Category: Writing Challenge

#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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#WritingChallenge: April’s Day Off

by Deirdre Spring has arrived here in Toronto, and we couldn’t be happier. While we don’t have daffodils yet (Hello, London office! *waves*), Torontonians do like to take advantage of the spring weather. I was looking at a list of movies to watch in springtime, and one of the suggestions was “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”.…

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#WritingChallenge: The Forced Proximity Romance

by Deirdre Earlier in the month we featured Top Tips for Writing a Forced Proximity Romance. As Harlequin Intrigue Editorial Assistant Kayla King said in her post, the forced proximity trope provides, “the perfect opportunity for lots of conflict and tension.”     One of the great things about the forced proximity trope is the…

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#WritingChallenge: LISTEN to create stronger dialogue

By Deirdre Strong dialogue will draw readers into your book and catch an editor’s ear. There are a few things that make your dialogue stand out in the slush pile and feel fresh and contemporary: The dialogue sounds natural: The speech isn’t overly formal, and doesn’t read like a Wikipedia entry explaining the characters’ feelings.…

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#WritingChallenge: Pitch your big city romance!

Last Monday Editorial Assistant Megan Broderick wrote a great post on Top 10 Reasons to Write a (Non-Billionaire) City Romance. Small-town romances are something we see a lot, especially in our Home and Family categories such as Special Edition, Western Romance, and Heartwarming. But as much as editors love to see tried and true hooks,…

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