So I know that love triangles, when written properly, could probably be a big thing. I want to somehow do that, but I'd like some tips on what to avoid and what better than to get that advice from you?

elumish:

So…love triangles. They are a bit like the glitter of stories. They can make it better, but usually they don’t, and they just won’t go away. Here are a few pieces of advice when it comes to writing love triangles.

Don’t make the end obvious. It’s really boring for the reader when they know from the beginning which of the characters the girl (and it’s almost always a girl) will end up with. I mean, I love Jace and Clary in Classandra Clare’s The Moral Instruments, but the thing in the beginning with Clary and Simon and Jace is barely a love triangle, because it is almost immediately obvious that she will end up with Jace. This is fairly common. Even if it isn’t that obvious, the reader can usually tell by about halfway who the person will end up with.

Don’t play the dark devil/light angel dichotomy. This wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t so miserably common. Yes, it makes for an interesting story. The first time. The 500th time, not so much. You don’t need to make the two (guys) diametric opposites. Think about who the middle person would want to get together with. Would they want to get together with two people with totally opposite personalities? If so, you need to think long and hard about why.

They don’t need to end up with either of them. You can have a triangle where neither one of them is the right choice. That is allowed.

You can make it a real love triangle. A likes B likes C who likes A. You can have some reciprocal relationships, but you don’t need to.

Polyamory. That’s a possibility too.

Don’t make one of them the secret brother. Ugh. That’s such a cop-out. It pretty much keeps you from having to resolve the issue of picking who the person should get together with, which kind of defeats all of the tension of having a love triangle. And really don’t end it like Vampire Knight.

Make the reader like both of them. The love triangle is kind of pointless if the readers don’t want the person to get together with one (or both) of them. Make them likeable. Don’t just make them sexy.

It’s possible to write great love triangles. You essentially just need to look at it like you’re writing two romances at the same time. This is about the main character (assuming it’s the main character) falling in love with two people at the same time and then having to choice. That’s where the tension comes from. They truly love both of these people, and they need to choose one because not choosing will break everyone’s heart.

thejoysofbeingjoie

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kerooster:

more generally healthy characters in generally healthy relationships. more characters falling in love slowly and softly, and then having the sudden realization of just how in love they are hit them like a ton of bricks and in the best way possible. more mutual respect in fictional relationships, more interdependent support and teamwork. down with toxic cookie-cutter codependent relationships in fiction

7,233 notes   •   October 18 2014, 02:28 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
americugh:


This couple got wedding rings with the waveform of their own voices saying, “I do.”

Oh my god I’m sobbing

americugh:

This couple got wedding rings with the waveform of their own voices saying, “I do.”

Oh my god I’m sobbing

575,054 notes   •   May 11 2014, 11:11 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
#wedding   #rings   #cute   #romance   

gayowyn:

kill love triangle support polyamory

26,156 notes   •   February 15 2014, 02:56 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
#yes   #fandom   #romance   

You are not clingy, or needy, or silly for having needs for affection and affirmation and attention within a romantic relationship. Those needs aren’t an embarrassing outgrowth of your low-self esteem or depression or whatever messy emotional issues you may have going on, that’s just basic shit that people need from each other. We of course should not make our partners responsible for meeting all of our emotional needs – it’s not someone’s else’s job to make you happy. But inside a healthy relationship, being able to show affection, pay attention, and demonstrate “you are amazing and important to me” is a pleasure, not some task or burden.

 -

Jennifer Peepas (via psych-quotes)

Yeah I’d probably agree with that…  (via polyslothqueen)

FRANTICALLY TRYING TO REMIND MYSELF THAT MY DESIRE FOR ATTENTION IS NOT JUST “SELFISHNESS”

(via shoofle)

Or that its “unfair” to my partners to ask for attention when I need it

(via infamybitch)

131,427 notes   •   January 23 2014, 09:23 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE

pyrrhiccomedy:

brainstatic:

lodubimvloyaar:

wrinklefucker:

godtie:

fun fact: if a persons body oder smells good to you that means they have an immune system basically opposite of yours! this happens so the chances of finding a mate with the opposite immune system is greater and the chances that any offspring you produce together will have a stronger immune system is greater.

this is fascinating

What makes an immune system ‘opposite’? I’m sensing BS here.

Mmmm, you smell immune to chickenpox.

This is actually true.

Our immune system works in two phases: it detects foreign invaders, then kills them. The “then kills them” part is pretty straightforward: T-cells, the teeth of the immune system, attack any cells flagged by your body as hostile. But the “detects foreign invaders” part has a lot more subtlety. See, cells that are ‘us’ are covered with a protein that identifies them as the locals. But not all “not us” cells need to be (or even should be) hunted down and killed. Furthermore, different diseases call for different antibodies and different levels of response. Invader cells need to not only be tagged as invaders, but also recognized, tagged appropriately, and ‘remembered.’ And your immune system has disease-detecting structures that can do that! And those structures are created by your major histocompatibility complex, or your ‘MHC genes’ for short. 

But people don’t all have the same MHC genes. There are actually dozens of variations of MHC genes, all of which have different strengths and weaknesses. That’s why some people are better at fighting off different diseases than others. But the great thing is that MHC genes are co-dominant. That means that the MHC genes you inherit from your mother and the MHC genes you inherit from your father will express at the SAME TIME. So if your mom was great at fighting off the flu, and your dad was amazing at beating back smallpox, you’re going to be good at recovering from both.

And studies have shown that women actually are attracted to the scent of men whose MHC genes are as different as possible from their own. In fact, not only do they rank those scents as more pleasant, but they very often describe them as ‘reminding them of an ex;’ suggesting that, whether they knew it or not, their mate selection process was probably influenced by their instinct to pass on the strongest immune system they could.

Here’s a source.

367,645 notes   •   January 18 2014, 12:09 AM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
#Huh   #Science   #interesting   #romance   #not really   #biology   
514 notes   •   January 17 2014, 10:19 AM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
#gif   #humor   #me   #romance   #characters   
ohadelaide-pls:

tiptreecrossing:

legendofkorraholyshit:

generalbumi:

arnanduh:

shittyme:


ionlyblogturtles:

livingmywayeveryday:



vickified:




“If a clock could count down to the moment you meet your soul mate, would you want to know?”



lol yes, so then i can shave.



Has anyone written a book about this yet? I think it’d be interesting!!!!!!

     One minute, 37 seconds.     My legs are shaking. Holy cow, there is no way I can do this. None.     One minute, 29 secods.     I glance around at the faces surrounding the room. Of course my Meeting would take place in the gross, overcrowded cafeteria.     One minute, six seconds.     Somewhere within these four walls, someone has the exact same countdown on their wrist. They’re going through the exact same pressure as me.      54 seconds.     Mom said I should be excited, not nervous. Yet I still find myself wiping my sweaty palms on my dress. I can’t believe she talked me into wearing a dress. I mean, shouldn’t  my Soul Mate meet me as I normally am? All plain jeans, blah shirts, and wild brown curls?     30 seconds.     Something deep within me tells me to stand up. I do, drawing the attention of my tablemates. They all know too. They smile encouragingly up at me. I chew my lip nervously.     25 seconds.     That same feeling pulls me towards the center of the room. My stomach drops away from me as I take a step in that direction.     20 seconds.     I continue in that direction. With each step the tempo of my heart picks up.     19. Faster.     18. Quicker.     17. More rapid.     16.  It’s racing.     Oh my god this is it. The moment my life changes forever.     My eyes search frantically around the cafeteria, searching for someone who looks as nervous as me. For someone who’s heading towards their future with no sense of direction like me.     10 seconds.     The feeling directs me slightly to the left. I turn to accomodate.     5. My heart has given up entirely.     4. I stop walking.     3. Just waiting left.     2. Everything is about to change.     1. Deep breath.
     0000 d 00 h  00 m  00 s
     Someone bumps my shoulder. I twirl around and my gray eyes meet blue, blue ones.     “Hello there, love. It appears as though we’re Soul Mates then, eh?”     As my words fail me, the only thing I can think is “I’m so glad I shaved this morning.”


^^^ THIS IS AMAZING

i think youre gonna write the book i nominate you you have no choice go get writing now

(I’d like to play what would happen in the ultimate plot twist)
“Thats weird…” I checked my wrist, the clock had just hit the 30 second mark but I looked around and there was no one there. I was a worrisome guy overall but I felt justified, I mean today was the day I was meeting my soul mate. Not that I expected my dream girl to be in the storage closet at work but still I was nervous. 
Walking out with a box the boss had requested I walked back to my cash register setting it on the shelf. My wrist hit the 20 second mark
19 seconds
18 seconds
Where was she? I could not help but get worried that an error would pop up or that she was gone and my timer would run out with no response. I panicked, I’d change my own fate if I had to. Running out of time I hurried through the back door. There was a park outside and maybe I was supposed to be there to find my soul mate. 
10 seconds
9 seconds
A faint ding of the doorbell hit my ear. Wait was that it?? She was here! I turned around running back to the counter. “Don’t worry I’m just in the back!”
I ran out looking at my wrist as it hit zero. Out of breath “Hi I’m Matt!” Sticking out my hand for a handshake it was met by a firm hand. Meeting my soulmate’s eyes for the first time they spoke. 
“I’m Steven.” The man gave a smile “It’s nice to meet you.” 

OH MY GOD 

 I watch my friend carefully. Her excitement is glowing all over her pretty face. Exactly 2 minutes left, she tells me. We’re waiting at the bus stop and the bus is coming in two minutes. I think she hoped she’d meet them on a beach at sunset or something. ”I mean that’s ok - these things can’t always be romantic I mean my mum met dad when he was working at the book store and it’s not like you can plan it to be romantic I just hoped, I mean everyone hopes don’t they-” she breaks off, looking at me awkwardly. “Sorry. It’s just a big day for me you know.” Yes I do know. You’ve been going on about it for the past year. I smile at her. ”Don’t worry. You nervous? You’ll be ok, you always are,” I grin, determined not to ruin this for her. It’s selfish of me to be moody. This is her future being determined. Right here. In now, precisely 1 minute 30 seconds. She smiles at me, but it isn’t quite reaching her eyes. She’s restless and keeps tapping her foot. Her eyes are wide with.. fear? Excitement? Nerves? Probably all of them and a thousand more things I can’t imagine. She keeps checking her wrist. So do I. The bus comes around the corner. 1 minute 10 seconds. ”Hey. I’ll leave you alone now ok? The bus is here. I’ll sit a couple of seats away, and be there if you need me,” I say, squeezing her arm reassuringly. “Good luck.” I hope it sounded sincere. The bus pulls up and I climb on first, taking a quick glance at her while I give the driver my ticket. She’s shaking and looks a little green. I want to give her a hug but know I shouldn’t interrupt now. I look at the passengers and it’s full of pensioners. My heart starts beating frantically. What? I can’t see anyone else at the bus stop. But she’s only 18, she can’t end up with a 80 year old.  I turn around and look at her - she’s breathing hard. The bus driver asks if she’s ok but she ignores him. Her eyebrows are creased and her face is flushed. Oh. Oh no. Stay calm. Someone is probably late. I give her a thumbs up and try to smile reassuringly. I think it’s more of a grimace. I take a seat near the back. Look at my watch. 25 seconds. She sits down a few seats away.
 Suddenly a dark shape runs past my window and a boy jumps on the bus. He has that same frantic look in his eyes. I breathe out with relief. ”Yeah get on, we’re running late,” the driver says, taking his ticket. The boy looks around, carefully stepping towards the seats. He’s tall and handsome, holding a sketchbook. I smile slightly; my friend hates art. 4 seconds He spots her. 3 seconds His eyes widen as he walks closer, as if being pulled by an invisible rope. 2 seconds My friend stands up too, that same rope tying her to him. 1 second - ”I was worried the bus would leave. No way could I miss meeting my soul mate!” he jokes, though he looks just as nervous as she. They smile at each other as they both sit down together. I can’t hear what they’re talking about.
 I take a deep breath and let it out slowly. Suddenly I’m crying. Hot tears dropping down my cheeks.
 I look at my wrist, scratching at it. Trying to get rid of it. 
 The numbers have never changed.
 They’ve always been at 0.

the lAST ONE HOW DARE YOU MY HEART BROKE OMF.

ohadelaide-pls:

tiptreecrossing:

legendofkorraholyshit:

generalbumi:

arnanduh:

shittyme:

ionlyblogturtles:

livingmywayeveryday:

vickified:

If a clock could count down to the moment you meet your soul mate, would you want to know?

lol yes, so then i can shave.

Has anyone written a book about this yet? I think it’d be interesting!!!!!!

     One minute, 37 seconds.
     My legs are shaking. Holy cow, there is no way I can do this. None.
     One minute, 29 secods.
     I glance around at the faces surrounding the room. Of course my Meeting would take place in the gross, overcrowded cafeteria.
     One minute, six seconds.
     Somewhere within these four walls, someone has the exact same countdown on their wrist. They’re going through the exact same pressure as me.
      54 seconds.
     Mom said I should be excited, not nervous. Yet I still find myself wiping my sweaty palms on my dress. I can’t believe she talked me into wearing a dress. I mean, shouldn’t  my Soul Mate meet me as I normally am? All plain jeans, blah shirts, and wild brown curls?
     30 seconds.
     Something deep within me tells me to stand up. I do, drawing the attention of my tablemates. They all know too. They smile encouragingly up at me. I chew my lip nervously.
     25 seconds.
     That same feeling pulls me towards the center of the room. My stomach drops away from me as I take a step in that direction.
     20 seconds.
     I continue in that direction. With each step the tempo of my heart picks up.
     19. Faster.
     18. Quicker.
     17. More rapid.
     16.  It’s racing.
     Oh my god this is it. The moment my life changes forever.
     My eyes search frantically around the cafeteria, searching for someone who looks as nervous as me. For someone who’s heading towards their future with no sense of direction like me.
     10 seconds.
     The feeling directs me slightly to the left. I turn to accomodate.
     5. My heart has given up entirely.
     4. I stop walking.
     3. Just waiting left.
     2. Everything is about to change.
     1. Deep breath.

     0000 d 00 h  00 m  00 s

     Someone bumps my shoulder. I twirl around and my gray eyes meet blue, blue ones.
     “Hello there, love. It appears as though we’re Soul Mates then, eh?”
     As my words fail me, the only thing I can think is “I’m so glad I shaved this morning.”

^^^ THIS IS AMAZING

i think youre gonna write the book i nominate you you have no choice go get writing now

(I’d like to play what would happen in the ultimate plot twist)

“Thats weird…” I checked my wrist, the clock had just hit the 30 second mark but I looked around and there was no one there. I was a worrisome guy overall but I felt justified, I mean today was the day I was meeting my soul mate. Not that I expected my dream girl to be in the storage closet at work but still I was nervous. 

Walking out with a box the boss had requested I walked back to my cash register setting it on the shelf. My wrist hit the 20 second mark

19 seconds

18 seconds

Where was she? I could not help but get worried that an error would pop up or that she was gone and my timer would run out with no response. I panicked, I’d change my own fate if I had to. Running out of time I hurried through the back door. There was a park outside and maybe I was supposed to be there to find my soul mate. 

10 seconds

9 seconds

A faint ding of the doorbell hit my ear. Wait was that it?? She was here! I turned around running back to the counter. “Don’t worry I’m just in the back!”

I ran out looking at my wrist as it hit zero. Out of breath “Hi I’m Matt!” Sticking out my hand for a handshake it was met by a firm hand. Meeting my soulmate’s eyes for the first time they spoke. 

“I’m Steven.” The man gave a smile “It’s nice to meet you.” 

OH MY GOD 

 I watch my friend carefully. Her excitement is glowing all over her pretty face. Exactly 2 minutes left, she tells me. We’re waiting at the bus stop and the bus is coming in two minutes. I think she hoped she’d meet them on a beach at sunset or something.
 ”I mean that’s ok - these things can’t always be romantic I mean my mum met dad when he was working at the book store and it’s not like you can plan it to be romantic I just hoped, I mean everyone hopes don’t they-” she breaks off, looking at me awkwardly. “Sorry. It’s just a big day for me you know.” Yes I do know. You’ve been going on about it for the past year. I smile at her.
 ”Don’t worry. You nervous? You’ll be ok, you always are,” I grin, determined not to ruin this for her. It’s selfish of me to be moody. This is her future being determined. Right here. In now, precisely 1 minute 30 seconds.
 She smiles at me, but it isn’t quite reaching her eyes. She’s restless and keeps tapping her foot. Her eyes are wide with.. fear? Excitement? Nerves? Probably all of them and a thousand more things I can’t imagine. She keeps checking her wrist. So do I. The bus comes around the corner. 1 minute 10 seconds.
 ”Hey. I’ll leave you alone now ok? The bus is here. I’ll sit a couple of seats away, and be there if you need me,” I say, squeezing her arm reassuringly. “Good luck.” I hope it sounded sincere.

 The bus pulls up and I climb on first, taking a quick glance at her while I give the driver my ticket. She’s shaking and looks a little green. I want to give her a hug but know I shouldn’t interrupt now. I look at the passengers and it’s full of pensioners. My heart starts beating frantically. What? I can’t see anyone else at the bus stop. But she’s only 18, she can’t end up with a 80 year old. 
 I turn around and look at her - she’s breathing hard. The bus driver asks if she’s ok but she ignores him. Her eyebrows are creased and her face is flushed. Oh. Oh no. Stay calm. Someone is probably late. I give her a thumbs up and try to smile reassuringly. I think it’s more of a grimace.

 I take a seat near the back. Look at my watch. 25 seconds. She sits down a few seats away.

 Suddenly a dark shape runs past my window and a boy jumps on the bus. He has that same frantic look in his eyes. I breathe out with relief.
 ”Yeah get on, we’re running late,” the driver says, taking his ticket. The boy looks around, carefully stepping towards the seats. He’s tall and handsome, holding a sketchbook. I smile slightly; my friend hates art.
 4 seconds
 He spots her.
 3 seconds
 His eyes widen as he walks closer, as if being pulled by an invisible rope.
 2 seconds
 My friend stands up too, that same rope tying her to him.
 1 second -
 ”I was worried the bus would leave. No way could I miss meeting my soul mate!” he jokes, though he looks just as nervous as she. They smile at each other as they both sit down together. I can’t hear what they’re talking about.

 I take a deep breath and let it out slowly. Suddenly I’m crying. Hot tears dropping down my cheeks.

 I look at my wrist, scratching at it. Trying to get rid of it. 

 The numbers have never changed.

 They’ve always been at 0.

the lAST ONE HOW DARE YOU MY HEART BROKE OMF.

983,702 notes   •   January 14 2014, 05:41 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
#story   #soulmates   #writing   #romance   #interesting   

musicfoundme:

IF YOU WANNA BE MY LOVER

YOU GOTTA tell me really explicitely because I can’t tell when people are actually flirting with me

343,336 notes   •   January 09 2014, 06:37 AM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
#me   #romance   #accurate   

eevachu:

reaill:

thebeccabeast:

sammymontoya:

enjoy this 8 page comic i drew in 1 day and inked in 2.

no one who knows me in real life would ever believe all the fluffy romantic comics I draw;;;

alternate title is: I HAVE STRONG OPINIONS ON DWARF BEARDS

OMG FEELINGS. 

DWARF FEELINGS

AAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!

THAT IS ADORABLE OMFG

70,547 notes   •   January 02 2014, 10:18 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
#comics   #cute   #adorable   #love   #romance   #couple   #dwarves   #story   #happiness   

mamalalonde:

yungbiochemist:

Don’t flirt subtly or drop hints I’m dumb be blunt

 

256,993 notes   •   December 28 2013, 07:32 AM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
#humor   #me   #romance   

saddeer:

I have this weird theory that some people are drawn to each other because their atoms were near each other when the universe was created and over time the same atoms keep coming back together

816,601 notes   •   December 27 2013, 09:23 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
#cute   #romance   #love   #soulmates   
bedazzledbodybag:

milsotherapy:

Doing it right bro

bedazzledbodybag:

milsotherapy:

Doing it right bro

1,027 notes   •   December 25 2013, 06:37 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
#Christmas   #romance   #cute   

conor-cymex:

mydogsnokes:

i will not buy flowers for a girl because flowers are stupid and worthless and they die like really fast. get a girl a rock. rocks are strong. rocks don’t die after 2 days

diamond

the word you’re looking for is diamond

213,487 notes   •   December 20 2013, 02:01 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
#humor   #romance   

greathaircut:

i cant wait to get a boyfriend, im all prepared. i punched some holes in the lid of this jar and i put some grass and a twig in it

152,636 notes   •   November 09 2013, 06:01 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
#humor   #misandry   #me   #romance