Writing about friendship – Rebecca Raisin
By Rebecca Raisin
Friendship, as well as romance, are strong themes in my books. They go hand in hand, after all! Who else can you tell your secrets to, if not your best friend? ♥
And every budding romance has its complications. A conflict with love gone awry, is a great way to bring in other characters; girls who support the heroine, but can also be the ones who dole out tough-love advice too.
The basis of these friendships are a good way to bring the story into the present, with lots of action, and helps show the reader what kind of person your heroine is, and how her friends view the conflict in her life. She can be honest with her friends, and pour her heart out to them, knowing her friends will keep a confidence.
By including a best friend, or a small group of girlfriends, you have the added element of fun, and the invariable gossip that ensues. The pacing can pick up, by showing them out and about, what do they like to do? Are they book clubbers, or cocktail drinkers? Shopping queens, or yoga lovers? Your heroine has a busy life, what does it include? Or is she quieter? More laid back?
Where do they live? It’s a good way to include the setting of a story. Is you main character walking briskly up a hill with her best friend like they do every day, chatting about the disastrous date from the night before? Does her friend remind her of the last bad date she had which was ten times worse? By using dialogue, and an active scene, you can really pad out your characters and show the reader their everyday lives, what they like, love, loathe, in a natural way, that doesn’t sound like an info dump.
Is there a conflict later on, with the girls? Some added drama to spice things up. Does the heroine cancel on her friend one too many times because she’s flushed with love? Best friends bicker, it doesn’t always have to be sunshine and butterflies. And some tense scenes can show the reader what your character is made of. How will she react to being called out? What kind of friend is she once she’s found love? How has the journey changed them, and how have they developed as people?
At the end of your story, when the heroine finds her happy ever after, she can celebrate with her friend, their squabbles over, them both learning something more about each other. Maybe their friendship is stronger for the honesty, and the story will benefit from the additional layers. Have fun writing friendships, like in real-life, they’re never perfect, but they’re worth it.
Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been widely published in short story anthologies, and in fiction magazines. And now she is focusing on writing romance. Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships and believe in true love.