Hi. So Im writing a romance/coming of age novel. My two main characters are in high school, they meet at the beginning of the year, fall in love, and so on. I have other characters that are included many times throughout the story but I’m a little worried that I’ve focused too much on their romance. Of course, this includes conflict between them. Can this actually be a problem? All chapters involve both of the love interests. (Maybe this is completely normal) but I would appriciate an opinion.


Coming of Age Romance Novel

Actually, if you’re writing a romance, you want to focus on the relationship, especially if you’re exploring romance in the coming of age context. But, you still want to make sure to include some of the other many interesting “coming of age” experiences, which will vary depending on the time and place where your story takes place. But some of these can even be related to the romance, such as friends or family not approving of the relationship for whatever reason, strict parents making it hard for the couple to spend time together, conflict in personal goals (wanting to go to different colleges or spending summers doing different things), and even conflict in future life goals, like one wanting to travel the world after college, and the other wanting to go immediately into grad school. This way, although these other conflicts impact the relationship, they sort of become their own subplots–like a subplot where Character A’s best friend can’t stand Character B, or where Character B did something really irresponsible over the summer, so now they’re grounded and the parents are super strict, making it hard for the couple to see each other. Dealing with the disapproving friend and working through the “bad summer” issues would be great subplots, creating obstacles for the romance but still adding their own layers to the story. 🙂

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