Category: romance writing

Write a Book in 150 Days: Sensuality Check-In

by Patience Bloom We hope you have been motivating yourself—and each other—to keep writing these last few months. We’re closing in on that December deadline fast, though I’m sure for some, it might not seem fast enough. Writing is hard work! How has it been for you? Do you have days where you can’t bear…

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Getting the Call: Meet Christa Sinclair!

We are delighted to welcome debut Love Inspired Suspense author Christa Sinclair with her story on Getting the Call! In her own words… August 10, 2017. I had been back to work as an educator for just over a week. That particular day we were on a different campus for professional development, with our employees…

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Interview with…Anna J. Stewart!

We’re thrilled to have Harlequin author Anna J. Stewart visiting with us. She writes for both Harlequin Heartwarming and Harlequin Romantic Suspense. Today, she’s talking about her HRS October 2017 release, GONE IN THE NIGHT, the latest in her Honor Bound series. Can you tell us a little about your October book and why it’s…

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Wedding Romances: Write Them Year Round

by Katie Gowrie As summer comes to an end, so does wedding season. And we at SYTYCW have some mixed emotions. While the constant events, the high heels and the unavoidable strain on our wallets are exhausting, we’ll certainly miss the gorgeous bridal gowns, the floral arrangements and the open bars. But the end of…

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Romance 101: Hooks and Themes

by Grace Thiele Hello, dearest authors! This week in an extremely wind-swept London, I’ll be writing about how to blow editors away with thrilling new takes on … bestselling themes and hooks! Now, I’ll let you in on a Harlequin secret, direct from Editorial. In an increasingly competitive romance fiction market, every single book has…

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Advice from the Archives: It’s Just A Big Misunderstanding…

We’re back with more brilliant advice to help you get the best out of your stories! This week we have a great post from SYTYCW 2014 on coincidences, contrivance & misunderstandings – enjoy! Avoiding the pitfalls of contrivance, coincidence and misunderstandings in a story usually comes down to the characters’ conflicts – how internal or external they…

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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! As you work through writing your novel in 150 days, consider conflict…

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Advice from the Archives: Making the Most of Your Happy Ending

by Patience Bloom Shall we state the obvious first?  The ending of a romance novel must be happy. No surprise there. If we know the ending already, why do we keep reading the story? Because over the course of the book, the reader becomes invested in the characters and their unique journey. The road from…

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The Plot Thickens…or How I Came to Like Fish

by Patience Bloom Some of us lack the gift of plotting. I’m not naming names here, but it’s not everyone’s forte. Now, you may create glowing characters and write sparkling first drafts, and yet plots are not your thing. Even after you’ve read Robert McKee’s STORY and Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey, highlighting important sections,…

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Advice from the Archives: Romance Tropes–Fab or Drab?

How can you employ the tried-and-true hooks without becoming cliché? Editorial Assistant Tahra Seplowin offers advice Ask a category romance lover what her favorite tropes and hooks are, and she might tell you she loves stories involving secret babies or enemies-to-lovers. Think reunion romances. Girl next door. Virginal heroine. Alpha hero. Marriage of convenience. But…

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