A Romance Novel Outline Template

In a previous blog post, I discussed the six essential plot points (and one optional plot point) readers expect to see in a romance novel. However, a novel that only has one scene for each of these probably isn’t complete (or is a novella or short story). Thinking of a whole novel in terms of a few plot points is oversimplified.

Therefore, I decided to create a romance novel outline template with room for connecting scenes, character reactions and decisions, and more. The template will ensure your story has sound internal logic (in other words, your character motivations make sense) as well as forward momentum.

You can download the template below.

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  1. This is my first attempt at writing a romance novel of any kind. Now I’ve figured some initial things for the story but I’m struggling with the conflict, well at least the external conflict. As for the internal conflict. Noah is afraid of fully opening up because the last time he did the woman left. Where Elizabeth has been in relationships that were purely sexual in nature and has this unhealthy notion that sex is love. These two characters dated in highschool but had a mutual breakup. So would it be logical for each other to be the external conflict?

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