Why do they want to be together to begin with?
"The key is not so much that the characters have the same (or similar) needs, but that the characters fulfil each other’s needs."
Physical, Security, Control, Attention, Autonomy, Emotional Intimacy, Sense of Belonging, Achievement, Status, Validation, Purpose, Understanding.
"Think of what the hero and heroine need, and then think of how the other character is the
one who can deliver that to them."
"This works even if the characters
they need something other than what they
Main conflict/Driving force
What's keeping the romance from happening?
She's about to go overseas
Her work/student visa is expiring
Pretending to be someone else
"She’s already ruled him out..."
"She doesn’t trust her past dating choices."
He’s got a reputation
Too much of an age-gap
"Their cultures clash" (e.g. fighter vs. bibliophile)
She doesn’t want distractions
"They are competitors."
"He got the job that she was hoping to be promoted into, and she’s seething."
"They are co-workers and they don’t want to make things weird"
None of this "drama for the sake of drama" crap.