Category: Character development

Romance Writing 101: Imagining your characters

To encourage your participation in our #RomanceIncludesYou blitz, we have a helpful, fun post by one of our former colleagues, Grace Thiele, who discusses the art of developing your characters! In her own words… Hello possums! There will be an eensy-weensy deviation from what I promised to write about a few weeks ago (I know, I should’ve…

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Let’s Talk About Black Panther and Characterization

By Katie Gowrie (WARNING: Mild spoilers ahead!) Like many people, I got swept up in the excitement of the Black Panther movie release last month. I love a good superhero flick (and Michael B. Jordan, obvs), so I eagerly anticipated visiting Wakanda. I didn’t go on opening weekend, which in Canada was February 16; I…

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Dear Editor, Can my hero and heroine be A-list celebrities?

Dear Editor, Can my hero and heroine be A-list celebrities? — Laura Dear Laura, Our simplest answer is that your characters can be in whatever profession they choose. We can’t control what you want to write. The crucial aspect for a publisher to consider is how this kind of setting – the celebrity world –…

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Romance Writing 101: Describing your hero and heroine

This week, Grace Thiele gives you her top tips on how to describe your characters with maximum impact! Hello dearest writers! Today, after my previous post on building up characters in your imagination, I’ll be writing about methods to begin translating that onto the page, specifically in physical description. Building them up in your mind and getting…

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Dear Editor, I keep running out of steam with my story – help!

Dear Editor, I was so excited when I started writing my new project – but now I’m halfway through I’ve run out of steam. What do I do now? Thanks, Molly   Dear Molly, What a great question, and I’m sure a dilemma a lot of writers, whether they are new or experienced, find themselves…

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Advice From the Archives: Internal vs External Conflict

This week on Advice From the Archives, we’re returning to the nuts and bolts of writing a successful romance – conflict! This post first featured in the UK’s New Voices competition in 2011, but the advice is just as relevant now as it was then! Internal vs external conflict – I want to know more! First up,…

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Advice from the Archives: Creating Memorable Characters

This blog from SYTYCW 2013 is all about how to make your characters stand out from the crowd! If the clothes make the man, then characters make the story. I’m a firm believer that if you don’t have fleshed-out, fully-realized, believable characters, you don’t have a book. No matter how earth-shatteringly great the prose may…

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Advice From The Archives: Does It Matter Who Wears The Trousers?

Happy Wednesday! It’s time to shed those stereotypes in this week’s Advice from the Archives. This gem is from the Behind the Scenes blog first posted in 2011! Enjoy 🙂  Now, Romance HQ is pretty open-minded – as you know, we’re pretty much constantly encouraging authors to push the series boundaries with unique emotional conflicts!…

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Advice From The Archives: Creating Characters

We’re talking characters today! This post is from the 2010 New Voices competition. Enjoy! Creating Characters Readers Will Fall in Love With Having strong and believable characters in your novel is a must – it’s the best way to gain your readers’ sympathy and keep their interest. More than an exciting plot, clever twist or an…

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