You’re setting pen to paper, fingers to keyboard… whatever floats your boat. You’re about to start planning out your brilliant new novel. It’s going to be great, a hit, a New York Times Bestseller! You begin to plan out your main plot, as well as some subplots to spice things up.
Is one of those subplots going to be a relationship? More than likely.
Is that relationship going to be romantic? Or will it be something different?
A sibling relationship? Mother-Daughter? Perhaps, a platonic relationship that doesn’t end with them getting together?
I know, shocking.
But, let me reiterate:
“Variety is the spice of life.”
Let’s add some spice to our stories, give them something other than a romantic subplot.
Sibling Relationship: Brother and sister, sister and sister, brother and sister. Catch my drift? Siblings have a great relationship. We might push each other’s buttons, fight with each other, but all in all, we love each other… in our own weird way.
Sibling relationships can call for some interesting developments in a story. Two fighting siblings are forced to cooperate after they have been kidnapped; they must find a way to escape. This idea also gives a way for character development.
Example: Not a book but… the relationship between Sam and Dean Winchester. These two really know how to push each other’s buttons. We have watched prank wars ensue, stupid fights and of course, the classic ‘Bitch, Jerk’ moments. The two have their moments.
Sam and Dean constantly go behind each other’s backs; Sam with the Demon Blood, Dean with the Mark of Cain, so on and so on. Yet even after all that, they are family and family sticks together. These two have saved each other’s lives since the very first episode; and before that. They make a great team.
Parent-Child Relationship: Okay, I don’t know about you but I love a kickass Mother-Daughter team- same goes for Father-Son, Mother-Son and Father-Daughter. I just think that the dynamic they have can be so interesting. The parent will naturally be protective of their children, and the kids will naturally be fairly fond of their parents. If the two are close the scenarios that ensue can be pretty hilarious. I love seeing parent-child relationships where the parent and the child can act as if they are best friends, joking around, poking fun at each other. It all in all provides some pretty comedic moments.
Though it can also go the other way. If the two are close they can be used against each other, like in any form of relationship. A mother/father will most likely do anything to get their child back and this can be cause for some quite dark character development given the situation.
Example: Also not a book, Doctor Who. Specifically one of my favourite episodes, The Doctor’s Daughter. The relationship I am talking about is obviously the Father-Daughter relationship between Jenny and the Doctor. This was a great relationship from the start.
But it also caused a lot of problems for the Doctor. He had a hard time coming to the terms with the fact that he once again had a child. Then of course, at the end of the episode, he experienced the tragedy of losing yet another child. This is one of the closest times the Doctor has ever come to killing someone in the New Who series.
Now, how do you go about writing these kinds of relationships? Simple. Go with your instinct. Writing a relationship like these is similar to writing those you already write; friendships. There is nothing saying that you can’t be best friends with your mother, father or siblings.It’s as simple as making the two friends, though they do have their own dynamic. Writing about a Mother-Daughter relationship is similar to writing about a ‘mom-friend’; they are caring, loving and always like to make sure you are okay. They can provide great support in your main character’s quest and in hard times.
That’s it for today! I hope this helped, I’m not sure seeing as though it’s my first blog post. Comment if you have anything to add on this subject, I’d love to hear your thoughts! On that note; have fun writing!
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