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How to Write Married Couples- “I Married a Monster on a Hill”

| by Emily Maine

Want to know how to write married couples?

Keep Writing Engaging After-the-Chase

Want to write married couples? You think writing the chase is tough? Try keeping readers hooked after your characters ride off into the sunset. “I Married a Monster on a Hill” nails this, showing the grit and grind of real relationships. Here’s how you can keep your readers glued to the page long after the “I love you’s.”

Note from the creators of “I Married a Monster on a Hill”

Check back every week for free writing lessons from the “Willowgrove Writing Tips” Series, from the “I Married a Monster on a Hill” team. Why are we doing this? To provide free resources for other game developers, writers, comic creators and independent projects. Knowledge should always be free along with kindness and support, and as an indie multi-media platform we are committed to helping others in the industry (even with our own projects).

How to Write and Embrace the Real-Life Grind as Married Couples

First off, drop the fairy tale crap. Real relationships are messy, complicated, and full of everyday struggles. “I Married a Monster on a Hill” digs into the mundane—budgeting for random stuff like yo-yos or arguing about the toothpaste cap. Show the real-life grind. Your /readers will thank you for keeping it real.

A screenshot from the visual novel introduction featuring Bevvy from "I Married a Monster on a Hill". This depicts Bevvy's stress which is a good expression for the How to Write Married Couples lesson.

Develop Deep, Dynamic Characters

Your characters can’t be one-trick ponies. They need depth and growth. The folks in Willowgrove Hills have been kicking around for over 20 years, thanks to creators Katya and Tatiana Stec. Their characters are like fine wine—aged to perfection. Invest time in developing your characters’ backstories, motivations, and quirks. Let them evolve and surprise you.

Keep the Conflict Coming

No one wants to read about perfect harmony. Conflict keeps things spicy. In “I Married a Monster on a Hill,” the characters face real issues—trust, jealousy, financial stress. Throw challenges at your characters that test their relationship. Conflict isn’t just about fights; it’s about growth and deeper connection.

A comic strip with Wagner and Damien from "Jack Talk". An example for conflict in the How to Write Married Couples lesson.
A screenshot from “Jack Talk” featuring Damien, Wagner and some busy scissors.

Highlight Small Victories

Life isn’t all doom and gloom. Celebrate the small victories—those moments that make the struggles worth it. Whether it’s a quiet evening together or a shared laugh, these moments add heart to your story. “I Married a Monster on a Hill” balances the rough patches with sweet, genuine moments that keep readers rooting for the characters.

A screenshot from the visual novel introduction for Conrad and Nate. A cute image depicting their fun relationship for the How to Write Married Couples lesson.

Show Personal Growth when Writing Married Couples

Your characters’ relationship isn’t the only thing that should grow. Individual growth is crucial. Let your characters pursue personal goals, face their own demons, and become better versions of themselves. This adds layers to your story and keeps readers invested in their journeys.

Use Humor to Lighten the Load

Humor is your best friend. It breaks the tension and makes your characters relatable. “I Married a Monster on a Hill” uses humor masterfully, balancing serious moments with laugh-out-loud scenes. Don’t be afraid to let your characters be goofy, sarcastic, or downright silly. It makes them human.

A comic strip from "I Married a Monster on a Hill" featuring Christopher and Alexander. This is an example of some "spicier" sides of marriage for the How to Write Married Couples lesson.
A screenshot of Christopher and Alexander from “I Married a Monster on a Hill.

Keep It Unpredictable

Predictability is a story killer. Keep your readers on their toes with unexpected twists and turns. Relationships are unpredictable—reflect that in your writing. Throw in surprises that challenge your characters and keep the narrative fresh.

Need a Check-list for the “How to Write Married Couples” Lesson?

Keeping readers hooked after the “happily ever after” is all about embracing the reality of long-term relationships. Show the grind, develop deep characters, keep conflict alive, celebrate small victories, highlight personal growth, use humor, and stay unpredictable. “I Married a Monster on a Hill” hopes these tips helps you a bunch to keep your readers coming back for more. Now get out there and write the next chapter that keeps them hooked.

Writing Checklist

Your Writing Checklist!

  • Incorporate small, everyday conflicts like budgeting, household chores, and dealing with neighbors.
  • Show characters handling these conflicts to create relatability.
  • Use everyday conflicts to showcase character personalities and priorities.
  • Observe how characters react to small annoyances.
  • Focus on day-to-day struggles to add a layer of realism to your story.
  • Highlight the day-to-day grind of relationships and personal interactions.
  • Demonstrate how characters grow from dealing with everyday annoyances.
  • Illustrate character evolution through daily interactions and conflicts.
  • Capture the mix of frustration and humor in life’s everyday conflicts.
  • Let characters find the funny side of their daily struggles.
  • Show how characters handle the mundane together to strengthen their bonds.
  • Use everyday conflicts to highlight the strength and resilience of relationships.
A promotional image of Reginald's (from "I Married a Monster on a Hill") Willowgrove Writing Tips series. The image is covered in scrapbook paper and tape with characters surrounding him in the background.

About the “Willowgrove Writing Tips” Series

Welcome to the “Willowgrove Writing Tips” Series, inspired by “I Married a Monster on a Hill.” This collection of articles offers free writing advice inspired by Katya Stec and Tatiana Stec, who have over ten years of experience in the publishing industry. They’ve interviewed creators, editors, agents, publishers, and industry experts, and have been creating reaction and review content online for over a decade. Bookmark these pages for insights and tips to enhance your storytelling. Dive into Willowgrove Hills and learn how to create relatable, engaging stories.

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