Category: Writing Challenge

#WritingChallenge: Pitch your race-against-time romance!

By Deirdre McCluskey Last #WritingChallenge we talked about how well-developed characters strengthen the internal conflict in your romance. But what about external conflict? Sometimes editors downplay the importance of external conflict because new writers may rely too heavily on contrived conflict at the expense of compelling emotional conflict. But good external conflict places your characters…

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#WritingChallenge: Dig deeper into your characters

About eight weeks into Write Your Romance in 150 Days, you’re probably getting to know your characters very well. That’s good because romance readers (and editors) love a strong romantic conflict, and strong conflict comes from well-developed characters. (For more on characterization, read this great post by Superromance author Vicki Essex in our archive.) Let’s…

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Advice from the Archives: Let’s Talk about Plot

During our Write a Romance in 150 Days challenge, we wanted to talk a little about plot and found this handy dandy 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…

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#WritingChallenge: 3-Sentence Pitch

By now if you’re participating in the Write Your Romance in 150 Days challenge, you’re one month in – that’s one-fifth of the way to the finish line, authors! – and thinking deeply about the essentials of your romance novel. What are the essentials? According to Love Inspired Editor Emily Rodmell in this post from…

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#Writing Challenge: Give us your best opening sentence!

We’re a couple of weeks into the 150 Day Challenge and many of you are plotting out your romance novel and thinking about how to hook your reader with a captivating opening. So we decided to revisit a popular challenge from last year: Give us your best opening sentence! For tips on getting started and…

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Write Your Romance in 150 Days!

By Senior Executive Editor Birgit Davis-Todd I’ve always been a numbers person.  For me breaking down a task by the number of hours or days needed to complete it helps me achieve my goal successfully.  You can take the same approach when writing a book.  Most authors need around five months—or 150 days!—to write a…

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#WritingChallenge: Single Dads!

by Deirdre The single dad hero is a romance trope we love! Strong, caring, and self-reliant, single dads are heroes. So heroic in fact, it might be hard to motivate your heroine to not fall in love right away. Maybe your heroine’s just out of a relationship and is relishing the freedom of single life.…

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#WritingChallenge: Here Comes the Bride!

It’s June, and wedding season is upon us! Few things are more romantic and heartfelt than the perfect wedding day. But what happens when it’s not so perfect? Harlequin editor Karen Reid knows all about that:   “In the car on the way to the wedding, my dad and I (and my friend behind us…

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#WritingChallenge: An Elevator Encounter

by Deirdre Happy Friday, Authors! It’s the end of the work week for many, including your hero and heroine in this week’s #WritingChallenge: These condo neighbours have always hated each other. She plays her music too loud and he lets his Chihuahua run up and down the halls. She’s on her way home with a…

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#WritingChallenge: Alpha Heroines!

by Deirdre A while back we asked you to show us your Alpha Hero. You gave us some fabulous scenes and character sketches that truly balanced the hero’s alpha traits with believable flaws. This week, following up on Monday’s post from Kayla King on the Top 5 Reasons to Write a Smart and Savvy Heroine,…

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