How to Come Up with Plot Ideas

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We’ve all been there.

We’ve come up with an idea that we love – maybe it’s a character, maybe it’s an aesthetic board, maybe we even have the basic story premise. But plot? I don’t know her.

This happens to me all the time, and it’s my least favorite part of writing. Thankfully as the sun has started to come back in the Midwest I’ve felt more motivated, and my plotters block is starting to disappear.

That said, I still see other writers talking about this.

So here are a few of my tried-and-true methods to get past these hurdles. Some are easy, some aren’t. But these have all worked for me at least once in the past.

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How to Write Engaging Romances

I want to start this post with a quick comment on romantic tension.

When I look up posts about writing romantic tension, I see a lot of talk about tropes and technical definitions, but not much about where tension actually comes from or how to write it.

It’s fine to use tropes like miscommunication, having an outside force stop them from getting together, and personal conflict as a barrier. But none of these things actually create that tension that engages your audience. These are symptoms, not the source.

No matter what tropes you use, the fundamentals of an engaging relationship stay the same. And that’s what this post is about. This is what goes into creating that tension that can be used in various different tropes and stories, and what will hook your reader from start to finish.

Let’s talk about cardboard, spark, and chemistry.

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How to Format Your Manuscript

Properly formatting your manuscript is crucial.

Whether you’re entering a mentorship event, submitting to an agent, or sending your story to an editor, formatting decides everything. It shows the reader that you have a level of professionalism and are serious about your writing.

Please note that while this is industry standard, always check the submission section of their website. They might have specific guidelines they want you to follow. This post is what most places will require, and is probably what’s best when you send your manuscript to sensitivity or beta reader.


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