Category: Writing Opportunities

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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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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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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Writing Challenge: A Royal Proposal

The royal wedding is fast approaching, and some of us are gearing up for tea, scones and fascinators (and pyjamas if we’re in North America) to watch the festivities on May 19. So what better time than now for a royal romance challenge? In 2-5 paragraphs, give us your most romantic royal proposal: contemporary or…

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The Harlequin Dare Blitz: A Round-Up

The Harlequin Dare Blitz wrapped on Friday, and we’re still fanning ourselves from your steamy submissions! We think it’s safe to say this writing blitz was a success. We received over 150 submissions from around the globe, including all over Europe, Australia and North America, as well as from the far reaches of Mauritius, South…

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Dare Blitz Check-In

There are only a few days left of our Dare Blitz, and the heat is still on! If you’ve been reading our editor posts on the blog or joined one of our Editor Q&A’s, you know all about what we want to see in your proposals. So, polish those submissions and send them to us…

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How to Write an Alpha Hero

by Dana Grimaldi If you’ve been following the Dare Blitz, you already know how to write a Dare heroine. But what about the hero? Harlequin Dare is all about alpha males! And I’ve got some advice for creating the perfect alpha hero—someone so confident, complex and sexy that our editors will be fighting for the…

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Adding Emotion to Daring, Sexy Scenes

by Patience Bloom You may not think that emotion is crucial to a sex scene. There is the cliché that sometimes, “It’s just sex.” But is this really true? Think about it: two complex individuals coming together for this intimate act, which will be different from any other coupling. How is that “just sex?” In…

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