Harlequin REFRESH Writing Challenge: Replace the cliche

On Tuesday we wrote about freshening your narrative voice by eliminating clichés. Easier said than done! Sometimes a cliché seems to express what you want to say perfectly. So how do replace the perfect words with more perfect ones? Here are some questions to ask yourself: What’s my character’s motivation?          …

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Harlequin REFRESH! Talking “voice” with A.C. Arthur

  Award-winning author A.C. Arthur graciously agreed to answer our questions about voice in romance writing! How did you know when you’d found your voice? For years after I became published I heard about an author’s “voice”. I had no clue what that meant. All I knew was that I had a story idea, so…

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Harlequin REFRESH! Banish stylistic cliches!

Do your sentences lack zing? Is your narrative voice stale? Tired of the same old phrases? You need… Harlequin REFRESH! This week, we’ll look at freshening your voice by eliminating stylistic clichés. Clichés are  writing shortcuts. Words, phrases and actions that have been used in romance fiction many times come to mind easily while writing,…

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Freshen your voice with Harlequin REFRESH!

Do you have New Year’s writing resolutions? Are you ready to freshen your voice? Want tips on writing with authenticity, originality and passion? Welcome to Harlequin REFRESH! on the So You Think You Can Write blog. Each week in January we’ll feature posts by editors and authors on the theme of voice in romance writing.…

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Happy Holidays from SYTYCW!

Hello loyal readers! Another year has come and gone, and what a year it’s been! We’ve so enjoyed bringing craft posts, author interviews, and writing challenges that we hope have been helpful and motivating as you continue on your writing journey. Your dedication to writing romance inspires us, so give yourself a pat on the…

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Getting the Call: Meet Margot Radcliffe!

As with most of life’s pivotal moments, I was wholly unprepared for The Call! I’d previously submitted to three Harlequin blitzes for different lines, including Dare, and made it as far as submitting a full manuscript and resubmitting that full manuscript with edits without getting an offer. So when I submitted another chapter to the…

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Top 10 Reasons to Write a Holiday Romance

Here’s a post by Kayla King, brought to you from our archives! I confess, I’m one of those people who starts listening to Christmas music in September, but now that we’re firmly in December I’m all too happy to lose myself in holly boughs and twinkle lights without a lick of guilt! And what’s the…

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Do You Love Love, Actually?

Ah, it’s that time of year again when love is in the air, Christmas is all around, preteens cover Mariah Carey and that guy from The Walking Dead declares his undying love for his best friend’s wife with what you either consider a grand romantic gesture or the behavior of a stalker in the movie,…

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Carina Press announces new LGBTQ+ romance line is open for submissions

Carina Press, Harlequin’s digital-first imprint for adult romance and mystery, is launching a new trope-driven LGBTQ+ contemporary romance line – Carina Adores. Carina Adores will offer highly romantic happily-ever-after stories of royalty falling in love, secret babies, marriages of convenience, friends-to-lovers, single parents and more featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual spectrum, pansexual, transgender, intersex, aromantic…

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Holiday Movies with Harlequin

Popcorn and cocoa at the ready? Here’s your official reminder to tune in to these heartfelt Christmas movies based on Harlequin books, three of which are airing this month! Christmas with a Prince November  27: Available at WalMart December 9: UP TV (7 p.m. EST); Super Channel Canada (8 p.m. EST) Pediatric specialist Tasha Miller…

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