Now that I’ve inflicted this incredibly long image on you . . .
NEVER EVER FOLLOW WRITING ADVICE FROM THE INTERNET
Yes, I really did just post that image then tell you not to follow it. However, despite all of my rampant egotism, I am aware that my own philosophy is recursive, so go ahead and ignore me.
Anyway . . .
It’s your story, and chances are that if you’re writing romance, it’s your fantasy as well. Don’t turn it into a formula.
Personally, I can’t stand slow burn “we’re just friends” relationships — I have quit quite a few novels and TV series over it. In real life, my husband and I eloped quickly after meeting, skipped the typical dating thing all together, and have a better marriage than anyone I know. That’s what I know and what I like — slow burn always comes across as contrived and indecisive.
I also hate “on again, off again,” relationships, and quit reading/watching over them as well because it’s unnecessary drama. I like it when characters stay together against every odd.
Essentially, if I followed this list I would wind up with a story that I loathed.
It’s far better to write what you love, especially when it comes to love.