Don't Blurt it Out

No matter how strongly you feel about your friend, don't just blurt out your emotions. That can cause all sorts of trouble. Instead, take it slowly, and SHOW how you feel about him or her. The more that you two grow close together and ARE a couple, the more natural it will be when you finally add the words to that feeling. The words should be the crowning glory - they should NEVER be the lightning bolt surprise out of the blue.