Hi all! Lindi here.
As writers we want to make our books unique. As unique as we can. We all know there are just so many plots. We often use romance tropes and they’ve all been done before, so we use our experiences and individuality to make them our own.
In a novel I’m working on, (which I must say I’m working on 3 right now!) I have a situation where I need my two people stuck together for a while. The story is set in the winter and my first thought was to start foreshadowing bad weather.
And you guessed it.
They were going to be stuck in because of a snow/ice storm.
I hadn’t even typed the first letter before I stopped. First off, I wrote a story in the last couple of years where that happened. Second, I’m not sure how many other stories have had that happen, but I’m sure it’s a few.
So, I started thinking. I call this my Donald Maas method of thinking my way through plot points because he talks about this in his Writing the Breakout Novel book. I started listing the ways and means my characters could be stuck together. When you reach the tenth one, Donald says to explore that option-it probably hasn’t been done as much as the first one you listed.
Good stuff, right?
So I did. I now have a way to accomplish what I wanted with my characters. And hopefully it’s done in a different way.
But I’m curious as to what you think.
I’m going to list my ten options in the order I wrote them. I’d like to hear which one you would like to read about. I’ll add that while they are stuck, there are other people there as well. They aren’t going to be alone overnight.
Thank you for voting for your favorite scenario. I’ll gift one copy of Sweet Love of Mine, where we are first introduced to Scarlett and Mason, the couple you were voting for. I’ll choose from the people who vote and the people who comment. In the comment section leave any other suggestions you might have. :)
I do love the writing process. The ability to take two people who are at odds and write their love story. Love is beautiful and I’m thrilled to be a part of creating it.