Category: character motivation

Writing Challenge: The Black Moment

At So You Think You Can Write this week we talked about two elements of your novel, Character and Plot. But you can’t really separate these elements. Plot is driven by your characters’ actions and choices. And your characters’ motivations for their actions are what give the story its emotional heart. Everything comes together in…

Read More »


Let’s Talk About Black Panther and Characterization

By Katie Gowrie (WARNING: Mild spoilers ahead!) Like many people, I got swept up in the excitement of the Black Panther movie release last month. I love a good superhero flick (and Michael B. Jordan, obvs), so I eagerly anticipated visiting Wakanda. I didn’t go on opening weekend, which in Canada was February 16; I…

Read More »


#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…

Read More »


#WritingChallenge: Here Comes the Bride!

It’s June, and wedding season is upon us! Few things are more romantic and heartfelt than the perfect wedding day. But what happens when it’s not so perfect? Harlequin editor Karen Reid knows all about that:   “In the car on the way to the wedding, my dad and I (and my friend behind us…

Read More »


#WritingChallenge: April’s Day Off

by Deirdre Spring has arrived here in Toronto, and we couldn’t be happier. While we don’t have daffodils yet (Hello, London office! *waves*), Torontonians do like to take advantage of the spring weather. I was looking at a list of movies to watch in springtime, and one of the suggestions was “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”.…

Read More »


Weekend Writing Tips: Joanne Grant

Hi everyone, We really hope you’ve enjoyed all our Weekend Writing Tip videos so far! As of today, you can look out for these videos every other Friday – editorial food for thought to consider over the weekend 🙂 Today, we’ve got the UK’s lovely Senior Executive Editor Joanne Grant on to talk about the…

Read More »