There seems to be a very common problem in fiction pertaining to romantic relationships. Authors create characters who are supposedly meant to be together and fall in love, but their interactions are bland and boring (honestly, that protagonist had more chemistry with her sandwich). Yet for some reason, this is incredibly common.
I didn’t really understand it until I started writing my NaNo MS. Ceri and Bel are meant for each other. They would be great together. But for some reason, I couldn’t get their chemistry on the page, and I couldn’t figure out why. Now that I’ve changed Cheri’s gender, they definitely have a lot more chemistry (Bel is sexless and genderless, but Cheri’s personality went through a huge shift, which certainly contributed to better interactions), but there’s still that strange awkwardness of building their relationship throughout the course of the MS that I can’t seem to get right.
So, of course, I did some research.