#Writing Challenge: Give us your best opening sentence!

We’re a couple of weeks into the 150 Day Challenge and many of you are plotting out your romance novel and thinking about how to hook your reader with a captivating opening. So we decided to revisit a popular challenge from last year: Give us your best opening sentence! For tips on getting started and…

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Getting the Call: Meet Kim Findlay!

This week we welcome debut Harlequin Heartwarming author Kim Findlay, with her story on Getting the Call! I was sitting at my desk, doing my regular job, when I got an email from Victoria Curran asking for my phone number.  I’d submitted a revised manuscript from the Harlequin Heartwarming Submission Blitz about two months previously,…

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Top Five Reasons to Join an Online Writing Community

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue In the spirit of our announcement of this year’s contest here on the SYTYCW Blog, here are our top five reasons why you should join in the fun here–or anywhere on the great wide web! 1. Online comment sections and forums are full of fellow writers who…

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Romance 101: Secondary Characters

Harlequin insider Grace Thiele talks you through bringing those wonderful secondary characters to life! Bonjour, aspiring authors! It’s my pleasure to be returning to Romance 101 – and I’m so excited to be writing about the use of secondary characters! In short, this is any character aside from your hero and heroine. These feats of the imagination…

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Write a Book in 150 Days: Where to Start?

by Patience Bloom As you’ve read in Birgit Davis Todd’s motivating post, we want to encourage you to get going on that book you’ve always wanted to write. And if it’s for Harlequin, so much the better! We hope that you’ll check out this site for inspiration, guidance, and interaction with our editors. Where to…

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Write Your Romance in 150 Days!

By Senior Executive Editor Birgit Davis-Todd I’ve always been a numbers person.  For me breaking down a task by the number of hours or days needed to complete it helps me achieve my goal successfully.  You can take the same approach when writing a book.  Most authors need around five months—or 150 days!—to write a…

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Getting the Call: Meet Rebecca Hunter!

Meet one of Harlequin’s newest authors, for Harlequin’s newest line, the super-sexy Harlequin Dare! You know when you just get a feeling when you’re writing? A feeling that your book is kind-of writing itself, that it just… works? Well, I got that feeling about the book I wrote last fall, and I sold it to…

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My Secret Crush: Keanu Reeves

By Anonymous In the Harlequin office lurks a worshipper of Ted, Jack, Neo, Shane, Matt, Julian, and most recently John Wick. Over several decades, Keanu has shown us the depth needed in any romantic hero. He chills, he thinks, he studies chemical compounds, he builds houses, he chases Dracula, he crashes cars, and he confounds us…

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Advice from the Archives–Make Them Suffer: Why Conflict Is Necessary

This week, Susan Litman, Editor for Harlequin Special Edition, shows us why we should make our characters suffer! “They met. They fell in love. They lived happily ever after. The end.” Sounds…pleasant, doesn’t it? Nice…but not very exciting. When I see a pitch like this, I always ask the same question: “Where’s the beef?” In other…

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Top 5 Bridal Tropes to Make You Hear Wedding Bells

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue It’s June, which is still the luckiest month of the year to get married according to ancient Roman traditions. To get married in June was to receive the blessing of Juno, goddess of marriage and childbirth. Nowadays it’s more about great weather and floral selections, but summer…

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