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50 Romance Plot Ideas! | Bryn Donovan. This post was originally titled, “Master List of Romantic Conflicts,” but it really contains big ideas for entire plots. Of course, to write an engrossing love story–whether it’s a straight-up romance, or a subplot in a different kind of book or movie–it has to have strong conflict. Like Shakespeare said, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” Obstacles give your characters the chance to change and grow as people, and to prove how much they really do love each other. It also gives them interesting things to do. Obviously the possibilities here are endless.

Even if you don’t use something from here, it may make you think of something else. THEY HAVE CHARACTER FLAWS… Honestly, every real-life romance deals with this, and it should probably come up in any story about a relationship. She’s already ruled him out… she made up her mind a long time ago that she would only marry a man with a title, or she would never date a biker again. He broke her heart in the past. She’s a mess... Beat Sheet: Pride and Prejudice | The Flick Chicks. Chick 1 says: I thought for our second beat sheet we’d look at a story as far from Hot Fuzz as possible. So I chose Pride and Prejudice, the 2005 version starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen and directed by Joe Wright. How will a movie that’s based on a 200-year-old novel line up against our list of beats?

I admit it was more difficult to pick out the beats in this than Hot Fuzz and sometimes I’m not completely sure they were there at all. Opening Image – A visual that represents the struggle & tone of the story. . - Elizabeth Bennett wandering through the grounds reading, content with herself and her life. Set-up – Expand on the “before” snapshot. . - We meet Elizabeth’s family; her older, beautiful and sensible sister, her equally sensible but henpecked father and her very silly mother and three younger sisters. Theme Stated (happens during the Set-up) – What your story is about; the message, the truth. The theme is stated clearly by Jane to Lizzie at the common ball. How to Rock Your Story's Tension | She's Novel. Photo cred: © Sergei Zolkin via Unsplash Today we’re talkin’ tension.

No matter your story’s plot or genre, you need to know how to nail tension in your fiction. Why? For starters, tension occurs every time a hero and a villain come in contact. And trust me, that needs to happen in your story. Without a hero, your readers have no one to route for, meaning that they won’t feel a connection to your story. But the conflict between your hero and the villain isn’t the only type of tension your story can have. Whatever the case, tension is vital to your story’s success. There are plenty of different ways to spice up your story with tension, and lucky for you I have written tips for each type. Let’s start with the basics. 1. 2. Micro-tensions are the smaller strains that occur throughout the narrative. 3. 4. 5. Like I said earlier, tension between your hero and your villain isn’t the only type of tension. 1. 2. 3. Sometimes, your hero will get into struggles with those they love. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1.

6 Ways to Create Riveting Conflict in Your Story. Who says conflict is a bad thing? Who says world peace is the most important goal of humanity? Who says arguing with your little brother when you’re a kid means you’ll grow up to be an ill-mannered ruffian? Not a writer, that’s for sure! Arguably, the single most important tenet of fiction can be summed up in the saw “no conflict, no story.” You can break every rule in the book (pun intended) and still have a whopper of a tale—so long as you remember to throw a dash of conflict in your story. Or, actually, a heaping tablespoon or two would be preferable. The simple fact is: fiction has its very basis in conflict.

So how does one go about manufacturing this most precious of story ingredients? 1. This is the easiest (and, often, the best) way to throw a little conflict in your story. 2. Many stories base their entire premise on this idea (think of the Pevensie siblings tumbling through the wardrobe into Narnia in C.S. 3. 4. 5. 6. Stories are about balance. Write a Plot Outline: Infographic | Now Novel. Learning how to write a plot outline is an essential skill if you want to become a prolific author. Whether you find the distant target of reaching a substantial word length or the creation of a satisfying, forward-moving plot daunting, if you write a plot outline for your novel in advance you will have a blueprint that you can alter if necessary as you go.

Our previous post on the subject suggested 7 ways you can outline your novel. We’ve since converted this information into the handy infographic below. Save it, pin it, or share it with writers you know who could benefit from having a clear structure in place before they begin writing their first drafts. Click image to view full size Once you have your outline written, the matter of writing your first draft remains.

The Hero’s Journey 10 Rules for Writing First Drafts Over at Copyblogger, Demian Farnworth put together this poster that gives the 10 cardinal rules for getting the first rough draft of your manuscript finished. How To Write A Novel Using The Snowflake Method. Novel Revision Stage I: Plot | Don't be "a writer." The Subplot - Not Second Place, but Side by Side. There is one element in plotting our story that we sometimes forget or neglect—the subplot.

The subplot is what rounds out a novel or screenplay, informing it with another shade of emotional colour to deliver a satisfying and entertaining experience. It is the parallel narrative that allows the writer to explore theme, deepen characterisation, add tension or allow some relief. The subplot helps us understand the characters a bit better and gives a better sense of pace. Love and other pursuits. A great subplot should help you sustain your plot and illuminate the central characters. Start writing your book with our Writers Write - how to write a book - course. by Anthony Ehlers Anthony has facilitated courses for Writers Write since 2007. Jordan McCollum: Six Steps to Stronger Character Arcs in Romances | Romance University.

I’m excited to welcome back JORDAN MCCOLLUM. Today Jordan tackles the tricky topic of character arcs – with a checklist to help make them stronger. You can have the greatest plot in the world—but if your characters are flat your book will be, too. For a character to truly resonate with readers, s/he should change and grow over the course of the story. For more powerful characters, focus not just on the external plot, but the characters’ internal journey as well.

Relationship stories—romances, family dramas, “bromances,” buddy flicks, even sports movies—are all about building a relationship based on love (platonic, familial, romantic). There are lots and lots of ways to do this well, but this outline helps to not only make sure the internal journeys match up, but that they’re integral to the plot (no matter what the external plot is). The essential principles start with ideas on character growth from screen writer Michael Hauge. The hero calls her on her mask (in a big argument!) Bio: How to Structure A Story: The Eight-Point Arc. By Ali Hale - 3 minute read One of my favourite “how to write” books is Nigel Watts’ Writing A Novel and Getting Published. My battered, torn and heavily-pencil-marked copy is a testament to how useful I’ve found it over the years. Although the cover appears to be on the verge of falling off altogether, I’ve risked opening the book once more to bring you Watts’ very useful “Eight-Point Story Arc” – a fool-proof, fail-safe and time-honoured way to structure a story.

(Even if you’re a short story writer or flash fiction writer rather than a novelist, this structure still applies, so don’t be put off by the title of Watts’ book.) The eight points which Watts lists are, in order: StasisTriggerThe questSurpriseCritical choiceClimaxReversalResolution He explains that every classic plot passes through these stages and that he doesn’t tend to use them to plan a story, but instead uses the points during the writing process: So, what do the eight points mean?

Stasis Trigger The quest Surprise Climax Reversal. How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method. Monomyth. Joseph Campbell's monomyth, or the hero's journey, is a basic pattern that its proponents argue is found in many narratives from around the world.

This widely distributed pattern was described by Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949).[1] Campbell, an enthusiast of novelist James Joyce, borrowed the term monomyth from Joyce's Finnegans Wake.[2] Campbell held that numerous myths from disparate times and regions share fundamental structures and stages, which he summarized in The Hero with a Thousand Faces: A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.[3] A chart outlining the Hero's Journey. Summary[edit] In a monomyth, the hero begins in the ordinary world, and receives a call to enter an unknown world of strange powers and events. The 17 Stages of the Monomyth[edit] The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations.

The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations is a descriptive list which was created by Georges Polti to categorize every dramatic situation that might occur in a story or performance. To do this Polti analyzed classical Greek texts, plus classical and contemporaneous French works. He also analyzed a handful of non-French authors. In his introduction, Polti claims to be continuing the work of Carlo Gozzi, who also identified 36 situations. Publication history[edit] “Gozzi maintained that there can be but thirty-six tragic situations. This list was published in a book of the same name, which contains extended explanations and examples.

The list is popularized as an aid for writers, but it is also used by dramatists, storytellers and many others. The 36 situations[edit] Each situation is stated, then followed by the necessary elements for each situation and a brief description. See also[edit] References[edit] External links[edit] Samurai cinema. While earlier samurai period pieces were more dramatic rather than action-based, samurai movies post World War II have become more action-based, with darker and more violent characters. Post-war samurai epics tended to portray psychologically or physically scarred warriors.[2] Akira Kurosawa stylized and exaggerated death and violence in samurai epics. His samurai, and many others portrayed in film, were solitary figures, more often concerned with concealing their martial abilities, rather than bragging of them.[2] Historically, the genre is usually set during the Tokugawa era (1600–1868), the samurai film focuses on the end of an entire way of life for the samurai, many of the films deal with masterless ronin, or samurai dealing with changes to their status resulting from a changing society.

Samurai film directors[edit] Kihachi Okamoto films focus on violence in a particular fashion. In particular in his films Samurai Assassin, Kill! And Sword of Doom. Zatoichi[edit] Crimson Bat[edit] Damn it Neil, the name is Nuwanda. | 10 Ways to Create a Plot Twist. 3 Types of Character Arcs: Choose the Best for Your Novel. How Does Your Character Change? You know your character must change somehow over the course of your novel.

But how? And more than that, how do you sync the changes with the external plot? The middle of a novel can suffer from the dreaded “sagging middle” and it’s mainly because you don’t have a firm handle on the character’s inner arc and how it meshes with external events. I’ve found three approaches to the inner arc, each trying to laying out how the character changes. While these overlap a lot, there are differences in how the emotional changes are approached. Hero’s Journey: Quest for Inner Change In the Hero’s Journey, laid out so well in Christopher Vogler’s book, The Writer’s Journey, a character receives a Call to Adventure that takes him/her out of the normal and ordinary world into a world where they must quest for something.

Melanie as an Example In the Hero’s Journey, Melanie might get a Call to Adventure: a challenge to create the world’s largest hot fudge sundae. Key moments: