Category: Writing Inspiration

Advice from the Archives: How to Keep the Romance in Your Sex Scenes

Do you like the steamy bits best? Sex is an important part of relationships and many romance novels. But writing compelling sex scenes that move the plot forward is not as easy as it seems. Sex scenes can include some of the most poignant, meaningful moments in a story, or they can make us shudder…and…

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Write a Book in 150 Days: Sensuality Check-In

by Patience Bloom We hope you have been motivating yourself—and each other—to keep writing these last few months. We’re closing in on that December deadline fast, though I’m sure for some, it might not seem fast enough. Writing is hard work! How has it been for you? Do you have days where you can’t bear…

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5 Important Writing Tips from Author Anna J. Stewart

1. Read. I bet you thought I’d start out by saying write. Ha! Fooled you.  Nope. My number one rule for writers is to read. Read everything you can get your hands on. In the genre you write and outside of it. Magazines, newspapers, blogs (not FB posts–they don’t count!). Words are power, especially ones…

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WHY: THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR STORY

by Katie Gowrie If you’ve thrown yourself into this year’s SYTYCW challenge and are determined to write your romance novel in 150 days , you’ll notice we’ve been posting a lot lately on conflict and characterization. Let’s talk about something that goes hand-in-hand with these two things. And I’m so excited about it, I’m going to…

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Interview with…Anna J. Stewart!

We’re thrilled to have Harlequin author Anna J. Stewart visiting with us. She writes for both Harlequin Heartwarming and Harlequin Romantic Suspense. Today, she’s talking about her HRS October 2017 release, GONE IN THE NIGHT, the latest in her Honor Bound series. Can you tell us a little about your October book and why it’s…

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5 Reasons to Love…Royal Romance!

by Grace Thiele Call the heralds! Alert the press! Someone, fetch a trumpet – behold, there is wonderful news! Another royal baby is on the way! There’s one piece of news on the lips of Londoners, and that’s the announcement that Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and future Queen of England, is expecting her third baby!…

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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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Romance 101: Hooks and Themes

by Grace Thiele Hello, dearest authors! This week in an extremely wind-swept London, I’ll be writing about how to blow editors away with thrilling new takes on … bestselling themes and hooks! Now, I’ll let you in on a Harlequin secret, direct from Editorial. In an increasingly competitive romance fiction market, every single book has…

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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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