Romance/Writing Tips

Outline of a 3-Act Romance Novel

A guide to each chapter’s content

Grey Hen With A Pen
3 min readOct 9, 2023

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I am currently forty thousand plus words into a hybrid creative non fiction project, and fifty-five thousand words and twenty-five chapters into a romance novel. I’m not usually a plotter, preferring to write by the seat of my pants (pantser). I never plan my non-fiction pieces, they’re based on real events so have their own time-line programmed in before I start — although I don’t always write the story in a linear fashion. It also involves a fair bit of research so writing it is a slow process, I might go a couple of months without adding in a single sentence.

For my romance novel, however, I gave myself a target to write the first draft over the course of four months. I would try to write each evening on four days a week. I calculated this would require me to write approximately 2,000 words a day. Obviously, some days I would writing more than on other days — my aim is to write a novel of around 90,000 words.

I decided the best way to achieve this was to have a basic skeleton to work on, to add the muscle and flesh to the bones. To this end I choose the classic 3-act model and it is working well for me.

Here’s the outline for a modern romance novel of approximately 80,000–100,000 words that I am…

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Grey Hen With A Pen

Patricia Minson writes poems, short stories, and articles on a variety of subjects from Art & Writing to Spirituality & True Crime.