Here's the question – is it better to have a secondary plot or sub-plots? Here's another question, which as a reader, and then as a writer do you prefer?
I think you have to have both.
Subplot = A subordinate plot in fiction or drama. In our terms (A relating plot) Basically a hidden plot that some readers miss and writers don't know they have written, which helps bring the romance to the surface. Also known as twist and turns through out the romance.
A secondary plot is second story happening in the process of the romance. Such as a Mystery Romance, solving the murders.
As a reader I prefer and expect both. As a writer I love the secondary plot and fear the subplot. Not only do you have to worry about coming up with ways for the romance to move foreword and the secondary plot to come to an end but you have to add this hidden tale of the romance. Man what a pain in the ole writers wrist.
What makes a good secondary plot? And what makes a good sub-plot?
Can you give an example? And tell us how you would use those tools to your benefit?
A good Secondary plot has to be strong enough to hold up to the tension of the romance plot, without taking away from it. Basically in my book La Roe's Finding the murderer and bringing him to justice is the secondary plot.
The subplot was Max teaching Emerald how to love and trust again. This had to happen for Emerald and the real hero Stephan to end up together.
By weaving a good subplot and secondary plot you end up with a gripping romance even if it's a comedy since all parts play off the main plot, ROMANCE.