Category: writing challenge

Writing Challenge: I Want to Get Away

by Evan Yeong All entertainment provides some form of escapism, but fans of romance know this far better than most. There’s nothing quite like curling up with a Harlequin paperback and forgetting the world, if only for a few moments. In times like these, that feels more necessary than it’s ever been. I read through…

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Answering Your Writing Challenge Questions!

by Evan Yeong I’ve been meaning to provide a little more insight surrounding the Writing Challenges that so many of you have gleefully elected to participate in, but felt like including my thoughts alongside a prompt would lessen their impact (or have them be overlooked altogether). That said, here are a few answers to questions…

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Writing Challenge: Culture Clash

by Evan Yeong Those of you who tuned in two days ago know that five Harlequin Historical authors took time off from promoting and writing their impending Sons of Sigurd miniseries and shared a little bit about what draws them to the Viking genre. There was a broad range of different reasons, from the era…

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Writing Challenge: Time After Time

by Evan Yeong Nowadays when we think of Historical Romance the first images that spring to mind are likely beleaguered estates, empire waist dresses, and other such hallmarks of the Regency Era. That may or may not be directly attributed to the film and TV adaptations of Pride and Prejudice that have been released roughly…

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Writing Challenge: Hey Mr. DJ, Put a Record On

by Evan Yeong Writing this on a Tuesday, it’s hard not to have The Bachelor on the mind. That’s fortunate, however, as it’s the perfect show to emphasize the effect that musical ability can have on a relationship. Take, for example, Jed Wyatt, who “won” (see: beat out the 32 other contestants) Season 15 of The…

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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…

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Writing Challenge: What’s your heroine’s opening line?

If you’ve been reading our blog lately, you know we’ve been talking about strong openings and active heroines. It’s been a while since we’ve had a one-line challenge. Our last one highlighted bad boy heroes, and your opening lines were fantastic! Our challenge this week:  What’s your active heroine’s opening line? She can be speaking…

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Writing Challenge: Set the scene

“Setting can be another character. And just as with cardboard characters, a lack of setting will leave a story feeling one-dimensional.” – Patience Bloom, Senior Editor If you’ve been with us all week, you know that we’ve been talking about the importance of creating a vivid setting for your romance. Ready to give it a…

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Writing Challenge: Girl Meets Boy Meets Dog

This week at So You Think You Can Write we’ve been talking about romantic comedy. As DARE author Rebecca Hunter wrote on Wednesday, “Right now, there are a lot of things going on in the world that can make us feel overwhelmed. Sometimes we need a break. We all need a place to go to…

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Writing Challenge: Create an Intriguing Heroine

“Consider what makes a person so fascinating. Who captures your interest in a powerful way?” – Senior Editor Patience Bloom, How to Spot Problem Areas in Your Story When we think about the people who fascinate us, it’s their unique qualities that make them alluring. But sometimes we create cliched characters even as we try…

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