Category: Writing Opportunities

Writing Challenge: If You Can’t Stand the Heat…

It feels like only yesterday that we asked you all to conjure up a hero(ine) and their untold wealth. We were so taken aback by your responses that we couldn’t wait to serve up another writing challenge, and we’re eager to see just what you’re going to come up with! Everyone loves a romantic candlelit…

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Writing Challenge: Show Me the Money!

By some counts there are roughly two thousand billionaires in the world, and a surprising number end up as the heroes in our books! Long before Nick Young of Crazy Rich Asians fame we’ve been swept off our feet by dashing men with daunting net worths. What can we say? It’s easy to get caught…

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Final Call for the Romance Includes You Mentorship!

This is the final day to send in your submission to the Romance Includes You Mentorship! We’ll be accepting submissions until midnight (ET). If you’ve not submitted yet, there’s still time! And we can’t wait to see your stories. Here’s a quick recap of everything you need to know: What is it? An opportunity for…

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A #RomanceIncludesYou Mentorship Checklist

The Romance Includes You Mentorship is open for submissions until October 15th. If you’re an aspiring romance author from a community that’s been underrepresented in traditional publishing, then we want to see your stories! This is an opportunity to work one-on-one with a Harlequin editor for a year to develop your romance novel. The chosen…

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Writing Challenge: A celebrity encounter

We are in the middle of film festival fever in Toronto. The city is teeming with famous and not-so-famous visitors for the Toronto International Film Festival. One of the unique things about TIFF is that it’s not just an industry event – celebrity fans and movie lovers are a big part of the festival. And…

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Writing Challenge: The Black Moment

At So You Think You Can Write this week we talked about two elements of your novel, Character and Plot. But you can’t really separate these elements. Plot is driven by your characters’ actions and choices. And your characters’ motivations for their actions are what give the story its emotional heart. Everything comes together in…

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Let’s Talk about Plot

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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Writing Challenge: A modern Cinderella

The Cinderella story is a perennial romance favorite. We posted 10 Tips for Writing the Perfect Cinderella Story on Wednesday. But it can be challenging making a traditional tale feel new. Are you up for the challenge? Outline in a few paragraphs your perfect modern Cinderella story: Your Cinderella: She (or he) is a relatable,…

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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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