Category: Archive

Writing Challenge: What’s at stake?

In our blog post on Crafting Strong Openings, one of our tips was to establish the stakes for one of your characters in a provocative opening line with the “tell-all” method. Our example was: “He needed a pregnant woman – and fast.” This example is succinct, amusing, and intriguing! It establishes the hero’s goal, but…

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Romance 101: Starting with a bang!

From our Advice from the Archives and in tune with crafting exciting beginnings to your romances, our former SYTYCW team-mate Grace Thiele shares her top tips for grabbing a reader with your first line! One of my absolute favourite books, the incredibly romantic I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, begins with the immortal line:…

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Crafting Strong Openings

This is from our Advice from the Archives treasure trove, written in January 1993 by Anne Canadeo and Mary-Theresa Hussey and addressed to editors (but very helpful for writers). As we encourage you to submit to our #RomanceIncludesYou Blitz, we want to bring you helpful tips and encouragement. So let’s start at the very beginning and guide…

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Are You Making a Conference Checklist?

The truth is, I don’t make one list; I make at least three before going out my front door. Along with many, I’m attending a special conference next week in Denver. You can bet I’m making all kinds of preparations, the first of which is reminding myself what the conference experience usually involves. A few truths…

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#RomanceIncludesYou Reminder

Just as a reminder, we are holding a Twitter event on Wednesday 11th July, 2pm-5pm BST/ 9am-12pm EST. This will be a chance to speak directly with Harlequin editors from across all the romance series we publish around the world, and to pitch us your story ideas! All you need to do is include the…

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Which Series Are You? Part 2

If you’re interested in submitting to Harlequin as part of our #RomanceIncludesYou initiative, one of the first questions you might be asking yourself is…which romance series is my voice right for? We publish twelve different series, with 4-8 books per month within each individual series. Yesterday, we gave you a snapshot of six of our…

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Which Series Are You? Part 1

If you’re interested in submitting to Harlequin as part of our #RomanceIncludesYou initiative, one of the first questions you might be asking yourself is…which romance series is my voice right for? We publish twelve different series, with 4-8 books per month within each individual series. To help you make that all-important decision, below is a…

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#RomanceIncludesYou

  Harlequin/Mills & Boon is the home of romance, and no matter your background or community, we want to read your love stories! If you’re a writer from a community you feel is under-represented when you browse the bookshelves for romance, and think you could write for us, we want to hear from you. We’re…

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Three Reasons to Love Vacation Romances

By Katie Gowrie It’s officially summer! And we at SYTYCW are more than happy to invite the warm-weather season back into our lives. With long weekends and sunny months ahead, many of us are gearing up to go on vacation. This is the perfect time of year to reach for that romance that seems written…

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Writing Challenge: Create tension in your scene

This week at So You Think You Can Write we’ve been talking about how to include exposition and backstory in your book without bringing the story to a shuddering halt. But how much backstory and explanation are needed, anyway? Withholding information is an effective way to create tension – for the characters and the reader.…

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