Advice from the Archives: Creating Backstory

On Monday Katie Gowrie gave us 5 Tips for Effortless Exposition. Today’s Advice from the Archives post from Grace Thiele offers tips on working backstory into your romance without the dreaded “Info-dump!” Harlequin editors are used to working out the use of backstory with authors. What they want is exciting on-page interaction between the hero…

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Five Tips for Effortless Exposition

By Katie Gowrie For any writer, exposition is an important aspect of what makes up their story. To be specific, exposition is simply the facts. All those details about setting, characterization and the situation. This is important info that sets up the story and tells the reader what they need to know. As Robert McKee…

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Interview with…Lena Diaz!

We’re thrilled to have Harlequin Intrigue author Lena Diaz joining us. Read on as she gives us the scoop on her writing process and her advice for aspiring authors! How did you get into writing? I blame my husband. He knew I enjoyed creative writing and that I toyed with the idea of writing a…

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Writing Romance and #MeToo: 5 tips for authors

by Deirdre McCluskey, Administrative Coordinator, Harlequin Series Romance readers, writers and editors have been talking a lot lately about power dynamics in romance fiction in the age of #MeToo. Authors want to create a world of fantasy and escape, while depicting romantic relationships that are healthy, equitable and aspirational. In a recent article in the…

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Romantic Settings in Movies!

If you need some inspiration for where you set your book, take a visual tour of some of the most beautiful places in the world via film. No passports needed! Under the Tuscan Sun (Italy) How Stella Got Her Groove Back… (Jamaica) Eat Pray Love (Italy, India, Bali) P.S. I Love You (Ireland) The Big…

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5 Reasons Why You Need a Setting

by Patience Bloom When you are writing a romance, it can be easy to forget about setting. Your hero and heroine are wrapped up in a love cocoon, grappling with their conflicts. Classic romance hooks abound with a baby, maybe a cowboy, a wedding, a stuck-in-an-elevator night of passion, a pregnancy, a misunderstanding, and at…

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Writing Challenge: Welcome to our town!

  by Deirdre McCluskey, Administrative Coordinator, Harlequin Series     One of the most appealing settings for Harlequin romance readers is the small town. Whether it’s a western ranching community, a New England hamlet or a coastal resort town, there’s plenty of opportunity for evocative descriptions and quirky characters. And showing your hero and heroine…

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Spot the Conflict in Romance Movies

Last week on the blog we talked about conflict. We pulled a post from our archives to review the ins and outs of internal and external conflicts, along with the top three pitfalls we see in romance submissions. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to check out this post! But don’t stop there, why…

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Harlequin Editors Know Conflicts!

Not the in-the-office stuff, of course, but how to spot a great one for a novel. Here are three tips… The Lowdown on Emotional Conflicts During our combined time at Harlequin, there’s one term we might have heard more than any other when we’ve assessed manuscripts, and that is “Emotional Conflict.” Besides searching for those fresh…

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