S21E5 – Romantic Subplots: Are They Necessary?

It can seem sometimes that every story has some kind of love interest, even if the story isn’t a romance. After all, it’s a great way to build connections between the characters and the readers. However, some authors argue that romance isn’t necessary unless you intend to write a romance novel.

Leigh and Ley debate the virtues and pitfalls of including a romantic subplot in other kinds of stories, from the connection it builds to only being there for extra drama.

First aired April 15, 2021.

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I'm an editor and cover designer for AspenHouse Publishing. I am also a host for AspenHouse's poscast, Writing Roots.

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