Category: Writing Inspiration

How a Harlequin Historical Author Would Have Ended Sanditon

I’d like to begin this post with a *SPOILER* warning. If you haven’t watched the final episode of Sanditon, read at your own risk. I’ll be honest. I watched the final episode of Sanditon four months… and I’m still not OK. I have SO MANY feelings. That ending! So, when I realised that the final…

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How to Write a Viking: Top Tips from the Sons of Sigurd Authors

It’s almost time! The first instalment in the Sons of Sigurd miniseries, Stolen by the Viking by Michelle Willingham, is on its way. And, with Falling for Her Viking Captive by Harper St. George, Conveniently Wed to the Viking by Michelle Styles, Redeeming Her Viking Warrior by Jenni Fletcher and Tempted by Her Viking Enemy…

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How Valentines Lead to Better Happily-Ever-Afters

by Evan Yeong Today is February 13th, also known as Valentine’s Eve (or at least that’s what I’m choosing to call it for the purposes of this blog post). Initially my mind had turned to spotlighting Galentine’s Day, defined by Parks and Recreation‘s Leslie Knope as a day “about celebrating lady-friends.” Then I remembered that this…

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What the Harlequin Historical Team Want

by Hannah Rossiter When you put the words ‘historical’ and ‘romance’ together, the first thing that usually springs to mind is Regency. But what if you’re interested in historical romance that isn’t set in the years between 1811 and 1820? And what if you are? Here at Harlequin we’re open and eager to publish an…

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Happy Holidays from SYTYCW

Another year is coming to an end — and with it the end of a decade! So You Think You Can Write has been proud to bring you writing tips and inspiration, author interviews and exciting call stories, and of course fun writing challenges! If you missed this October roundup of some of our best…

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Top 10 Reasons to Write a Holiday Romance

Here’s a post by Kayla King, brought to you from our archives! I confess, I’m one of those people who starts listening to Christmas music in September, but now that we’re firmly in December I’m all too happy to lose myself in holly boughs and twinkle lights without a lick of guilt! And what’s the…

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Dear Editor, I don’t know where to start my romance novel!

Every now and then, we like to revisit some of our classic blog posts, which are still helpful (we hope). From our Advice from the Archives… Dear Editor, I don’t know where to start my romance novel! Help! Leah Dear Leah, Never fear! You’re not alone in this quandary. Sometimes, a writer will pen several…

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New Season, New Chance to Write that Book!

By Katie Gowrie Summer’s winding down, and while dropping temperatures are a bummer, I’ll be gearing up for all the things September brings (read: going wild with the anticipation of fun cable knits, pumpkin spiced lattes, and stargazing—if you’re a Torontonian, September means annual celebrity invasion for the Toronto International Film Festival). A change in season…

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Let’s Talk about Plot

We wanted to talk a little about plot and found this useful blog post from one of our past contributors. Here are some basics… What is a plot? Plot in its most basic form is a series of linked events that take place. It is the stuff that stories are made of.  Without it your…

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