Category: Writers Workshop

#AdviceSwap: How do you handle a rejection letter?

 “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” – Julie Andrews Happy New Year! Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Opinions differ on whether making resolutions for the year really works, or what the best way is to  achieve your goals. But the truth is there’s no one best way for everyone. This week…

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Dear Editor, What is an editor’s normal response time to a submission?

Dear Editor, What is an editor’s normal response time to a submission? I sent in my manuscript ten months ago and haven’t heard back. My critique partner received a response within a month. Just curious how this all works. –Vicki Dear Vicki, First of all, I’m sorry that you’ve been waiting ten months for a…

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Advice from the Archives: How to Spot Problem Areas in Your Story

It happens to everyone. You have a polished piece of work in front of you, but you feel something isn’t quite right. Maybe you should go over it one more time. Maybe the editor will love it even though you kind of don’t. Does love matter if your book has great potential to sell? That’s…

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Dear Editor, The heroine of my story is annoying. Please help!

Dear Editor, The heroine of my story is annoying. She has a good job, she’s nice to others, but I don’t really like her. Please help! –Cynthia Dear Cynthia, The annoying heroine can be a difficult issue for the romance writer—and reader. Perhaps your heroine is too perfect or you don’t know her well enough.…

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#WritingChallenge! Bring your scene to life with the five senses

By Deirdre Whether your romance is set in a dangerous, dust-choked rodeo or the luxury of a boutique hotel, your ability to vividly evoke the characters’ experience is essential for the reader to believe your hero and heroine are real people – and to care about what happens to them. One of the best ways…

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Advice Swap: Where do you find the inspiration for your heroes?

Hi everyone, After all of your amazing, insightful responses to our last Advice Swap on dealing with writer’s block, we’re back with our second topic… Where do you find the inspiration for your heroes? We know everyone has their own experiences of writing romance – so share your unique tips, stories and solutions in the comments section below!

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Welcome to the Advice Swap!

Hi everyone, As we hope you all know, the goal of the SYTYCW Blog is to provide top-quality writing advice for romance authors. We have great contributions from authors and editors, but we’ve also been totally bowled over by some of the brilliant suggestions readers have posted in response to these editorial posts! So, we wanted to create…

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How do you raise the stakes in romance?

Looking to raise the stakes in your romance? Get advice from Victoria Curran @victoriacurran2, Senior Editor for Harlequin Heartwarming and Harlequin Superromance!   I think it’s pretty clear that readers are divided on the strength of the writing in Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James. But I get why it became one of the…

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Dear Editor, how do I create a flawed character?

Dear Editor, How can I write a flawed character while keeping the readers’ sympathy? Thanks, Sandra   Dear Sandra, Ensuring your readers sympathise with your characters is an essential tool in getting them to invest their time and believe in the romance. However, that doesn’t mean your characters have to be perfect. In fact, those…

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