Category: Writing Inspiration

Top 5 Reasons to Write a Smart and Savvy Heroine

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue There are a lot of strong heroines in the romance game these days, and in fact, romance as a genre has become known for subverting dated ideas of how ladies are meant to think and feel. But that doesn’t mean we’re ever done paving the way! 1.…

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Top Five Reasons We Love Second Chance Romance

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue This trope almost always chokes me up and makes me super sentimental.  What is it about second chances that make for such a sweet Happily Ever After?  I’ll try to break it down. 1. The mysterious shared history, and all the tension that comes with it.  What…

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Advice from the Archives: The Who 101: Creating Memorable Characters

If the clothes make the man, then characters make the story. If you don’t have fleshed-out, fully-realized, believable characters, you don’t have much of a book, no matter how earth-shatteringly great the prose may be. Just think of your favorite book from childhood or adolescence. Perhaps you were (still are) a great devourer of anything written by Jane…

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Getting the Call: Meet Pippa Roscoe!

Her name may be familiar to many of you. Now, we’re so thrilled to introduce Pippa Roscoe as an author for the Harlequin Presents team! Here is her Call story:  Nine months ago I was living in London, with the best job in the world. And it really was. I was an editor for Harlequin and there were…

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Top Five Reasons We Love Highlander Romance

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue Popular long before the fabulous Outlander series’ TV adaptation created a resurgence in the subgenre, Scottish Highlander romances have always been a staple of historical romance.  Let’s try to pin down some of that ineffable Scottish charm, shall we? 1. Major crossover appeal—I know a number of…

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Advice from the Archives–The First Draft: Just Scratching the Surface

You’ve completed a manuscript. Hooray! Bust out the champagne, pat yourself on the back, share the happy news with your best friend, parents, mailman, dog, fourth-grade teacher… Then get back to work. That’s right, back to work. Because you’re not actually finished. Not even close. Writing a book is hard enough, but there’s more to…

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Top Tips for Writing a Forced Proximity Romance

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue Just like enemies-to-lovers, I feel like I can’t get enough of this trope!  It’s the perfect opportunity for lots of conflict and tension.  See my top five tips below to spice things up during your next writing session. 1. Remember that it’s all about trust.  A huge point of…

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Top 10 Reasons to Write a (Non-Billionaire) City Romance

By Megan Broderick, editorial assistant to Harlequin Special Edition and Harlequin Romantic Suspense As the editorial assistant for Special Edition, I see a lot of amazing small town romances chock full of quirky characters, cute bakeries and, of course, eligible bachelors. But every once in a while, a girl gets a hankering for something a…

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Top 10 Reasons to Feature Pets in Romance

by Carly Silver, Assistant Editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense If you know me, you know I love pets. Dogs are (hu)man’s best friend; cats are loyal, if occasionally incomprehensible, companions; and who doesn’t love an unusual tale of a rabbit becoming a human’s BFF? Pets make great additions to romance novels, as well – but…

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Top Ten Reasons to (Still) Love Paranormal Romance

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant to Harlequin Intrigue and Harlequin Nocturne Discussions around paranormal romance tend to be a bit polarized—but while these may not be the glory days, I still find myself a staunch defender of this category. Whether you still think it’s hot or not, there’s a reason paranormal romance once took the…

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