The relationships your characters have can deepen your story's plot, enhance the connection between your characters and readers, raise tension, complicate conflicts, and much more. The following are 8 ways you can use relationships between your characters to enhance the stories you write.
Tip 1: Create resonance with your audience by putting your characters in
relationships that matter most to and intrigue your readers.
Tip 2: Use your character relationships to better reveal your characters' personality and inner conflicts.
Tip 3: Use character relationships to pull your readers deeper into the story and your characters’ lives.
Tip 4: Use your character interactions to give your characters more profound opportunities to experience growth or change.
Tip 5: Deepen your plot with character relationships that increase the conflict, tension and emotional/physical stakes of the story.
Tip 6: Deepen your plot with character relationships that impede, thwart or help the protagonists’ success, or distract the protagonists from the end goal.
Tip 7: Raise the emotional tension of your stories by creating relationship events or taking character relationships in a direction that terrify your readers.
Tip 8: Increase the emotional connection between your readers and characters by creating relationship events or taking character relationships in a direction that makes readers worry, sad and/or happy.
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