Asuka Kawaguchi has published her first manga at the age of 13 but for the six years since then, she couldn't produce anything new despite desperately trying to. Her problem is lack of topics she is interested in enough to write about. Noticing that BoysLoveGenre and YuriGenre works are selling well, she decides to take a shot at the genre, but first, she needs to "gather experience" and starts dating her [[SempaiKohai kohai]] Morishita, who has previously professed [[SchoolgirlLesbians her love for her]]. Very soon, she discovers that Morishita is actually "Sachi", her favorite manga artist writing under a pen name. As the story progresses, the two experience [[SliceOfLife highs and lows in life]] but by supporting each other, they make it through anything and the [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship bond between them]] grows ever stronger.

''MangaNoTsukurikata'' (''How to Make a Manga'') is an on-going {{manga}} [[MostWritersAreWriters about]] {{mangaka}}s [[MostWritersAreWriters by Auri Hirao]]. It is also about GirlsLove, although it's mostly hidden in {{subtext}}: Kawaguchi and Morishita don't kiss or openly announce their relationship, and the former is still reluctant to acknowledge her feelings, but she doesn't deny it either, and there's a plenty of hugging and tender touches. The drawing style is rough (maybe, deliberately so) but slightly more realistic than the usual MoeMoe style, probably to emphasize the {{realism}} of the story. If you are searching for FanService and comedy, you may [[MoveAlongNothingToSeeHere move along]] now, but in case you look for an evenly paced, laid-back yuri romance, ''MangaNoTsukurikata'' is the right choice. Also, take a look if you are a fan of Hiyori from ''LuckyStar''.
The manga contains examples of:

* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Kawaguchi's younger brother tries being one but fails.
* BecomingTheMask: Kawaguchi started dating Morishita as a way to break her writer's block but ended up feeling for her real--even though she is still not quite clear whether it's truly love.
* FanService: Nope, nothing here.
* {{Gayngst}}: Don't look for it here, either. Morishita is happily in love with Kawaguchi, Kawaguchi herself doesn't mind dating her, and her parents have nothing against it either.
* GirlsLove: It is a meta-GL manga: it's about female mangaka, at least one of whom wants to write yuri manga and the other is in love with her.
* HideYourLesbians: Meta-subversion: Although Kawaguchi is advised to keep her relationship with Morishita from public, she does nothing to hide it.
** Actually, Kawaguchi's often hides her feelings from ''Morishita'', of all people, leaving the audience wondering whether she really loves her or not.
* IncompatibleOrientation: Masato has a crush on Morishita, who in turn falls for ''his sister''.
* IntertwinedFingers: Kawaguchi and Morishita do that regularly.
* LoveTriangle: Kawaguchi's brother loves Morishita, Morishita loves Kawaguchi, Kawaguchi is thoroughly confused about her own feelings. But it all gets resolved by chapter three.
* {{Mangaka}}: All principal characters who aren't Kawaguchi's brother draw manga.
* {{Moe}}: Only on the in-universe manga pages that are glimpsed every now and then.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: At one point, Morishita thinks that Kawaguchi will abandon her when "she grows up" and marries. Kawaguchi assures her that since she is already an adult, it won't happen any time soon.
* SchoolgirlLesbians: Morishita is still a student.
* SempaiKohai: Kawaguchi is Morishita's sempai.
* SliceOfLife
* {{Subtext}}: The primary medium that contains yuri in this manga. Fortunately, there's enough of subtext here to send any YuriFan into uncontrollable {{Squee}}.
* {{Tsundere}}: DiscussedTrope, [[ Kawaguchi acts it and gets called on it]]
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Kawaguchi's brother. It must really suck to discover that the girl you love is in love with your own sister.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Kawaguchi maintains an ambivalent attitude toward her relationship with Morishita, even though she admits they are dating for real. So far it looks like [[spoiler:they haven't even kissed yet]].
** Actually, one topic of debate seems to be in Chapter 32 [[spoiler:whether or not Kawaguchi and Morishita did anything in bed. Kawaguchi gets on top of Morishita after they both confess to being lonely without each other. And then the chapter ends.]]