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Five Tips To Improve Your Romance Script

Crafting a compelling romance script involves more than just following a template or replicating scenes from other films.

To create an engaging narrative that resonates with your audience, consider these five tips. 

Each is essential for enhancing the authenticity and emotional impact of your story.

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1. Develop a Complex Protagonist For Your Romance Script

This may seem obvious, but in the realm of romance scripts, the protagonist plays a pivotal role in driving the narrative forward.

Instead of presenting a flawless hero or heroine, introduce a character with inherent issues with their personality or some other internal problem that they are facing.

Consider how these flaws lead to defence mechanisms and facades that fuel interpersonal conflict between the characters in your story.

All of your protagonist’s imperfections create room for personal growth and transformation, adding depth to the storyline and creating the need for change in the first place. 

By delving into the protagonist’s vulnerabilities, you create a relatable and authentic foundation for your romance script.

Watch the clip below for a perfect example of this in When Harry Met Sally as Harry’s vulnerabilities and skepticism leak into an argument with Sally.

2. Think of the Love Interest as the Antagonist

Many writers associate the word ‘antagonist’ to mean the ‘villain’. But this isn’t actually the case.

The antagonist is simply a force of opposition who forces the protagonist to act. In a romance script, the antagonist is actually the love interest. 

By framing the love interest as the antagonist, you can introduce tension and conflict within the romantic dynamic, making the journey towards love more compelling and emotionally charged.

In Spike Jonze’s Her, Samanta, Theodore’s AI operating system pushes him to realise the true value of human connection.

Click the button below to watch my in-depth analysis of this protagonist-antagonist relationship.

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3. Abandon Conventional Structure for a Romance Script

If you trawl the internet looking for information about romance structure, you’ll find rigid beat sheets talking about the first meeting, the first kiss and major arguments.

Avoid rigidly adhering to a predefined template. Instead, allow the story to unfold organically based on the characters’ emotional states. 

By personalising the structure, you will create a unique narrative that surprises and captivates the audience.

Let the characters dictate the pace, making each romantic milestone feel authentic and genuine.

4. Bring Authenticity from Your Own Personal Relationships

To inject realism into your romance script, draw inspiration from your own romantic experiences.

Explore the challenges, psychological roots, and insecurities that contributed to both the highs and lows.

Think about the things you never said to the romantic partners you’ve had in your lives, and consider how these unspoken truths can boil beneath the surface of your charater’s lives.

By doing this, you will ensure a level of specificity that resonates with the reader.

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5. Explore Subplots for Enhanced Drama

Beyond the central romantic arc, consider the impact of subplots and relationships with secondary characters.

These additional layers contribute to the fluctuating dramatic trajectory of the script.

Explore how these subplots intertwine with the main relationship, adding complexity and depth to the narrative.

By weaving in multiple storylines, you create a rich tapestry of emotions that enhances the overall impact of your romance script.

In conclusion, crafting an exceptional romance script involves a delicate balance of character development, narrative structure, authenticity, and intricate subplots.

By incorporating these five tips, you can elevate your storytelling craft, creating a script that captivates audiences and stands out in the competitive landscape of romantic storytelling.

Nick Fore Script Doctor / Script Consultant

Nick Fore is an experienced script consultant who reads screenplays for the British Film Institute.

He has written comprehensive coverage on over 1,000 scripts and has helped screenwriters get their work into development with production companies such as Imagine Entertainment and Screen Ireland. 

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