Advice from the Archives: Bringing Scenes to Life

Today’s archived post is from Harlequin Refresh, a blog series we ran last January featuring our best advice on freshening up your writing! By Patience Bloom Once you’ve reached the end of your first (or twelfth) draft, you might think you’re ready to submit your fabulous romance novel. But are you? And how do you…

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What’s Your Writing Soundtrack (And Should You Even Have One)?

by Evan Yeong The first time I can remember thinking about music and its relationship with writing was when I finished Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson (the sequel to her award-winning Speak). In the acknowledgements she included bands like Incubus, Staind, and Linkin Park, as well as composers like Beethoven and singer-songwriters like Tori Amos. As a…

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Advice from the Archives: Keep It Fresh!

by Johanna Raisanen, Editor (from a 2014 post on this blog) So you’ve written a secret-baby story and you’re debating submitting to us. Well, you should! But perhaps you’ve been told that secret-baby stories are so cliché! I recently read an article about “the worst romance-novel clichés,” where the author lists a lot of tropes…

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Ask the Editors: Are You Heartwarming or DARE?

by Evan Yeong Personality quizzes are nothing new. From the glossy pages of Seventeen to the innumerable questions created daily for BuzzFeed, there’s nothing quite like speedily ticking off your choices and finding that you really are Chandler from Friends, just like you always thought! Then comes the additional pleasure from foisting that same quiz on…

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Writing Challenge: 3… 2… 1…

by Evan Yeong I somehow waited a full ten days, an entire week and a half, into 2020 before releasing the first writing challenge of the year. After all, this is the decade where we’re all (yes, I’m including myself) taking steps to be the best writers we can be! And what better way to…

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Suggestions from the Slush Pile: 3 Mistakes to Avoid!

by Evan Yeong The title of this post may hit a bit too close to home for those of us experiencing the middle of yet another frigid winter, but hopefully our tips help you take your mind off the weather! The “slush pile” has nothing to do with snow and ice and everything to do…

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What’s Your Reading/Writing Resolution?

by Evan Yeong Another year, another chance to change our lives for the better! The more pessimistic among us might point out that 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail, but why let that stop you from attempting to improve yourself? For readers and would-be writers of romance, 2020 is an opportunity to work on the…

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Happy Holidays from SYTYCW

Another year is coming to an end — and with it the end of a decade! So You Think You Can Write has been proud to bring you writing tips and inspiration, author interviews and exciting call stories, and of course fun writing challenges! If you missed this October roundup of some of our best…

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Harlequin Editors’ Top 10 Romance Heroes of 2019

For 70 years, the Harlequin Editors have been on the lookout for unforgettable heroes who embody romance.  As the year comes to a close, we’re looking back at the men who inspired us, made us smile, and made us swoon in 2019.   Whether between the pages of an amazing romance, on screen or in real…

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Writing Challenge: Waiting Under the Tree

The last of the turkey leftovers are finally being finished off, and homeowners across the continent are throwing off the restraint that just barely kept their holiday home decorating in check. That’s right, it’s December and the most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner! Christmas, for those who celebrate it, is…

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