Hey there! I'm very new when it comes to writing and been wanting to get help for ages. I'm writing a romance in which my characters Vanessa and Michael would meet in a cafe. (very cliche, but I don't care) It would be set in a fictional harbor city in Australia based on my home city; the year would be 1985. I like the concept of them being acquaintances to friends then lovers. Vanessa: a single working mother - birthday is 21st July 1964 - lives in a working-class suburb with her son and older sister - raised in foster care and group homes around western Sydney - doesn't know her parents - was in an abusive relationship with her son's father and left him before knowing she was pregnant - she moved with her sister to get away from her ex as he had been stalking her - gave birth to her son at the age of 19 - her son's father is not in the picture (he doesn't know about the child) - works at the cafe - the owner of the cafe has become her mother figure and became close friends with her co-worker - is only open to a select few of people in her life, shy, sweet, protective, not interested in relationships Michael: a university student studying Bachelor of Education (secondary) - birthday is 4th January 1964 - lives in a unit with two of his friends near the university - part of the Drama society - tutors a high school student on Friday afternoons - eldest of 10 children - his sister was 5 months, and he was 2 years old when their birth mother passed away - father remarried - is close to both his father and stepmother - has a few close friends - has a younger brother that is around Vanessa's son's age -not really interested in relationships - friendly with everyone - a bit of a perfectionist - likes to help out when he can, protective as well - serious I have been using the 'donjon; fantasy calendar generator' to help with the timeline and actual dates from 1985. I have put in birthdays, events, holidays, etc., in the timeline as well. It just I don't know how to get them together. Vanessa's schedule would be alright; She works either morning or afternoon shifts during the week and has the weekend off. It's Michael's schedule, which is making it hard because he attends uni all week, his drama society club is on Tuesday, Wednesday & Fridays at 4.00 pm, tutors a high student on Friday afternoons, Saturday is usually his free day off, and on Sunday morning he attends church with his mother's side of the family and has Sunday dinner to spend time with his father's side of the family. And I'm not sure what would be too slow/fast in the stages of their relationship. My original concept was that Michael and his friends study at the cafe because one of his friends/roommates Mark, had a cousin who started working there, and Mark really wanted to see his cousin at work. The boys decided to have lunch there a week before the first semester began, and they thought that Mark would be working when they came in, but he had worked that morning and was served by Vanessa instead. They would come back the next day for lunch to see Mark's cousin, and the next week they would study before class every morning. I'm happy to discuss anything and tweak some things. I would appreciate the help.