Crafting Strong Openings

This is from our Advice from the Archives treasure trove, written in 1993 by Anne Canadeo and Mary-Theresa Hussey and addressed to editors (but very helpful for writers). As we encourage you to submit, we want to bring you helpful tips and encouragement. So let’s start at the very beginning and guide you toward creating…

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Interview with… Laurel Blount

We’re pleased to have Laurel Blount with us today. She’s here to tell us about her writing process and her July 2019 release! Can you describe your writing process? I really love people! So my initial story spark is almost always an interesting character. Once I have a strong sense of his or her personality,…

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Writing Challenge: Set the scene

“Setting can be another character. And just as with cardboard characters, a lack of setting will leave a story feeling one-dimensional.” – Patience Bloom, Senior Editor If you’ve been with us all week, you know that we’ve been talking about the importance of creating a vivid setting for your romance. Ready to give it a…

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Romantic Settings in Movies!

If you need some inspiration for where you set your book, take a visual tour of some of the most beautiful places in the world via film. No passports needed! Under the Tuscan Sun (Italy) How Stella Got Her Groove Back… (Jamaica) Eat Pray Love (Italy, India, Bali) P.S. I Love You (Ireland) The Big…

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5 Reasons Why You Need a Setting

by Patience Bloom When you are writing a romance, it can be easy to forget about setting. Your hero and heroine are wrapped up in a love cocoon, grappling with their conflicts. Classic romance hooks abound with a baby, maybe a cowboy, a wedding, a stuck-in-an-elevator night of passion, a pregnancy, a misunderstanding, and at…

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Writing Challenge: Girl Meets Boy Meets Dog

This week at So You Think You Can Write we’ve been talking about romantic comedy. As DARE author Rebecca Hunter wrote on Wednesday, “Right now, there are a lot of things going on in the world that can make us feel overwhelmed. Sometimes we need a break. We all need a place to go to…

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Interview with… Rebecca Hunter

We’re pleased to have Rebecca Hunter with us today. She’s here to tell us about her writing process and her June 2019 release! Can you describe your writing process? My books usually start with a scenario with the hero and heroine, a setting, and some conversations. From here, I sketch out an outline and flesh…

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Advice From The Archives: Blending Humor With Emotion

By Liz Fielding Do you want to write books that will make people laugh and cry? With romantic comedies getting renewed love in books and movies this past year, this fabulous 2011 blog post by award-winning Harlequin Romance author Liz Fielding is essential reading! Have any of you watched the television programme Myth Busters? They take…

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