Hi. I'm currently messing with the idea of writing a novel. I do have a bit of experience on RRL, but in that novel there wasn't a proper rival. Enemies who the mc sought to surpass and defeat, but not friendly rivalry. Would love any interesting ideas. Most novels I've read here don't have rivals as JP, CN, and KR author chose to write main characters who are unrivaled at the same level and grow too fast to have a rival/peers of the same level, so I lack any good reference material. Currently the rival I have most thought out is also a potential love interest. She appears just as the mc is achieving some success and is full of confidence. She is younger than the mc and from one of the most powerful family in the world. Cultivation wise she is one rank higher than the mc and in their first encounter she one hit ko'ed him. It was totally one sided, but she later says she had to take him out immediately if she didn't want to get into a death match. From her perspective mc was a threat, but from his he thinks he's weak in comparison to her. And in this arc they meet the mc is recovering from having his pride and confidence shattered, and is about building himself up and doing his best. Later on the mc gets to see her use her full power. Not only is she herself powerful, her family and personal connections, have allowed her to own powerful equipment and skills that maximised her potential and fight an opponent two ranks above herself. So he watches her win a fight that flattened the entire area in their wake, almost losing confidence again but has grown enough to not despair. This fight for the mc was to see the cold hard truth of how powerful the most talented and fortunate warriors in the world are, and what is required to aspire to reach the top as a normal person. Mc is talented in some ways, but not BS talented like this girl who is like top 5 talented wise in a world with a population of over 10 Trillion. The arc ends off with the mc promising to defeat her in so and so years. Oh and the funny romance part of this is that mc thinks that their fated fight is a death match to prove himself as strong, but she thinks its him wanting her respect and approval as a man worthy for her and to not embarrass him will also do her best even if it means killing him. She has ideas of romance, but when it comes to fights she is simple, selfish, and more so ruthless.