Category: Writing Tips

Advice from the Archives: Top 5 Reasons Why Revising Benefits You

By Carly Silver, Assistant Editor, Harlequin Romantic Suspense What’s the point of going over your novel again? After all, you worked so hard on it that it’s got to be perfect, right? Wrong! In fact, revising a manuscript absolutely essential to its success. Editors often ask their authors to retool their books many times. I…

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10 Things You Only Know If You’re a Romance Editor

Working in the romance fiction industry requires some very specialist skills. Read on for the Harlequin editors’ top 10 list! Our internet search histories are not for the fainthearted (or children). It can be weird when the author uses your name for the heroine…especially when things get steamy! Apparently, editing romance doesn’t qualify us as…

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Advice from the Archives: Your Romance Writing Checklist

By Patience Bloom Before you celebrate with some chocolate cake and chilled wine, you have a romance novel to complete. Have you mastered the basics? Here are ten items for you to check before you submit your manuscript to a publisher: Are your characters complex and interesting? We editors have seen it all. What we…

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150 Days of Writing Romance: Achieved!

Dear Writers, The time has come! This week marks 150 days since we proposed a stretch of time for you to focus on writing your romance novel. Did it go fast or slow for you? We have so enjoyed interacting with you and hope we provided good information and inspiration for you to keep writing.…

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Advice from the Archives: How to Network like a Rock Star

by Emily Rodmell Writing can often be a lonely profession, just you and your computer. That’s why a support system is vital. Sometimes knowing the right people and having them know you can be helpful in your writing journey. How do you build that system? By networking. Here are some tips on whom you should…

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Turning Up the Heat: The Key to Red-Hot Romance

By: Katie Gowrie & the Harlequin Dare Team Is opening the bedroom door on your hero and heroine the biggest challenge of writing a romance novel? Quite possibly. The romance writing community will have answers to this that run the gamut of opinions. Some might say writing sex scenes is tons of fun and totally…

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Writing a Lovable Antihero

by Katie Gowrie Everyone loves a bad boy. Or maybe I should say—everyone loves a good bad boy. The guy that lives dangerously but knows how to reign it in at the right time. This month for SYTYCW150, we’re talking about sensuality, and turning up the heat is certainly fun when your hero has an…

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Write Your Romance in 150 Days Check-in: Ask the Editors

If you’re participating in our Write Your Romance in 150 Days challenge, you’re over halfway to the finish line. Congratulations! It takes determination, discipline and hard work to complete a novel. Now’s the perfect time to give yourself a pat on the back. Celebrate your progress with a glass of champagne or your favourite chocolate…

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Advice from the Archives: How to Keep the Romance in Your Sex Scenes

Do you like the steamy bits best? Sex is an important part of relationships and many romance novels. But writing compelling sex scenes that move the plot forward is not as easy as it seems. Sex scenes can include some of the most poignant, meaningful moments in a story, or they can make us shudder…and…

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