kiss nearly, and then draw it out for the next 50 pages. Or they kiss, but then conflict gets in the way to separate them for a while. A secret makes them distrust each other for some time, which makes us root for them even more.
After we learn about their shared interests, history, and experiences, we know they’re meant to be. So everything that happens gets us even more excited for that moment when they do end up back together. They could be attracted to each other right away. But they shouldn’t confess love to each other immediately unless they already had feelings for each other before the story began.
4. Create attraction
Do your characters find each other pretty? How do they show it? Do they keep glancing at each other when the other person isn’t looking? Does the girl keep twirling her hair? Does she keep touching the love interest’s arm? There are so many ways to indicate attraction. It could even be as simple as stuttering or messing up words.
One could enjoy the other person’s smell. Ultimately, what matters is that you show their attraction instead of only telling the reader about it. Even if they hate each other, they might first find each other beautiful. We say there’s a fine line between love and hate.
5. Make sure the relationship is healthy
Characters could start out hating each other, but if they do fall in love, they shouldn’t continue to hate each other unless they haven’t fully admitted their love. But if they’re in love, let them be in love. Let their relationship be on equal terms. That’s what equal means. It means positive. In other words, if one isn’t comfortable doing something, don’t let the other. Guilt them into doing it.
So, don’t let one cheat on the other. But then they return to each other with open arms because it’s love. Let’s not normalize and accept abuse as love. Make both parties care for each other, respect each other, and want to hear what the other has to say. That’s what makes real love, mutual appreciation, and strong teamwork.
If you implement these tips when writing your love confession scene, you’ll have deep characters we root for from beginning to end.
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