Write a Romance Novel – There’s a Plot Afoot. #MFRWauthor Blog Challenge

This week’s #MFRWauthor blog challenge is all about letting you in on the plot – well, actually, in on my plot for writing my romance books. I’m a new romance author (working on book #3!), so I’m still nailing down my process.

Some authors are plotters and work out every tiny detail before they begin to craft their novel. Others are “pantsers”, those who fly by the seat of their pants and work out the details of the story as they go along.

I fall somewhere in between the two. When I sit down to write a romance novel, I know where my characters will start and I know what their ending scene will be. The middle is what bogs me down. It’s what makes me work out the entire plot before I put a word down on paper – umm, on a Word doc.

It’s funny, though – even after plotting out all the details like I did in my first book, Baby, Count On Me, my characters tend to do what they want and go off in a direction other than where I thought they’d go. Which kind of makes it a waste to spend the time plotting the whole shebang down to the nth degree. So, as I said before, I’m working on book #3 (working title, Meant for You) and, this time, I’ve plotted out the bare bones of the story and the story points I need to hit, but I’m pantsing the rest. We’ll see how much my writing process evolves after I finish putting Walker and Kayla through their drama!

I can’t wait to see the writing process of the other authors in the blog hop. If you’re interested, too, visit some of these other links to find out. **we seem to be missing the links this week, so I’ll update this post if we get the links…

Thanks for dropping by!



12 thoughts on “Write a Romance Novel – There’s a Plot Afoot. #MFRWauthor Blog Challenge

  1. Meka James says:

    I fall in the pantser category. I don’t go in completely blind, I have a loose idea of what I want, but for the most part my characters take the lead. Sometimes it’s a frustrating process, but I manage. I’m learning as I go and will hopefully nail down a process that works for me.

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    • RobinMichaela says:

      I think my style is similar to yours. It’s been interesting when I’ve thought a particular thing would happen and the characters went off in a completely different direction. Makes you wonder who’s really in control, lol. Good luck getting your process nailed down!


  2. Cathy Brockman says:

    I started out plotting diligently then found I veer so far off that now I do a basic bones ( character sketches, settings some research)plot then pants from that .

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    • RobinMichaela says:

      I think that’s why I’ve resorted to loosely plotting. For my first book, I did character profiles and plotted everything out, then I just couldn’t finish writing the book (maybe someday). It seemed like such a waste of time, especially when my characters take on a life of their own.


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