ugh, the private notes are messing up for me, Medium is having one of its moods I suppose.
While I am not disagreeing with the point you were making, a relationship created for the purpose of breaking up is still important to the story. And had you caught me something like 2 months ago, I would have agreed with you without argument. But I am now convinced that knowing it’s important isn’t the same as being invested.
In the relationship I was writing in my novel length story, I didn’t set out to have the characters break up. But in my revisions, the way the characters have grown, a break up is the only thing that really makes sense. The first draft didn’t have that, but it feels wrong when I read it over. I was/am invested in making it work — it just doesn’t. Turns out that’s a whole different beast to write.