Top 10 Tips for Worldbuilding

by Vicki Essex If you read our post on Tuesday, you know that this week on the blog, we’re joined by Superromance author Vicki Essex, who also writes fantasy Westerns as V.S. McGrath. Here are Vicki’s top ten tips for successful worldbuilding! Start by describing the general premise of this world in one sentence. Describe…

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Worldbuilding 101

by Vicki Essex One of the most fun and challenging things about writing fiction is worldbuilding. Worldbuilding is the process of creating a fictional world or universe. Whether you’re writing a fantasy world  filled with magic and feudal lords, a paranormal romance with a secret society of werewolves and vampires, or a sweet romance set…

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Writing Challenge: If You Can’t Stand the Heat…

It feels like only yesterday that we asked you all to conjure up a hero(ine) and their untold wealth. We were so taken aback by your responses that we couldn’t wait to serve up another writing challenge, and we’re eager to see just what you’re going to come up with! Everyone loves a romantic candlelit…

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10 Romance Clichés: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?

by Patience Bloom, adapted from her blog Every genre has its clichés and I sort of love them because they can be like chicken soup or The Brady Bunch, i.e. comforting old friends. At the same time, when you’re a voracious reader, these clichés get tired and seem like a quick exit. Here are some offenses…

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#WritingFail: Because Nobody Said Writing a Book Was Easy

USA TODAY bestselling Harlequin DARE author Cara Lockwood is joining us today to discuss the difficulty of writing when doubts—and photos of adorable animals—get in the way. Cara’s newest Harlequin DARE book, Double Dare You, is available now! I know I should be writing that next chapter. My manuscript is open on my computer, cursor…

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7 Spooky Romances to Watch This Halloween

Here’s a timely post by Katie Gowrie, brought to you from our Archives! Halloween is just around the corner, and along the thrills and chills we can all expect from fright night, it’s a great time of year to cozy up with a romance—of the horrific kind, that is. Here’s a roundup of some of…

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Writing Challenge: Show Me the Money!

By some counts there are roughly two thousand billionaires in the world, and a surprising number end up as the heroes in our books! Long before Nick Young of Crazy Rich Asians fame we’ve been swept off our feet by dashing men with daunting net worths. What can we say? It’s easy to get caught…

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Advice from the Archives: What Are the Best Ingredients for a Fresh Story?

Today’s post is a 2016 gem from our Archives! Special Edition Editor Susan Litman walks us through the key elements for keeping a story fresh. Everyone knows the basic must-haves for a good story. Character. Conflict. Dialogue. Pacing. Plot. An emotional romance. Put together the right way, these elements can engage the reader and give…

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What We’re Reading

Autumn is in full swing for the SYTYCW team, and we’re agreed that this is a wonderful time of year to curl up with warm blanket and a good book. Nothing like a crisp October breeze and the smell of pumpkin spice and dried leaves to put you in a relaxed state. We thought we’d…

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