Editor Recommendations for Developing Your Craft

We editors have done much research on writing and have come up with this excellent list of craft related books for you to peruse. Don’t be intimidated! These books will inspire you to organize, plot, re-plot, dream, and get yourself in that chair to write. So without further ado… The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler On Writing…

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Dear Editor, The heroine of my story is annoying. Please help!

Dear Editor, The heroine of my story is annoying. She has a good job, she’s nice to others, but I don’t really like her. Please help! –Cynthia Dear Cynthia, The annoying heroine can be a difficult issue for the romance writer—and reader. Perhaps your heroine is too perfect or you don’t know her well enough.…

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Top Ten Reasons to Love the Bad Boy

This top ten list is off the desk of Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue and Harlequin Nocturne. What is it about the bad boy? Every time one shows up on the page my heart races and I just have to know more.  I don’t know about you, but it’s one of my favorite…

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Meet the #SYTYCWBlog Team!

You want to see who’s behind the tweeting and near-daily content on the So You Think You Can Write blog? Tada! It is our very great pleasure to introduce our SYTYCW blog team, the ones creating and managing the fabulous posts on this site. So without further ado… Patience Bloom is a senior editor for Harlequin in the New York…

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Advice from the Archives: How to Network like a Rock Star

by Emily Rodmell Writing can often be a lonely profession, just you and your computer. That’s why a support system is vital. Sometimes knowing the right people and having them know you can be helpful in your writing journey. How do you build that system? By networking. Here are some tips on whom you should…

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#WritingChallenge! Bring your scene to life with the five senses

By Deirdre Whether your romance is set in a dangerous, dust-choked rodeo or the luxury of a boutique hotel, your ability to vividly evoke the characters’ experience is essential for the reader to believe your hero and heroine are real people – and to care about what happens to them. One of the best ways…

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Getting the Call: Meet Angela Ruth Strong!

Harlequin is delighted to welcome author Angela Ruth Strong to the Love Inspired team. Here Angela shares her story about getting The Call! I entered two Harlequin Love Inspired contests before I won a contract. This wasn’t my first sale though. My debut novel, Love Finds You in Sun Valley, came out in 2010 with Summerside…

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Dear Editor: What makes a writer’s “voice” strong?

Dear Editor, What makes a writer’s “voice” strong? Editors are always saying that the voice is crucial. Why? –Anne Dear Anne, A writer’s voice is probably the most important element of the book (aside from the romance, of course). A reader could be underwhelmed by a premise but love the writer’s voice so much that…

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What Makes a Great Canadian Hero?

by Kris Fletcher There are just a few more weeks left to enter our Ooooh . . . Canada! Blitz. Today Harlequin Superromance author Kris Fletcher talks about what makes a Great Canadian Hero, well, great! The Ooooh…Canada! submission blitz has had a special place in my heart from the first I heard of it.…

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