Posts Tagged ‘writing romance’

Harlequin hosts SYTYCW week!

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Does your imagination run wild with vivid characters? Have you ever dreamed of becoming a USA TODAY bestselling author? Well, our editors want to make those dreams come true. We are hungry to find talented new writers for Harlequin Books. Through podcasts, blogs, and discussions with our expert editors and current authors, we’re going to help you understand the appeal of the romance genre. And there’s a special daily challenge with feedback that will give some great insights into crafting the perfect story. So for the next week, come by to hone your skills and get started on the path to publication. So you think you can write? Here’s your chance to show us!

Nov 1 Nov 2 Nov 3 Nov 4 Nov 5
Why Write a Romance Novel? Starting Your Book Submitting Your Book Revising Your Book Making the Sale
9am Kick-off welcome on the Harlequin Blog and a special hello from all our offices! First Chapters The Editor’s Perspective Stories for the Soul
10am Why Write Romance? Succeeding as a Romance Writer Harlequin Ed Critique Challenge 1 Results Harlequin Ed Critique Challenge 2 Results Fiction Can Be Murder… Harlequin Ed Critique Challenge 3 Results Harlequin Ed Critique Challenge 4 Results Sales from the Past Year
11am Harlequin Editorial Critique Challenge 1 Announcement Harlequin Editorial Critique Challenge 2 Announcement Harlequin Editorial Critique Challenge 3 Announcement Harlequin Editorial Critique Challenge 4 Announcement Harlequin Editorial Critique Challenge 5 Announcement
12pm 200 Books and Counting Choosing Character Names Just What the Doctor Ordered Multicultural Writing the Word on the Street
1pm The Harlequin What’s My First Line Challenge The Best Sex I Ever Had…I Wrote Mailing it Off Writing Visual-If When Harry Met Sally Was a Book Harlequin Has the World Covered
2pm USA TODAY List Here I Come! Counterpoint to Sexy Yes, you should have margins! Paranormal Plots You Can Sink Your Teeth Into It’s a Family Affair
3pm How I Became a Romance Writer What Editors Look For What’s the Difference? Mainstream vs Category The Last Word
4pm Book of Your Heart vs Book You Sell The “Aha” Moment – The End of Predictability in Romance Writing Books on Writing
All Day Writing Around the World What’s Your Routine? Meet 50+ Editors Who Want to Buy Your Book! Change is Good: Why Revisions are Necessary Questions

Find out more at: http://harlequinblog.com/so-you-think-you-can-write/

FREE Writing Workshop: Tension by Kris Kennedy

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

I’ve been reading this month’s free workshop, hosted on Romance Divas, Tension by historical romance author Kris Kennedy. Great stuff!

Her intro:

I am so excited to talk about tension, because I think it’s at the heart of page-turning, bestselling, gripping stories that we can’t set down. We won’t be able to talk about all the different aspects that will affect tension in our week together,, but we’ll talk about three of the awesome basics, that can really get you started.

1) Story Questions On Every Page
2) Irrevocability
3) I Mean, Really, What’s The Worst That Can Happen?

Read the entire workshop free on www.romancedivas.com. You must register for the forums, but there is no cost to join. Enjoy!