How to create chemistry between two characters. This is not about getting the sexual encounter on the first date and then loving each other later. This is about a realistic type of feeling the build-up of feelings, then the romance, then getting physical in that order, please.
1. Build the anticipation
I as a reader need to get to know each individual characters. Why are they here, who are they, how do they interact with others, what do they like or dislike. What makes them tic and what are their attributes and also quirks way before the MC’s meet each other. These will give me reasons and evidence to believe that these two characters are meant for each other and that their feelings go way beyond the surface. Outside dangers can progress the relationship. The anticipation needs to build. The instant romance is not believable.
2. Like bees to honey
The MC’s should be different but equals. I mean that they should balance each other and not bring the other down. One should not have complete rule or power over the other nor dominate the other. So they should complement each other. The MC’s should eventually work well together and add enrichment to each other’s lives both physically and emotionally. They need to bring an equal amount of interest to the relationship. They need a reason to be attracted to the other. A struggle or disagreement is healthy in an encounter because no one wants a yes man/girl in their lives. A little friction makes good chemistry.
3. Meeting Point
The MC’s need a reason to be in the same story together and eventually in the space in order for them to meet. Usually, they have a common goal like saving the world or justice. If they have an opposing goal, then this works too because they can encounter each other and this will be a good building to their relationship and drama. My book Guilty Photographs has this element of working on opposing sides to eventually working together for a common goal. This gives the MC’s a chance to support, strengthen, and bond. They need to both be participating together one character should not be the only one doing all the work while the other just sits there watch and go along.
It’s very difficult to work with people who you don’t like or who you don’t get a long with. Usually one person would always be slacking and the other ends up doing all the work. I know I said that romance needs to build up and that sometimes if they bicker at the beginning it makes for a good romance but that is completely different from the MC’s hating each other from day one works terribly together can’t stand each other but they have sex. This leaves readers with the what just happened syndrome. The MC’s never showed evidence of caring for the other but yet they are in bed together?
It’s okay to get them to bicker at the beginning but then show how they gradually start to care and like each other.
All of the above suggestions I have implemented in my book. I learned a lot from writing my first book to writing this thriller book which in my opinion is an amazing book.
Those are my tips for creating chemistry. If you want to add to the list and give me some recommendations let me know in the comments.