Category: Writing Challenge

How do you raise the stakes in romance?

Looking to raise the stakes in your romance? Get advice from Victoria Curran @victoriacurran2, Senior Editor for Harlequin Heartwarming and Harlequin Superromance!   I think it’s pretty clear that readers are divided on the strength of the writing in Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James. But I get why it became one of the…

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A Heartwarming #WritingChallenge!

Hi everyone, At Heartwarming, we’re always on the lookout for stories with high stakes, where the characters must risk giving up what they want most in order to love each other. The strongest books weave together both internal and external conflicts to ramp up the action, emotion and romantic tension. This weekend’s challenge is: Show…

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Here’s your weekend #WritingChallenge!

Hi everyone, One of the most precious moments in a romance is when the hero and heroine first meet! But what happens when it’s two total strangers who are destined to marry? See below for your weekend #writingchallenge… Your hero and heroine are about to get married, but they are total strangers! Give us their first meet! We can’t…

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Here’s your weekend #WritingChallenge!

Beginnings are crucial, and your opening sentence should grab the reader’s attention, making them want to read on. So this weekend, we challenge you to… Give us your best opening sentence! We will be selecting our top three on Monday so be sure to get yours in on time! The SYTYCW Editors x    

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Here’s your weekend #WritingChallenge!

This week, our #WritingChallenge is inspired by 2016’s Leap Year! Leap Day is famously the day when women propose instead of men, so to celebrate we’re asking you to put your own twist on the tradition… We want to see your heroine make the first move! Does she ask your hero for a date, a round-the-world…

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A very Valentine’s #WritingChallenge!

The #WritingChallenge is back with a bang for the most romantic holiday of the year – Valentine’s Day! This one is short and sweet – you can make it funny, sexy, romantic, dramatic, and from any part of your hero and heroine’s relationship you like… Just as long as it’s Valentine’s Day-tastic! Give us your best Valentine’s…

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A festive #WritingChallenge!

Hi everyone, As Christmas is approaching, we wanted to get festive! As you know know all the many reasons why we love Christmas romances, we thought it would be fun to try and write our own Christmas romance – together! Below, we’ve given you the opening line to a romance, and we want to see…

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Here’s your next #WritingChallenge!

Hi everyone, This weekend’s #WritingChallenge is short and sweet – we hope you enjoy! Your hero and heroine have just met. Give us his most impactful/ funny/ sexy/ intriguing/ eye-catching first line! Happy Writing – we can’t wait to have a read on Monday! The SYTYCW Editors X  

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Here’s your next #WritingChallenge!

Hi everyone, This weekend’s #WritingChallenge is short and sweet – we hope you enjoy! Your hero and heroine have just met. Give us your hero’s most impactful/ funny/ sexy/ intriguing/ eye-catching opening line! Happy Writing – we can’t wait to have a read on Monday! The SYTYCW Editors X

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Here’s Your Weekend #WritingChallenge!

Hi everyone, We hope you all enjoyed the wild ride of #SYTYCW15, and congratulations to our wonderful winner, Lauren Smith! (If you haven’t watched it already, see her get the ‘you’ve won’ call here.) This #WritingChallenge, we have a bridesmaid heroine for you…but is she about to meet the man who will walk her down the…

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