Category: Writing Opportunities

Writing Challenge: Frenemies

by Deirdre McCluskey This week we’ve been talking about secondary characters. One of my favourite character types is the “frenemy”. Sometimes the frenemy is just an enemy that the main character must tolerate politely. But the frenemy role I enjoy is the irritating friend who creates friction in practically every scene. The friction might be…

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Romance Writing 101: Hooks and Themes

Another in our crash course series of instructive posts, this one by former colleague Grace Thiele, who revs up our enthusiasm with some info on hooks and themes… Hello, dearest authors! This week in an extremely wind-swept London, I’ll be writing about how to blow editors away with thrilling new takes on … bestselling themes…

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Let’s Talk about Plot

During our #RomanceIncludesYou blitz, we wanted to talk a little about plot and found this useful blog post from one of our past contributors. Here are some basics… What is a plot? Plot in its most basic form is a series of linked events that take place. It is the stuff that stories are made of.  Without it your…

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Make a Date with Desire: Partnering Up

Longtime critique partners USA TODAY bestselling author Cathy Mann and Joanne Rock met up at the RWA national conference in Denver to discuss how the arrangement has worked for them, particularly as their Desire stories have evolved with more complex subplots. Check out this adorable video!

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#RomanceIncludesYou: Submit to Harlequin!

Harlequin is the home of romance, and no matter your background or community, we want to hear 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. Whether you write an…

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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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