Romance Story Ideas - 52 Love Plots with Built-In Conflict

52 Romance Story Ideas with Built-in Conflict

Here are enough romance story ideas to write a story a week for a year. I hope you find your spark! Romance Worksheets If you need help developing your romance story ideas, I have a bundle of 11 worksheets you can use.  Click here to download. Write a story about… Two time-travelling scholars who compete to

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Show Don't Tell Techniques from Famous Authors - Ernest Hemingway, Jane Austen & Sir Philip Pullman

Show, Don’t Tell with Famous Authors

“Show, don’t tell,” was what I was taught at school. You, too? Showing is usually defined as relating the story through descriptions of the character’s feelings, sensations, perceptions, and thoughts. Telling, on the other hand, is a straight-forward (and usually far more succinct) expression of actions, characteristics, and backstory.   Here’s a simple example of

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Welcome to Alemmia!

Welcome to Alemmia, a Mediterranean island full of roses, and fulfilled desires!   Alemmia is the story of the first summer that Lucy and her family spend on an idyllic  island. It’s a somewhat old-fashioned tale of childhood adventure, and an easy breezy, low-contrast, low-drama beach read to soothe you into more magical manifestations! I

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The Story So Far... - One Page Story

The Story So Far…

Mr. Walker’s job was to rewrite people’s backstories. He had started out forging documents, then moved on to inventing anecdotes for politicians, scripting dates and interviews, that sort of thing. Now every character was clamouring for his services. ‘The whole thing’s a fiction, anyway,’ he said. We were in his office. It was a dark

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Writing Character Flaws Worksheet

Character Flaws & Blank White Cards

Character flaws are an interesting topic; far more involved than I had at first realised! The other day, I was sitting in the Lady Writers League study, drafting a Heroine Frame for myself — a Heroine Frame, in case you don’t know, is our one-page framework for character development — when Sir George appeared at

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The Literary Adventures of Lady Writer & Sir George

The Future of Writing Worksheets?

When I started creating my weekly writing worksheets several years ago, there weren’t a lot of practical resources for writers available online. Nowadays, scrolling through our Coterie’s writing board on Pinterest, I’m OVERWHELMED by the amount of information available. There are so many amazing, insightful, in-depth articles on the art and craft of writing, that…

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How to Write Your Fastest Story Ever

How to Write Your Fastest Story Ever

The knowledge that writing fast doesn’t mean writing bad, was one of the most important lessons I learned from NaNoWriMo. In fact, many famous novels and novellas were written in just a few weeks: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, Matthew Lewis’s The Monk, H. Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines, as well as many other works

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Show Don't Tell Techniques from Famous Authors - Ernest Hemingway, Jane Austen & Sir Philip Pullman

Show, Don’t Tell with Famous Authors

“Show, don’t tell,” was what I was taught at school. You, too? Showing is usually defined as relating the story through descriptions of the character’s feelings, sensations, perceptions, and thoughts. Telling, on the other hand, is a straight-forward (and usually far more succinct) expression of actions, characteristics, and backstory.   Here’s a simple example of

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Welcome to Alemmia!

Welcome to Alemmia, a Mediterranean island full of roses, and fulfilled desires!   Alemmia is the story of the first summer that Lucy and her family spend on an idyllic  island. It’s a somewhat old-fashioned tale of childhood adventure, and an easy breezy, low-contrast, low-drama beach read to soothe you into more magical manifestations! I

Read More »
The Story So Far... - One Page Story

The Story So Far…

Mr. Walker’s job was to rewrite people’s backstories. He had started out forging documents, then moved on to inventing anecdotes for politicians, scripting dates and interviews, that sort of thing. Now every character was clamouring for his services. ‘The whole thing’s a fiction, anyway,’ he said. We were in his office. It was a dark

Read More »
Writing Character Flaws Worksheet

Character Flaws & Blank White Cards

Character flaws are an interesting topic; far more involved than I had at first realised! The other day, I was sitting in the Lady Writers League study, drafting a Heroine Frame for myself — a Heroine Frame, in case you don’t know, is our one-page framework for character development — when Sir George appeared at

Read More »
The Literary Adventures of Lady Writer & Sir George

The Future of Writing Worksheets?

When I started creating my weekly writing worksheets several years ago, there weren’t a lot of practical resources for writers available online. Nowadays, scrolling through our Coterie’s writing board on Pinterest, I’m OVERWHELMED by the amount of information available. There are so many amazing, insightful, in-depth articles on the art and craft of writing, that…

Read More »
Worksheet Bundles
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Join Lucy for her first summer
on the island of Alemmia,
where she learns how to get
everything she wants.

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