Category: Archive

Editor Profile: Meet Grace Thiele!

We’re so excited that Harlequin editorial assistant and blog contributor Grace Thiele is officially joining the SYTYCW team! She pens insightful posts and brings lively discussion to the mix.  Welcome, Grace! Just a few questions… How did you get started at Harlequin? Did you always know you wanted to be a romance novel editor? The truthful answer is – no! It…

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Wedding Romances: Write Them Year Round

by Katie Gowrie As summer comes to an end, so does wedding season. And we at SYTYCW have some mixed emotions. While the constant events, the high heels and the unavoidable strain on our wallets are exhausting, we’ll certainly miss the gorgeous bridal gowns, the floral arrangements and the open bars. But the end of…

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Advice from the Archives: It’s Just A Big Misunderstanding…

We’re back with more brilliant advice to help you get the best out of your stories! This week we have a great post from SYTYCW 2014 on coincidences, contrivance & misunderstandings – enjoy! Avoiding the pitfalls of contrivance, coincidence and misunderstandings in a story usually comes down to the characters’ conflicts – how internal or external they…

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Advice from the Archives: Internal vs. External Conflict

This week on Advice From the Archives, we’re returning to the nuts and bolts of writing a successful romance: conflict! This post first featured in the UK’s New Voices competition in 2011, but the advice is just as relevant now as it was then! As you work through writing your novel in 150 days, consider conflict…

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My Editor Crush: Ryan Reynolds

by Kayla King Hello, I’m here to speak with you about my editor crush. It was only secret for about the 114 minutes of secondhand embarrassment I endured while watching Green Lantern, but Ryan, honey, we’ve come so far. That’s right. My crush is Ryan Reynolds. I know, I know, shocking literally no one. But…

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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. As a professional reader,…

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#WritingChallenge: Dig deeper into your characters

About eight weeks into Write Your Romance in 150 Days, you’re probably getting to know your characters very well. That’s good because romance readers (and editors) love a strong romantic conflict, and strong conflict comes from well-developed characters. (For more on characterization, read this great post by Superromance author Vicki Essex in our archive.) Let’s…

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The Plot Thickens…or How I Came to Like Fish

by Patience Bloom Some of us lack the gift of plotting. I’m not naming names here, but it’s not everyone’s forte. Now, you may create glowing characters and write sparkling first drafts, and yet plots are not your thing. Even after you’ve read Robert McKee’s STORY and Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey, highlighting important sections,…

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Advice from the Archives: Romance Tropes–Fab or Drab?

How can you employ the tried-and-true hooks without becoming cliché? Editorial Assistant Tahra Seplowin offers advice Ask a category romance lover what her favorite tropes and hooks are, and she might tell you she loves stories involving secret babies or enemies-to-lovers. Think reunion romances. Girl next door. Virginal heroine. Alpha hero. Marriage of convenience. But…

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Beta Heroes: Why You Should Write One (…and How)

by Katie Gowrie It would be an understatement to say alpha heroes are popular in romance novels. Something about a guy who’s tall, dark and in control is just so appealing. But the romance genre encompasses all kinds of heroes, like gamma heroes (a hybrid of beta and alpha), and theta heroes (the dark and…

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