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How to Write a YA Novel – The Love Triangle

If you are just tuning in to this guide to writing a YA novel, don’t worry, you didn’t miss much. In fact, this step in writing the novel is the most important. So important, in fact, that it’s been through a heavy reviewing process t(o cach the grammer misspeaks_  just so it would give you everything that you must know about The Love Triangle.  (As a side note, one should always check for errors in their stories. Do errors break the story, not always, but they are very annoying for literate people).

The love triangle is the driving force behind your story. Your strong, independent teenager- who is dependent on her parent for all of life’s needs- must, at the first sign of a Y chromosome, abandon her ability to think and choose. Why?

Because she sits by that guy in class. We all know him: Adonis-like features, chiseled muscles and facial features that make Greek statues turn green with envy. He’s exceptionally intelligent, exceptionally popular, and exceptionally…..beautiful. His eyes must pierce the protagonist to her soul, make her swoon. His wavy brown hair screams to have her hands run through them. Two-thirds of every scene with this character must be descriptions of his physical features and their LSD-like effects on the protagonist’s mind. The other 1/3 can be her cleaning her drool off her desk and being an utter waste of oxygen.

Yes, this is that guy. The One. The Only. The…prrrrrreescioussssss…… Now that we’re done establishing what he looks like, what is he like? Well, to be original and memorable, let’s make him a vampire (Making him a werewolf would be pushing the boundaries, you rebel writer you).

He must watch her constantly, and not in the way a parent watches their kids on the playground. He must not blink. He must be a serial stalker and be so mysterious and standoffish that doctors everywhere would label him as sociopathic. But beneath that cold, creepy exterior is the man every teenage girl wants: a man to be utterly possessive of her, controlling her every action and thought, keeping her away from her family and friends. If she needs to use the restroom, she must ask his permission, and even then he is likely watching her through the crack of the stall door to ensure she is “safe”.

And that’s it. That’s the love triangle.

Whoa hold on! Triangles need three ends right? Sure, but the second love interest is some dude she met and promptly friend-zoned. Who wouldn’t? He enjoys nerdy things, he likes the outdoors, he’s been watching out for her since forever doing dumb things like helping her with her homework at the expense of his own, standing up for her against bullies in third grade, holding a very powerful crush on her, but keeping his feelings in check because he respects her and gives her space… you know, dumb things. This is to contrast with the main love interest and his lust for flesh, which is the guy every girl wants. If you must have another paranormal character. It can be him, but never allow this character to ever brood or be mysterious.

I hope you enjoyed this series on writing a YA novel. If you have questions about plot and character development and crafting scenes, just leave those by the door and I’ll throw them away on my way out. Aliens may be invading, hell may be freezing, the apocalypse may be happening and the only character that can save the world is our female protagonist. But she must not care about any of this. The only thing that should matter to her, to you and to your story is: Does that guy love me? Or he loves me not? I shall spend all eternity with him or I will kill myself.

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