Category: Archive

Writing Challenge: Hey Mr. DJ, Put a Record On

by Evan Yeong Writing this on a Tuesday, it’s hard not to have The Bachelor on the mind. That’s fortunate, however, as it’s the perfect show to emphasize the effect that musical ability can have on a relationship. Take, for example, Jed Wyatt, who “won” (see: beat out the 32 other contestants) Season 15 of The…

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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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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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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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Top 5 Holiday Romance Movies

Yesterday on the blog, we let you know our thoughts on the popular Christmas film Love, Actually. Enjoy this updated post from our Archives on our top five holiday romance movie picks! By: Deirdre & Katie The holiday season is in full swing and we at SYTYCW couldn’t be more pleased. December brings with it…

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