Category: Writers Workshop

Romance 102: Sexy, Sensual or Sweet?

Senior Editor Kathleen Scheibling has advice on writing romance at different heat levels and targeting the right Harlequin series for you.  Sex doesn’t matter. There, I said it. I better clarify something before we move forward. (Especially as the Senior Editor of Blaze, our sexiest line.) Ok, ok, sex matters. But if you are thinking of…

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Plot 102: Romance Tropes: Fab or Drab?

How can you employ the tried-and-true hooks without becoming cliche? Editorial Assistant Tahra Seplowin offers advice.   Ask a category romance lover what her favorite tropes and hooks are, and she might tell you she loves stories involving secret babies or enemies-to-lovers. Think reunion romances. Girl next door. Virginal heroine. Alpha hero. Marriage of convenience.…

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Research 101: Creating a Believable World

Head on over to the Harlequin Community June 18, 2015 between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. EST , where Harlequin series authors are discussing how they approach research and are ready and waiting to answer those burning questions you’ve been dying to ask! Want tips on research before you join our Community forum today? Read these…

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Character 101: Building Complex, Interesting, Memorable Characters

  Read on, and don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #sytycw. At the heart of a great romance are characters we can relate to and fall in love with. Harlequin Superromance author Vicki Essex talks about writing diverse, memorable and fully realized characters. While writers talk about goal, motivation…

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Voice 101: Getting Some Perspective on First and Third Person

Read on, and don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #sytycw. What point of view should you choose for your romance novel? Carina Press Senior Editor Kerri Buckley offers tips on first person POV and Editorial Assistant Nicola Caws talks about third person narration, head-hopping and more. Getting Some Perspective on…

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Plot 101: Let’s Talk About Plot

Read on, and don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #sytycw. How do you give your romance novel intensity and keep the reader turning the pages? Editorial Assistant Farah Chowdhury breaks down the basics of plot. What is a plot? Plot in its most basic form is a series of…

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Romance 101: Putting the Romance in Romance Novels

Read on, and don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #sytycw. Associate Editor Rachel Burkot talks about the necessary elements of a romance novel. For many, Harlequin is synonymous with “romance.” We talk a lot about the series promise, but what does that really mean? It’s the million dollar question:…

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The Revision Letter: Why and How to Follow it to a T

By Associate Editor Rachel Burkot Hey authors, I have a secret for you! The magical way to firmly entrench yourself in the coveted position of an editor's good graces. Ready to hear it? It's simple—just follow a revision letter to a T, and we will love you forever! Now I know what you're thinking: I…

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In Your Corner: Meet the Team of Experts Who Want Your Book to Succeed

by Dana Grimaldi @DanaGrimaldi, Assistant Editor/Editorial Assistant, Harlequin Heartwarming When Vicki Essex sat down to write her first book, Her Son's Hero, she was alone. Sure, Smartikus the cat was providing moral support, but Vicki was writing the way everyone writes, by herself, with her imagination and determination the driving force behind getting her story…

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Critique Partners: Working a Two-Way Street

By Patience Bloom, Senior Editor We editors often hear about writers getting feedback from their critique partners. Generally, we love that this relationship exists because writing needs critiquing. The "just finished" manuscript isn't at the stage where we step in (unless it's pure genius—and then, even we would be jealous). Sure, some people write books,…

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