New here and stuck...
I am new to this site and excited to get started reading what you all have written and what you think about my writing.
I am having a bit of an issue with my plot right now and thought maybe some of you could help me out.
My original plan was to write a New Adult book about Addie and Matt. Addie is a journalist whose parents died two years ago and she now lives in their family home working as a journalist. Matt is a successful actor who hit it big a few years back. Addie met Matt 2 years ago while interviewing him on the premiere of his new movie. They started dating (him being famous isn't the center of the story, so it isn't the typical cliche about the famous hot guy and the clumsy outcast girl who manages to capture his attention) and he eventually proposes to her.
This is where I am stuck. My whole idea for conflict was going to be when they married and moved in together and Matt ended up having to go to another country to film a movie. And during his absense Addie would spend a lot of time with his brother and they would unintentionally fall in love. Matt would come back, she would confess and leave him for his brother. His brother would get cold feet and tell her he didn't want a relationship and he didn't mean for any of it to happen. Addie is alone again. Matt shows back up and tells her he still loves her, and I would work out the details until it ended with them deciding to try to work it out.
My problem is this, with what I have written so far, the pace of the story is such that if I were to continue it would be a million pages before I even got to them moving in. Im probably 15 pages in and only about 12 hours have gone by. They can't just get married in a page and he moves away to europe or wherever on the next page to begin the conflict.
So, my solution was to think of it as being 2 books, and the sequel's conflict would be the falling in love with the brother thing. However, that left me without a conflict for the first book, and whenever I would think of a conflict it always had something to do with unfaithfulness or Addie/Matt finding out a huge secret about one of them, but I have purposefully written my characters to be lovable, good people. I want Matt to be this gorgeous, kind, loving guy, and I want Addie to be strong and confident and a great match for him. I want their love to make the reader WANT what they have, making the falling in love with the brother thing a real tear jerker when Matt finds out. So I don't want to ruin it with making one of them a liar or a cheater (one night stand type of cheater). I feel that would make me have to totally change one or both of their personalities to fit that type of behavior and those aren't the characters I want to write about.
I apologize for rambling but any help or feedback would be appreciated.