Category: writing challenge

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: 3… 2… 1…

by Evan Yeong I somehow waited a full ten days, an entire week and a half, into 2020 before releasing the first writing challenge of the year. After all, this is the decade where we’re all (yes, I’m including myself) taking steps to be the best writers we can be! And what better way to…

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Writing Challenge: Waiting Under the Tree

The last of the turkey leftovers are finally being finished off, and homeowners across the continent are throwing off the restraint that just barely kept their holiday home decorating in check. That’s right, it’s December and the most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner! Christmas, for those who celebrate it, is…

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Writing Challenge: Meet the Parents

(American) Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and the holiday is so much more than food. And a good thing, too, since our last writing challenge already focused on all the heat that can be generated in the kitchen. In switching gears from stuffing and pumpkin pie (my personal favourites), we decided to turn to…

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Writing Challenge: If You Can’t Stand the Heat…

It feels like only yesterday that we asked you all to conjure up a hero(ine) and their untold wealth. We were so taken aback by your responses that we couldn’t wait to serve up another writing challenge, and we’re eager to see just what you’re going to come up with! Everyone loves a romantic candlelit…

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Writing Challenge: Show Me the Money!

By some counts there are roughly two thousand billionaires in the world, and a surprising number end up as the heroes in our books! Long before Nick Young of Crazy Rich Asians fame we’ve been swept off our feet by dashing men with daunting net worths. What can we say? It’s easy to get caught…

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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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