How to Write an I Love You Scene


Part One


    1. Chose the characters who will interact during this scene.

»A. It could be as little as one character (someone standing in the mirror saying it to themself) to an infinite amount of characters (a kingdom bowing to a ruler and saying the phrase).

I.     What imprint will this leave on the target character? Already have an idea of how love will “conquer all” per se. Think about the consequences of saying this phrase and the meaning behind it. I love you could be as simple as meaning someone is a good friend to being a lover. There is different kinds of love so establish what relationship these characters have by being subtle if it isn’t already clear.

II.   What love language is this phrase being said in? There are five main ways to show love. That is through gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service (devotion), and physical touch (intimacy). Depending on the relationship between the character(s), decide how the phrase “I love you” will be said and what will accompany it.Below are some examples:

A. A man says I love you and then gives his girlfriend a wedding ring.
B. A mother goes to her son’s soccer game to cheer him on. Before dropping him off she says “I love you.”
C. A servant is offered a full time job elsewhere with better pay but decides to stay with her employer instead. She tells him she loves his friendship and couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.
D. A newlywed couple make love in the wedding bedroom. Both say “I love you” during the act.

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»B. What is at stake? What changes will soon follow?

I.  Similar to the first example, show what the consequences will be. For this part you should go into more detail. If a friend says I love you to another friend will it makes things too weird and ruin the friendship? How? If a girl says I love you to a guy that is breaking up with her, does it make her have an emotional breakdown later on when he does reciprocate the feelings? Can a married man saying I love you to an old-time friend spark up some overdue feelings and cause him to cheat on his spouse?

II.  What causes the character(s) to say this well-known phrase? What gave them the courage to do so? Did a pal encourage them to go for it? Were they miserable withholding the information and needed to let it out or else? Were they dying and this was their last words to a loved one whom they’ve never really spoke to?

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»C.Prepare the character ahead of the deed!

I.    That morning he/she could have rehearsed their lines in the mirror or written down a note in order to give it to the targeted person. If you don’t want to go back too far you can always do a short sentence or two telling the reader what the character had done earlier to prepare.

II. What are they doing nervously while in the moment? Breathing heavily, calm, sweating? Looking everywhere but the person, staring too deep in their eyes? Folding the napkin several times over to occupy their mind and prevent from mumbling anything weird.

III.    All of this really depends on if they mean it or not. Is the “I love you” real or forced? Are they just saying it back to the other character to make them happy? If they mean it then it should be shown through their actions. If they don’t then show it through actions as well. Although, if the character is lying and wants to look believable, they may do a few nervous seeming gestures themselves to look more realistic.


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Part Two

»A. Make the scene memorable for both the characters and the reader through scenery, setting, words and secrets exchanged, plot twists revealed, etc.

I.  Hopefully you have already established the place where this is talking place and have written some decent conversation between the characters. Now it’s time to juice it up. How is the scenery important to them? Was it where they first met or he first asked her to be his girlfriend? Is the same things still up that were there fifteen years ago such as signs or the M&L Forever carving on the chair? This can definitely spark up good conversation to, not only prevent the character from being nervous, but give the reader further details about your characters history together and why this moment is especially important.

II. Furthermore, what plot twists are revealed or secrets exchanged? Could it be the targeted person confesses to being in love with the character’s best friend instead… or that she is pregnant, or he/she cheated? Here are some twist that would be great:

A. The targeted characters knows the main character is lying through their teeth and calls them out for it.
Even shows them video footage of them cheating. Slaps them across the face and walks away angry.
B. The “I love you” saying character (main character) doesn’t mean I love you in the “in love” sense and the targeted character takes it the wrong way. Now, throughout the entire chapter the main character has to pretend to be in love with them to prevent breaking the targeted character’s heart.
C. The character says I love you but then breaks up with the targeted character because they don’t think they are good enough or worthy.
D. If a gift is given it’s the wrong one and is revealed to be something that could ruin the moment or relationship entirely.

III.    What actions does this all lead up to? A make-out session, a slap in the face, running for one’s life, awkward silence? Is this a civilized exchanged or something seen out of a drama show? Do the character make up soon enough or let days, months or even years pass before making amends?

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Part Three

  1. What is the immediate aftermath of saying “I love you”?

»A. What are the emotions running through your character’s head? They can have a smile on their face but secretly be depressed inside.

I.   Does the individual take it back or regret saying it? Do they go home to think about what they just did or beat themself up for it? Even if the person reciprocated the feelings there could be some regret. Maybe they thought they loved the person but really don’t.

II.   Is a I can’t live without you speech coming along?.How about I knew at first sight you were the one speech. Or if it’s between family the I am so proud of you speech. There is a difference between the regular conversation bought up in Part Two and the speech. The conversation can be about the past, present or future or the day, or school, work, etc. The meaningful speech is usually after saying I love you and after the targeted person makes their response. It is based on deep feelings and the root of why the individual loves the person in the first place.

III.   What word or gesture ends this scene? Make it a good one. It could be a simple as “I’m sorry Miranda, but I don’t feel the same way. I wish I did. Honestly, I wish I did.” And the character lowers their head. Or something upbeat as the characters dancing in the rain because they are now engaged. You decide what closes this scene and why a simple comment or gesture can completely shut a person down or open a person up. In other words, what is the last straw for the character before they completely give up or give in?

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    • Sorry about that! I changed the landing page from Surprise Pregnancy to I Love You Scene. Thanks for the heads-up; I will change the url to it now.

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