Category: emotional conflict

Dear Editor, how can I deal with difficult topics in my romance?

Dear Editor How can you deal with traumatic life scenarios realistically in a romance? I have a storyline in mind which is close to my heart – it’s something I’ve experienced personally – but I’m concerned it won’t be appropriate. Many thanks, Diane Dear Diane, We love authors who wish to challenge themselves and who…

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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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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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Weekend Writing Tip: Laura McCallen

This weekend, Assistant Editor @LauraMcCallen is on SOLD to give you her top writing tip about maintaining that all-important emotional tension in your romance! Watch, learn & enjoy! Happy Writing! The SOLD Editors x

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Time for another #WritingChallenge!

We’re still laughing about the funny and fabulous entries to our last #WritingChallenge – brilliant! Now, a #WritingChallenge for all you authors who love to write a feisty heroine… Your heroine has just discovered her boyfriend’s a cheat – what happens next? Give her free rein but do remember – any swear words will mean…

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Advice from the Archives: Beefing Up Black Moments

We’re back this week with some more stellar advice from our archives! This handy post comes from the ‘Behind the Scenes’ blog series and is just as important today as it was in 2011. Enjoy! 🙂 Romance HQ can be a pretty perky place but rest assured that whilst we love a happy ending, there’s…

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Dear Editor…

Dear Editor,  I know conflict is a necessary part of a story, but when I get rejections I get something like this: “not strong enough” or “won’t carry for the length of the book”. What exactly does this mean?  What am I missing when I plot my story? Also – is external conflict a necessary…

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This Weekend’s Top Writing Tip!

Senior Executive Editor of Harlequin UK @JoanneMGrant takes the SOLD stage this weekend, to give you her top tip on writing emotional conflict! If you’re interested in getting more words of wisdom direct from the Harlequin editors, email authorlab@hqnuk.co.uk to express your interest and to be kept informed of developments. For everyone else, make sure you check…

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