I'm only 17,500 words into my romance book, which is way behind schedule. Still, that's almost a third of the way in and I'm having some plot trouble. Specifically, I'm running low on plot.
I do this too often. The main reason, I think, is that I'm an impatient writer with a linear view of the world. I have a plot, and I go straight through it to the end without very many subplots or diversions. That's bad. Fortunately, I'm also easily bored, so while my plots may be straightforward, I tend to include lots of action. The last thing I want as a writer or a reader is big chunks of book where nothing happens except a lot of thinking or conversations.
Well, guess what the typical romance novel consists mostly of? Yeah, thinking and conversations. That's fun to an extent, since I can ratchet up the sexual tension and, of course, the romance. I like my two main characters, Avis and Nick. They're meant for each other but they have lots of obstacles in the way of their happiness, primarily the fact that SOMEONE is poisoning Nick! And he doesn't even realize it! He just thinks he's turning into a vampire!
The problem is, I can't just keep having him poisoned every night. Eventually he will die, which will mess up the happy ending. I'm going to have to make Avis realize he's being poisoned earlier than I intended, which means I still have 30,000 words in which to get Avis to figure out who the poisoner is--and she's not all that stupid, so it's not going to take her 30,000 words. I'm going to have to introduce another character, I suspect, someone really horrible who will provide a subplot. Would it be too cliched to make the character a mean woman who tries to take Nick from Avis?
When I'm done with this, I'm going to write something about aliens fighting zombies. With laser eyes!