Category: Writing Tips

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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Advice from the Archives: Bringing Scenes to Life

Today’s archived post is from Harlequin Refresh, a blog series we ran last January featuring our best advice on freshening up your writing! By Patience Bloom Once you’ve reached the end of your first (or twelfth) draft, you might think you’re ready to submit your fabulous romance novel. But are you? And how do you…

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What’s Your Writing Soundtrack (And Should You Even Have One)?

by Evan Yeong The first time I can remember thinking about music and its relationship with writing was when I finished Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson (the sequel to her award-winning Speak). In the acknowledgements she included bands like Incubus, Staind, and Linkin Park, as well as composers like Beethoven and singer-songwriters like Tori Amos. As a…

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Advice from the Archives: Keep It Fresh!

by Johanna Raisanen, Editor (from a 2014 post on this blog) So you’ve written a secret-baby story and you’re debating submitting to us. Well, you should! But perhaps you’ve been told that secret-baby stories are so cliché! I recently read an article about “the worst romance-novel clichés,” where the author lists a lot of tropes…

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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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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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Top 10 Tips for Worldbuilding

by Vicki Essex If you read our post on Tuesday, you know that this week on the blog, we’re joined by Superromance author Vicki Essex, who also writes fantasy Westerns as V.S. McGrath. Here are Vicki’s top ten tips for successful worldbuilding! Start by describing the general premise of this world in one sentence. Describe…

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Worldbuilding 101

by Vicki Essex One of the most fun and challenging things about writing fiction is worldbuilding. Worldbuilding is the process of creating a fictional world or universe. Whether you’re writing a fantasy world  filled with magic and feudal lords, a paranormal romance with a secret society of werewolves and vampires, or a sweet romance set…

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10 Romance Clichés: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?

by Patience Bloom, adapted from her blog Every genre has its clichés and I sort of love them because they can be like chicken soup or The Brady Bunch, i.e. comforting old friends. At the same time, when you’re a voracious reader, these clichés get tired and seem like a quick exit. Here are some offenses…

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