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How to write romance

John August spells out the keys to a romantic movie:

  1. Characters we give a shit about. They don’t need to be likable, necessarily, but they need to be compelling. We need to be curious about what they’re going to do next.

  2. A credible reason to keep them apart. This could be almost anything — war, prejudice, a sinking boat — but if we don’t buy it, you’re toast.

Actually, that’s basically translating to romance the basics of fiction: interesting characters and a conflict.

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