Looking For Love. This is one of the most common themes for novels in all areas of women's fiction. Some characters are seeking romance, while others are avoiding it, and fall into love accidentally. When thinking about storylines, I always consider whether my characters are going to be looking for love or not.
In many romance novels, the heroine is looking for love while the hero is trying to avoid commitment. There are other novels that take this relationship in the other direction, with the hero actively trying to get the reluctant heroine to marry him.
The character who is seeking love is certainly common, and I think we all feel that way at some point in our lives. But I generally find the one who falls in love despite their best intentions more interesting. And if both characters are avoiding a relationship, this can be even better. There is a greater degree of tension, and resolving that tension is critical to making the story work.
What do you think? Do you prefer your characters to be seeking love, or running away from it?