Category: Writing Tips

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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Advice from the Archives: Writing an Effective Query Letter

So you think you can write? That’s great! But before an editor even lays eyes on your manuscript, she (or he!) needs to see your query letter. We’ve seen query letters run the gamut from perfectly professional to downright disastrous. Below, we’ve included some tips that will help make sure you’ve given your book the…

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#WritingChallenge: The Forced Proximity Romance

by Deirdre Earlier in the month we featured Top Tips for Writing a Forced Proximity Romance. As Harlequin Intrigue Editorial Assistant Kayla King said in her post, the forced proximity trope provides, “the perfect opportunity for lots of conflict and tension.”     One of the great things about the forced proximity trope is the…

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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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Advice from the Archives: Get in the Door: How to Submit to Harlequin

By Stephanie Doig The annual So You Think You Can Write program is a great way to get your manuscript in front of a team of editors, but we also accept submissions all year long. Here at Harlequin and Carina, we’re always looking for new authors to sign, publish and build. But we recognize that putting…

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#WritingChallenge: LISTEN to create stronger dialogue

By Deirdre Strong dialogue will draw readers into your book and catch an editor’s ear. There are a few things that make your dialogue stand out in the slush pile and feel fresh and contemporary: The dialogue sounds natural: The speech isn’t overly formal, and doesn’t read like a Wikipedia entry explaining the characters’ feelings.…

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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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Advice from the Archives: Second Book-itis: 5 Tips for Writing Your Second Book

Second book-itis: a painful and demoralizing syndrome common among authors who wish to produce a second book after their first success. Here’s how it works: After three years of writing, polishing and shopping around your prize manuscript, you finally get “the call” from an editor wanting to publish your book. Break out the Champagne, baby! …

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