Okay, so I have a bit of a dilemma. Do you think it's possible to convincingly write about love if you have never been in love?
I've read a few bits of advice, some of it from well known authors, that say they don't want to read romance from people who have never been in love. I thought that was a bit unfair. I mean, obviously, it would be great if you could use your previous experiences for inspiration, but not everyone is lucky enough to be able to. It doesn’t mean that the person can’t write it from imagination. Isn’t that the same as saying I can’t write about fighting a magical dragon because I’ve never fought a magical dragon?
I've been writing a contemporary teen fiction story and romance is one of the key plots. I love the story idea but I'm worried that I can't write about romance if being in love is something I've never been lucky enough to experience. What do you think?