Ready! Set! Plot!

Building a Better Romance Novel

Girl meets boy.... Girl wants boy.... Girl can’t have boy... Girl gets boy... That’s the basic plot of a romance novel, right?

If only it were so easy! In a romance novel, the romance is not the same as the plot. Two people who are simply exploring their growing attraction for each other just aren’t very interesting.

What keeps readers reading is the reason why girl can’t have boy. It's how the conflict between the characters grows and worsens and is ultimately solved. That’s the plot – it’s all the other things that are going on while our characters are falling in love.

Join Leigh Michaels, author of more than 100 books (including single-title historical romances, sweet traditional contemporary romances, and non-fiction), and learn to create fully developed, logical, and believable plots which are more than just the romance.

Your Instructor

Leigh Michaels
Leigh Michaels

Leigh Michaeis is the award-winning author of more than 100 books, including historical romance novels, contemporary romance novels, and non-fiction. More than 35 million copies of her books are in print in 25 languages and 120 countries. Six of her books were finalists in the Romance Writers of America RITA contest, and she has received two Reviewers Choice awards from Romantic Times (RT). She is the author of Writing the Romance Novel and has taught romance writing at Gotham Writers Workshop ( and the University of Iowa.

Course Curriculum

  What Conflict Is (and isn't)
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Frequently Asked Questions

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