Category: writing romance

Five Tips for Writing an Office Romance

By Katie Gowrie Harlequin headquarters is moving! That’s right, we’ve packed our bags and closed the door on one legendary office building (we’ve been there since the ’80s!). We’ve left our cozy spot in the northern end of Toronto for a trendy new space in the heart of downtown—the land of expensive coffees, bankers, pumps…

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Editor Recommendations for Writing–Updated!

We editors have done much research on writing and have come up with this excellent longer list of craft related books for you to peruse. Don’t be intimidated! These books will inspire you to organize, plot, re-plot, dream, and get yourself in that chair to write. So without further ado… Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg…

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5 Reasons to Watch Adaptations

by Connolly Bottum Upon hearing that the film or television rights for a book I love have been acquired, I always simultaneously feel excited and wary. Will the production company capture what I love about the story? Will they do it justice? Could they possibly help me realize new things about the book or will…

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#WritingChallenge: Write a “DARE”ing dialogue

  We’re celebrating the launch of Harlequin Dare this week at SYTYCW! Our boldest, sexiest romance series yet features fun, fearless heroines and the alpha heroes they crave. Your challenge this week: Write a short dialogue that shows us the push/pull between your powerful and equally matched hero and heroine. For this challenge, exposition and…

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How to Write a Daring Heroine

By: Katie Gowrie Welcome to Dare Week on SYTYCW! If you’ve been following, you know that this week we’re talking all things Harlequin Dare to introduce you to our newest and edgiest series yet! One of the series hooks we’re most excited about is the Dare heroine. Romance is continually changing to reflect a changing world,…

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#WritingChallenge: What’s your bad boy hero’s opening line?

Lately at So You Think You Can Write we’ve been all about bad boys and anti-heroes. Love him or hate him, the bad boy hero is a perennial favourite for romance readers. So this week’s writing challenge is short and sweet: Give us your bad boy hero’s opening line to the heroine. Sweet, sexy, funny,…

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Why: The Foundation of Your Story

by Katie Gowrie If you’ve thrown yourself into this year’s SYTYCW challenge and are determined to write your romance novel in 150 days , you’ll notice we’ve been posting a lot lately on conflict and characterization. Let’s talk about something that goes hand-in-hand with these two things. And I’m so excited about it, I’m going to…

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#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: Dig deeper into your characters

About eight weeks into Write Your Romance in 150 Days, you’re probably getting to know your characters very well. That’s good because romance readers (and editors) love a strong romantic conflict, and strong conflict comes from well-developed characters. (For more on characterization, read this great post by Superromance author Vicki Essex in our archive.) Let’s…

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Advice from the Archives: Good Pacing, Better than a Solid Pair of Spanx

Truth: Anything that is written has a pace. Just like anything in motion has a pace. And it is always being noticed and taken in—maybe not consciously, yet pacing is still ever-important in anything from an email to assembly instructions to a novel. With instructional types of writing, like how to assemble something, the steps…

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