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Ten top tips: Write to the heart

With Valentine’s Day upcoming, Liz Gregory shares ten top tips on writing about love

It’s coming up to that time of year again. Whether you love it or dread it, it’s hard to ignore the fact that St Valentine’s Day falls slap bang in the middle of February. Here are a few tips for making the most of all that love in the air and using it as inspiration for your writing.

Relationship advice

There are all sorts of potential topics here, ranging from the very serious to the extremely light-hearted. Obviously you should only attempt the former if you are well-qualified to do so – if a relationship is physically or verbally abusive, for example, or has left someone feeling very vulnerable. These situations need to be handled sensitively, and anyone wishing to pass on advice and guidance must be aware of the potential consequences if this is not done properly. That still leaves plenty of scope for more informal, humorous pieces. A few years ago, many of these were on tackling the thorny world of online dating, for example, or trends such as speed dating. If you can find the next big trend then you may well be on to something (and don’t forget to share it with the rest of us!)

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