How To Drive Romantic Fiction Forward With Tension

Here is how to use tension to develop a love story.

Darius Lovehall in LOVE JONES, 1997

A key element to moving a story forward is tension. This is the push and pull between maybe two characters, or a character and nature or a character and himself. In romance, tension is usually between two characters, though often there is an inner conflict between each of the characters that amps up the stakes.