As you can see, I’ve labeled this as part 2 ½ because I know that many of you aren’t writing romance. That’s fine. Tune back in for part three, but for those of you who want to put that spark into your writing, this is the place to be. (If you missed it, part one, the plot is here and part two, your MC is here.)
Alright, so your MC is going to fall in love with this love interest, who’ll be called Squishy from this point on. If you’re writing a romance, you likely considered Squishy when writing your plot from part one. However, you might not have. I didn’t:
My story is about a fun-loving girl who needs to keep her secret hidden in order to continue impersonating the princess until the real one is found.
Because there are other elements in my story, there’s no hint of romance in it. So we need another fill in the blank.
When MC meets (Squishy) he/she thinks (blank). Then, (blank) happens and they (blank).
That’s very broad, but here’s how I would apply it to my story:
When Wild meets Daviat, she thinks he’s boring and rude. Then, he’s assigned to guard her at all times, and they are forced to put up with each other.
Clearly, just from that sentence you can see a plot emerging. Wild is fun-loving, but Daviat is a stick in the mud. He guards her to keep her in line while she’s impersonating the princess, and you can think of all the situations where they could connect since they’re together 24/7.
Here’s another fill in the blank to be applied to the second act of your novel (or at least it shouldn’t happen in the beginning if you’re writing a romance):
(Squishy) proves his/her love when he/she (blanks) for (MC).
My example: Daviat proves his love when he runs away from the castle with Wild to protect her.
Once you’ve completed that, here are some general romance tips:
- If your main genre is romance, you need subplots. You can’t have an entire novel of MC and Squishy falling in love.
- Avoid love triangles, please.
- No matter what genre you’re writing, your characters CANNOT fall in love instantly unless they acknowledge that it is way too sudden but they can’t stop it OR you’re using as a plot device in YA like, “Oh silly teenager you think you’re in love.” By taking out the slow progression of romance, you’re killing the genre.
Anyways, I hope this helped! Part three will be sub-plots!