How necessary is the subplot? Home / Forums / List of Forums / Women’s Fiction / Chick Lit / How necessary is the subplot? Viewing 3 posts - 1 through 3 (of 3 total) Author Posts May 8, 2012 at 5:52 am #3336 leightaParticipant I’m rewriting my story again and it occured to me that most chick lit novels I’ve read usually have a subplot pertaining to the protagonist’s career or her friends etc. My subplots (career and friend) in my story aren’t particularly big and they all pertain in a way to her main plot which is the romance part of the story. How necessary is it? I feel I should put something in but don’t want it to be forced or feel like an ‘add on’. May 9, 2012 at 5:43 am #5734 mary2Participant IMHO anything that sounds forced should be kept out. If a story is gripping enough on its own, I don’t even notice subplots. Actually they can be quite distracting. May 9, 2012 at 9:19 am #5735 leightaParticipant OK great, thank you. I’ll keep going with it as it is and maybe something will naturally occur during a rewrite, if not – that should be fine too 🙂 Author Posts Viewing 3 posts - 1 through 3 (of 3 total) You must be logged in to reply to this topic.