Category: Writers Workshop

Character 101: Building Complex, Interesting, Memorable Characters

  Read on, and don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #sytycw. At the heart of a great romance are characters we can relate to and fall in love with. Harlequin Superromance author Vicki Essex talks about writing diverse, memorable and fully realized characters. While writers talk about goal, motivation…

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Voice 101: Getting Some Perspective on First and Third Person

Read on, and don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #sytycw. What point of view should you choose for your romance novel? Carina Press Senior Editor Kerri Buckley offers tips on first person POV and Editorial Assistant Nicola Caws talks about third person narration, head-hopping and more. Getting Some Perspective on…

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Plot 101: Let’s Talk About Plot

Read on, and don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #sytycw. How do you give your romance novel intensity and keep the reader turning the pages? Editorial Assistant Farah Chowdhury breaks down the basics of plot. What is a plot? Plot in its most basic form is a series of…

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Romance 101: Putting the Romance in Romance Novels

Read on, and don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #sytycw. Associate Editor Rachel Burkot talks about the necessary elements of a romance novel. For many, Harlequin is synonymous with “romance.” We talk a lot about the series promise, but what does that really mean? It’s the million dollar question:…

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The Revision Letter: Why and How to Follow it to a T

By Associate Editor Rachel Burkot Hey authors, I have a secret for you! The magical way to firmly entrench yourself in the coveted position of an editor's good graces. Ready to hear it? It's simple—just follow a revision letter to a T, and we will love you forever! Now I know what you're thinking: I…

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In Your Corner: Meet the Team of Experts Who Want Your Book to Succeed

by Dana Grimaldi @DanaGrimaldi, Assistant Editor/Editorial Assistant, Harlequin Heartwarming When Vicki Essex sat down to write her first book, Her Son's Hero, she was alone. Sure, Smartikus the cat was providing moral support, but Vicki was writing the way everyone writes, by herself, with her imagination and determination the driving force behind getting her story…

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Critique Partners: Working a Two-Way Street

By Patience Bloom, Senior Editor We editors often hear about writers getting feedback from their critique partners. Generally, we love that this relationship exists because writing needs critiquing. The "just finished" manuscript isn't at the stage where we step in (unless it's pure genius—and then, even we would be jealous). Sure, some people write books,…

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The Query Letter: 10 Dos and Don’ts

By Giselle Regus, Assistant Editor/Editorial Assistant, Love Inspired So you think you can write? That’s great! But before an editor even lays eyes on your manuscript, she (or he!) needs to see your query letter. As assistants on the Love Inspired lines, we’ve seen query letters run the gamut from perfectly professional to downright disastrous.…

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It’s Just a Big Misunderstanding…

By Laurie Johnson, Assistant Editor, Harlequin Medical Romance Avoiding the pitfalls of contrivance, coincidence and misunderstandings in a story usually comes down to the characters’ conflicts – how internal or external they are – and development. If the premise of a story is contrived, a reader may find it hard to believe in the characters…

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Fine Tuning Your Submissions Recap

This Twitter chat was done in August by Stacy Boyd, Susan Litman and Allison Lyons to lead in to So You Think You Can Write. The full recap can be found on the Harlequin Community Forums, but we chose a few appropriate snippets to encourage those polishing their manuscripts and chapters for the SYTYCW contest!…

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