Category: Writing Inspiration

Top Five Reasons We Love Star-Crossed Lovers

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant to Harlequin Intrigue From Romeo and Juliet to Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter, there are a lot of reasons to love having our hearts torn apart by this timeless trope. 1. There are so many different scenarios in which this trope can occur. It’s been used across species in paranormal…

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Pitching for Newbies

by JC Harroway So you’ve finished your manuscript, you’ve bought your ticket to conference and now…. the dreaded pitching looms. Of course, it sounds daunting. It involves selling yourself and your story—something that doesn’t come naturally to many of us introverted writers—and it often leads to a dead end. Rejection Alley. The above scenario certainly…

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Top Five Reasons to Join an Online Writing Community

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue In the spirit of our announcement of this year’s contest here on the SYTYCW Blog, here are our top five reasons why you should join in the fun here–or anywhere on the great wide web! 1. Online comment sections and forums are full of fellow writers who…

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Romance 101: Secondary Characters

Harlequin insider Grace Thiele talks you through bringing those wonderful secondary characters to life! Bonjour, aspiring authors! It’s my pleasure to be returning to Romance 101 – and I’m so excited to be writing about the use of secondary characters! In short, this is any character aside from your hero and heroine. These feats of the imagination…

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Write a Book in 150 Days: Where to Start?

by Patience Bloom As you’ve read in Birgit Davis Todd’s motivating post, we want to encourage you to get going on that book you’ve always wanted to write. And if it’s for Harlequin, so much the better! We hope that you’ll check out this site for inspiration, guidance, and interaction with our editors. Where to…

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My Secret Crush: Keanu Reeves

By Anonymous In the Harlequin office lurks a worshipper of Ted, Jack, Neo, Shane, Matt, Julian, and most recently John Wick. Over several decades, Keanu has shown us the depth needed in any romantic hero. He chills, he thinks, he studies chemical compounds, he builds houses, he chases Dracula, he crashes cars, and he confounds us…

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Top 5 Bridal Tropes to Make You Hear Wedding Bells

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue It’s June, which is still the luckiest month of the year to get married according to ancient Roman traditions. To get married in June was to receive the blessing of Juno, goddess of marriage and childbirth. Nowadays it’s more about great weather and floral selections, but summer…

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Top 5 Reasons to Feature Food in Romance

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue Maybe the most straightforward list we’ve done to date. 1. Writing an international setting?  Make sure food is part of the focus.  Pasta making in Italy sounds like a true love story to me! 2.  Or maybe you’re writing something a little closer to home.  Tell us…

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Advice from the Archives: Why Networking Is Important

It is so easy to sit in front of your computer and create stories, isn’t it? For some of you, it might be just as easy to network. You could be the type that thrives in crowds, loves to meet people and gets the word out that you are a brilliant writer with a great…

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Top 5 Tips for Fairy Tale Retellings

By Kayla King, editorial assistant for Harlequin Nocturne I’ve always loved fairy tales, but it’s no secret that some of them haven’t exactly aged well. And while there are a lot of fairy tale retellings out there, some of them make the mistake of just running over the same old ground.  Here are my top…

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