Category: Writing Tips

Advice from the Stars: Christine Rimmer

Today’s words of wisdom on writing success are from the talented RITA 2016-nominated author Christine Rimmer! Christine Rimmer’s 2016 RITA nomination in the Contemporary Romance: Short category is Carter Bravo’s Christmas Bride

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Advice from the Stars: Carol J. Post

Today’s inspirational writing quote is from the lovely RITA 2016-nominated Carol J. Post – enjoy! Carol J. Post’s 2016 RITA nomination in the Inspirational Romance category is Mistletoe Justice

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Advice from the Stars: Brenda Novak

Today the amazing RITA 2016 nominee Brenda Novak offers her advice on writing your book! Brenda Novak’s 2016 RITA nomination in the Contemporary Romance: Long category is The Secret Sister

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Advice from the Stars: Sharon Ashwood

Welcome to the first post in our Advice from the Stars: RITA 2016 feature! To celebrate our RITA 2016-nominated authors, we’ve invited each of them to share their words of wisdom with you… Between now and the RWA we’ll be posting an inspirational quote about writing a day, courtesy of these amazingly talented authors. Here to kick us…

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Romance Writing 101: Starting with a bang!

This week, Harlequin insider Grace Thiele shares her top tips for grabbing a reader with your first line! One of my absolute favourite books, the incredibly romantic I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, begins with the immortal line: ‘I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.’ From the moment I first read it, I…

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Welcome to the Advice Swap!

Hi everyone, As we hope you all know, the goal of the SYTYCW Blog is to provide top-quality writing advice for romance authors. We have great contributions from authors and editors, but we’ve also been totally bowled over by some of the brilliant suggestions readers have posted in response to these editorial posts! So, we wanted to create…

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Romance Writing 101: Creating backstory

This week, Harlequin insider Grace talks you through imagining (and weaving in!) your characters’ backstories… Good morning aspiring writers! I’m fresh from a recent session of slush training – learning from editors how to pick through our submissions looking for our next great author – so I am brim-full of advice from the Harlequin office on…

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SYTYCW Announcement

After five fantastic years of Harlequin’s SYTYCW bootcamp and contest, we know full well how much aspiring authors love an opportunity to submit their work directly to a Harlequin editor with a guaranteed turnaround time. So, for 2016 we have decided to take a different approach! Regular followers of the SYTYCW blog will have noticed…

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