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How To Write a Love Story that Will Make Readers Sit on the Edge of Their Seats

There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.

Sean P. Durham
5 min readOct 27, 2022


Firstly, read a lot of stories that you know cause readers to weep, cry, tear-up with joy. Ask questions about why that happens.

How do you write a short romantic story that will make the reader tear up with joy?

Read “Love Story”, then, “Oliver’s Story”, by Erich Segal. These two evergreen romantic, teary stories that came spinning into the world in 1970. Without internet, or much promotion, swept through the world like a whirlwind. Readers just had to tell each other about the book it was so good.

A love story tugs at the heart strings in the same way a damned good thriller does. It’s highly emotional content causes a reader to sit on the edge of their seat, stay up all night, and miss their bus stop just because what’s in the story becomes important to them.

The thing about love stories is that they deal with one of the most misunderstood of human emotions, yet an emotion that everybody wants to deeply understand.

Love offers fulfilment, and happiness. The idea of love in Hollywood is that if you can just find your true love, you’ll also find everlasting happiness.

In real life, this seldom turns out to be true. Many people find their love, and live happily. But also they deal with all the problems of life as they wander along hand in hand.

You have to become a master of understanding the emotions that cause people to want something badly — something worth having. Love is worth having, especially if it promises happiness.

Just as in comedy there is also tragedy. In love there are high hopes, then disappointments, tragedy, deception, love-hate situations, misunderstandings about who the other person really is, and all the other emotions that drive our fears, are involved, and functioning on high-octane levels when we fall in love. No wonder people love a good romance.

Writing romance is a tough business. There’s a lot of competition out there. great…



Sean P. Durham

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