Category: Writing Challenge

#WritingChallenge: Find your voice

By Deirdre McCluskey, Harlequin Series This week we’ve been talking about voice. Difficult to define, yet unmistakable when you see it, your romance voice is an expression of your point of view. It affects word choice, characters, and plot, and makes the story uniquely yours. But in order for your voice to be heard, you…

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#WritingChallenge: Write a “DARE”ing dialogue

  We’re celebrating the launch of Harlequin Dare this week at SYTYCW! Our boldest, sexiest romance series yet features fun, fearless heroines and the alpha heroes they crave. Your challenge this week: Write a short dialogue that shows us the push/pull between your powerful and equally matched hero and heroine. For this challenge, exposition and…

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#WritingChallenge: The First Kiss

The Harlequin Romance Blitz opens next week! If you haven’t been reading Harlequin Romance, author Therese Beharrie can tell you why you should be. Near the top of her list of reasons is the setting. In her words, “A first kiss is so much more romantic when it’s on the hero’s yacht on the Amalfi…

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#WritingChallenge: Snowed In!

Happy January! The month that introduces you to fun terms like polar vortex, thundersnow, bombogenesis and  bomb cyclone. So how about embracing the cold (in your imagination, anyway) and writing a romantic winter forced-proximity scene? Your heroine has booked a flight from Boston to Hawaii for an important pitch with a new client. Your hero,…

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#WritingChallenge: Rivals under the mistletoe

By: Katie Gowrie This week on SYTYCW we talked about writer’s block. As the holiday festivities ramp up, it can be hard to maintain focus on your writing. It’s easy to get distracted, or just plain stuck. Maybe a particular scene has come to a standstill and you can’t find your way forward. Or perhaps revising your story through the…

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#WritingChallenge: Take our Harlequin Series Quiz!

You’re in the home stretch of the 150 Day Challenge. Hooray! What’s next? Thinking about the best place to submit your masterpiece, that’s what! On Monday, we encouraged you to check out our submission guidelines to see which Harlequin series is right for you. If you took the time to do so, you’re ready for…

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Writing Challenge results: Our Top 3 opening lines!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our #writingchallenge on Friday!  We asked for your best bad boy hero opening lines, and you delivered. Your entries were creative, intriguing and entertaining. We loved reading them all, and had a very tough time picking favourites! But after much deliberation, here are our Top 3: “That’s my…

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#WritingChallenge: What’s your bad boy hero’s opening line?

Lately at So You Think You Can Write we’ve been all about bad boys and anti-heroes. Love him or hate him, the bad boy hero is a perennial favourite for romance readers. So this week’s writing challenge is short and sweet: Give us your bad boy hero’s opening line to the heroine. Sweet, sexy, funny,…

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#WritingChallenge: What’s in the box?

by Deirdre McCluskey This month at So You Think You Can Write has been all about conflict, and you’ve all been working hard to make sure your conflict’s captivating and your characters are authentically motivated. So this week’s challenge is for fun (but will stretch your creative muscles too!) No Harlequin romance categories epitomize fun,…

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#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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