Category: Writing Inspiration

New Season, New Chance to Write that Book!

By Katie Gowrie Summer’s winding down, and while dropping temperatures are a bummer, I’ll be gearing up for all the things early September brings (read: going wild with the anticipation of fun cable knits, pumpkin spiced lattes, and stargazing—if you’re a Torontonian, September means annual celebrity invasion for the Toronto International Film Festival). A change…

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Romance Writing 101: Hooks and Themes

Another in our crash course series of instructive posts, this one by former colleague Grace Thiele, who revs up our enthusiasm with some info on hooks and themes… 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…

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Let’s Talk about Plot

During our #RomanceIncludesYou blitz, we wanted to talk a little about plot and found this useful blog post from one of our past contributors. Here are some basics… What is a plot? Plot in its most basic form is a series of linked events that take place. It is the stuff that stories are made of.  Without it your…

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The Who 101: Creating Memorable Characters

If the clothes make the man, then characters make the story. If you don’t have fleshed-out, fully-realized, believable characters, you don’t have much of a book, no matter how earth-shatteringly great the prose may be. Just think of your favorite book from childhood or adolescence. Perhaps you were (still are) a great devourer of anything written by Jane…

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Make a Date with Desire: Meet Desire Author Joanne Rock!

Written Consent: In this Q&A, Desire author Joanne Rock shares her tips on depicting power dynamics in love scenes. SYTYCW: You have written for different Harlequin series, including Blaze and most recently Desire. These are sexy books with lots of intimacy. Do you find particular challenges in depicting consensual relations? Joanne Rock: I am drawn…

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Make a Date with Desire: Meet Desire Author Charlene Sands!

USA TODAY bestselling author Charlene Sands shares her tips on writing a wealthy Western. In her own words… They say write what you know, so what does a city girl know about cowboys and ranches and horses?  Well, when I started out my love of the American West included both historical and modern day cowboys…

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Make a Date with Desire: Writing the Desire Hero, Then and Now

USA TODAY bestselling author Katherine Garbera wrote her first book for Desire in 1997. More than twenty years later, she talks about how her heroes have evolved up until this month’s Craving His Best Friend’s Ex. In her own words… My first book came out in 1997 and the world has definitely changed since then.…

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Five Tips for Effortless Exposition

To get everyone motivated for our #RomanceIncludesYou writing blitz, we’re bringing this wonderful post by Katie Gowrie from our Advice from the Archives… For any writer, exposition is an important aspect of what makes up their story. To be specific, exposition is simply the facts. All those details about setting, characterization and the situation. This…

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Make a Date with Desire: Meet August Desire debut author Kimberley Troutte

SYTYCW caught up with the New York Times bestselling author as her first Desire, Forbidden Lovers, hits the bookshelves… SYTYCW: You’ve written for other publishers besides Desire. What was the road to getting your first book published? Kimberley Troutte: I’m not an overnight success. I worked on my first novel for twenty years because I was…

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Make a Date with Desire: Desire editor roundtable

Turns out, you can judge a book by its cover. In August, Harlequin Desire has a new cover look, and the stories are getting bolder, too. SYTYCW will be checking in with Desire all month, starting today with a Desire editor roundtable. Watch our video introduction, and read the full transcript of the discussion that…

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