Here you will find some tips, advice, and thoughts to hopefully help you in writing your next friends to lovers romance!
Don’t forget the roots! It’s a friends to lovers romance after all, so try and make the friendship a big part of the story. The friendship is the upclimb, where the conflict and tension builds, so don’t ignore the friendship aspect. Find a way to establish a friendship that is unique. Avoid ‘love at first sight’ and try to create a different kind of connection. Do they have a routine they follow when they are together? Did it start off as playful banter or jokes turned compassion?
Awkward is okay. Let’s face it, how can anyone go from being friends to lovers without there being a little awkwardness in between. But, it is up to you to choose the kind of awkward. Whether it be cute, sexy ,or comedic depends on how you built the characters.
Make the reader care. Off the bat the reader doesn’t want to already think everything will work out between the two characters. Hint at the beginning the connection between the characters, but don’t give them a full on romance from the start. Trust your reader to pick up on the little things, and let there be some doubt- a risk involved where the two characters might not be able to work it out.
These are just a few tips and some helpful advice to get the ball rolling on your friends to lovers romance. Please share any additional tips you may have. And check out some of our authors’ very own friends to lovers novels to give you some inspiration!
It happens to the best of us…we say we are going to read, read, read and then once life catches up to us or we aren’t feeling inspired the reading stops. And it may take a while to get back into the swing of things.
But don’t worry! Follow some of these tips to put you back in the reading mood!
Listen to recommendations.
Sometimes things truly go in one ear and out the other, but try and listen to what your fellow readers have to say! Give one of their recommendations a shot, you might be pleasantly surprised.
Pick up an old favorite.
Go back to a book you know you love to put you back into the mood. After you finish it you may be more eager to try something new.
Celebrity reading lists.
If you have a favorite celebrity like Reese Witherspoon or Oprah take a look at their reading list. It could spark some inspiration!
Judge a book by its cover.
I know. I know. But sometimes it’s necessary! Take a good stroll through the bookstore or browse a website and just see what catches your eye. You want to look for something that you know you will open!
Try a new method.
If you have only picked up a paperback book, switch it up! Listen to an audiobook or try an ebook out and see if you like it better.
I get in my own rut from time to time, but I like to use these tips for myself to put me back in my reading game! Try them out and see if they work for you!
Welcome audiobook lovers! Each month we feature new releases that we helped produce alongside some of our great authors. If you like to stay up to date with the releases follow us on facebook and instagram!
Our audiobooks will always range in genre, so there’s something for everyone! Take a peek into the book below and see if it’s something that interests you.
Dive into a new world, laugh your worries away in a romantic comedy, or open your heart to love with one of these amazing audiobooks. Let us know what you think!
Take a break. Boost your mood with some fun DIY crafts (literary inspired of course).
You are more creative than you think, believe me! So why not take the time to try something new? Do you have a pile of old books that you don’t read or are to the point of falling apart? Now is the time to turn them into something new!
Browse our selection of crafts that you can start today!
Print on them
Take your favorite pages and turn them into a new piece of art! Use whatever medium you want paint, ink, or even other scraps of paper. Frame it and bam! Your new favorite wall piece is created.
Make your favorite bookmark on your own! As we all know the spine is usually the first to go with old books. So take it and create a piece that you can use with your new books!
There are many, many more craft ideas you can do- there are plenty of options out there! I find it so rewarding to take something that would not necessarily be used and to turn it into something new. Let us know if you gave one of these crafts a try!
The world is changing at our feet. But that doesn’t mean we can’t incorporate some fun into our daily lives!
This gives ‘your nose is always stuck in a book’ a new meaning! If you have to wear a mask, at least make it something worth putting on. These also make for a great back to school accessory for kids or if you work in education.
I, like most people, say I love to read but never have time to pick up the right book and finish it. And while there is no right and wrong way to read, I have noticed some key tricks to make myself a better reader.
Make a list.
There might be some power in checking off a box, because I know I am more productive when a list is involved. So create a list of all the books you want to read that month or year and get checking!
Read several books at once.
For me I know as soon as a book starts to feel boring I put it down and never return. However, if you read several books at once and create options for yourself there will be more of a chance you will open the book up again.
And feel free to mix it up! Read a book and also have an audiobook on hand for an alternative option. It can be very refreshing from print books to relax your eyes and get a fresh look on a book.
Try before you buy.
Read the Kindle or Amazon sample before you buy a book. Get a taste for the writing style to determine if it’s a book you would enjoy until the end. Maybe even read a few reviews, but watch out for spoilers!
If you are a blogger or someone who likes to share their reading findings, I find that it is easier to take notes while reading rather than afterwards. It may seem like this process takes longer, but it is better than going back into the passage to look for something you thought you read. Plus, taking notes is a great way to retain what you just read!
Take note of your down time.
Find the right time to read for you. On a lunch break, right before bed, or on your commute to work. There is no bad time to read, but you also have to accept that sometimes you may not find the time. For me I noticed that I could be replacing my screen time with reading a book. You might have to find a new balance but once you do reading will be much easier!
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The future of Tik Tok is unclear, however there is no denying the impact it has on small business owners and their work. So promote your work now, and let the people know who you are!
Tik Tok Do’s and Don’ts
Do keep it fun! Tik Tok is a great way to show the fun and humorous side of your brand. So be creative and try to make the viewers smile:)
Do use music. Music is a big part of Tik Tok, especially since the beginning. Viewers are more inclined to finish a video if it is paired with audio…especially when the audio is very popular.
Do shoot vertical. If you shoot horizontal you will get unflattering black bars on the side of your video.
Do use a challenge. There is almost always a popular challenge going around Tik Tok and with the appropriate use of hashtags your video will more likely be viewed.
Do mimic content that’s trending. This doesn’t mean don’t be creative, but by mimicking a popular trend viewers will be drawn to it and continue to watch.
Don’t make an average ad. Viewers are not here necessarily to be sold to. They want to have fun and be inspired. Push the business/product in a fun way without being directly sold to.
Tik Tok is a great way to drive your business. Try and get in contact with influencers or creators that are doing well on Tik Tok in a like-minded way to your business/product. The more humorous and entertaining you are the more likely your video will be shared and liked.
This is not going to say that creating is easy. It takes time and effort just like everything else. So do your research! Look up businesses/products like your own and see what trends are going around. Now more than ever is a perfect time to self promote on digital platforms. Remember, it only takes one video to go viral.
You may have thought this popular app was just full of dances, but there is so much more! Especially for book lovers and literature enthusiasts. So next time you find yourself scrolling through the app, check out these bookish accounts!
If you want to take a step back from book recommendations and quirky videos, check out @bearcub79’s account for awesome book binding demonstrations! If you want a closer look into the process and get restoration tips this is a good place to start.