Category: Writing Opportunities

Writing Challenge: What’s your heroine’s opening line?

If you’ve been reading our blog lately, you know we’ve been talking about strong openings and active heroines. It’s been a while since we’ve had a one-line challenge. Our last one highlighted bad boy heroes, and your opening lines were fantastic! Our challenge this week:  What’s your active heroine’s opening line? She can be speaking…

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Writing Challenge: Set the scene

“Setting can be another character. And just as with cardboard characters, a lack of setting will leave a story feeling one-dimensional.” – Patience Bloom, Senior Editor If you’ve been with us all week, you know that we’ve been talking about the importance of creating a vivid setting for your romance. Ready to give it a…

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Writing Challenge: Girl Meets Boy Meets Dog

This week at So You Think You Can Write we’ve been talking about romantic comedy. As DARE author Rebecca Hunter wrote on Wednesday, “Right now, there are a lot of things going on in the world that can make us feel overwhelmed. Sometimes we need a break. We all need a place to go to…

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Writing Challenge: Create an Intriguing Heroine

“Consider what makes a person so fascinating. Who captures your interest in a powerful way?” – Senior Editor Patience Bloom, How to Spot Problem Areas in Your Story When we think about the people who fascinate us, it’s their unique qualities that make them alluring. But sometimes we create cliched characters even as we try…

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Writing Challenge: Create a Cliffhanger!

We posted some great advice on creating suspense from Harlequin authors this week, including this tip from New York Times Bestselling Harlequin Intrigue and Harlequin Romantic Suspense author Elle James:  “I like to keep my readers guessing at the end of a chapter. Will the hero save the day? Will the heroine fight her way…

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Writing Challenge: Create a scene with tension!

We love secret babies in romance! But what if the hero isn’t the father? Welcome to this week’s writing challenge! In a youthful misstep, Arianna gets pregnant after a one-night stand with Charlie, a sexy and charming college classmate. She knows Charlie can’t be the father her baby needs, so she quietly leaves town to…

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Harlequin’s Creator Fund Deadline for Submissions Two Weeks Away!

The submission deadline for the Harlequin Creator Fund closes on March 23, 2019! Since the Creator Fund launch on January 23, more than 130 entries have been submitted across film/television and fiction. The panel of judges for tv/film includes Entertainment One’s Isabel Gomez-Moriana, Director, Scripted Development, Television, Canada and Chris Bell, Vice President, Scripted Development,…

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Writing Challenge: A Medical Conflict

Are you thinking of submitting to the Harlequin Medical Romance Blitz? Has our Monday post from the Love Inspired team got you thinking about romantic conflict in your plot? This week’s writing challenge combines both! Dr. Hallie Bloom is new to Elizabeth Blackwell Medical Center. The pressure’s on to prove her worth and pay off…

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Writing Challenge: Set Them Up

By Deirdre McCluskey, Administrative Coordinator, Harlequin Series My favourite romantic comedy of 2018, bar none, was the Netflix movie, Set It Up. It’s clever, funny, sweet and romantic, and the chemistry between leads Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell is absolutely wonderful. If you haven’t watched Set It Up (and even if you have), I urge…

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Harlequin REFRESH Writing Challenge: Replace the cliche

On Tuesday we wrote about freshening your narrative voice by eliminating clichés. Easier said than done! Sometimes a cliché seems to express what you want to say perfectly. So how do replace the perfect words with more perfect ones? Here are some questions to ask yourself: What’s my character’s motivation?          …

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