Category: Conflict

#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: 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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Advice from the Archives–Make Them Suffer: Why Conflict Is Necessary

This week, Susan Litman, Editor for Harlequin Special Edition, shows us why we should make our characters suffer! “They met. They fell in love. They lived happily ever after. The end.” Sounds…pleasant, doesn’t it? Nice…but not very exciting. When I see a pitch like this, I always ask the same question: “Where’s the beef?” In other…

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Conflicts: Be Mean to Your Characters—and Interesting to Your Readers

by Elizabeth Mazer, Associate Editor   The Love Inspired Historical team is ready to find new authors—could you be one of them? Find out by joining in our latest pitch contest: Manuscript Matchmakers! We’d love to have you join our terrific group of authors, and we’re excited to see your sweet, inspirational historical romance. We…

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Dear Editor…

Dear Editor I see a lot of books where the hero or heroine have some major trauma but can a more subtle one do just as well. e.g. making the wrong career choice, always being picked last. Thank you! Mary Dear Mary, We’re really glad you asked this question. Creating and developing sustainable emotional conflict…

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Weekend Writing Tips: Joanne Grant

Hi everyone, We really hope you’ve enjoyed all our Weekend Writing Tip videos so far! As of today, you can look out for these videos every other Friday – editorial food for thought to consider over the weekend 🙂 Today, we’ve got the UK’s lovely Senior Executive Editor Joanne Grant on to talk about the…

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The Black Moment: How to raise the romantic stakes before the HEA

By Patience Bloom, Senior Editor, Harlequin Romantic Suspense What is a black moment? In a romance novel, the black moment occurs when the hero and heroine lose all hope in love. Their lives might be in danger, too, or another crisis might wrench them apart. But the main issue is that their happily-ever-after may not…

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Dear Editor…

Dear Editor, I have a story in mind that is close to my heart and tackles some quite difficult subjects. But how rooted in reality can I make it? I would really appreciate some advice before I start, I’m just not sure what line to walk between reality and a good escapist read! Thank you!…

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Plot 101: Let’s Talk About Plot

Read on, and don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #sytycw. How do you give your romance novel intensity and keep the reader turning the pages? Editorial Assistant Farah Chowdhury breaks down the basics of plot. What is a plot? Plot in its most basic form is a series of…

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