Category: Writing Tips

How to Avoid Info-Dumping Your Awesome Research

by Katie Gowrie I’ve always thought one of the best things about reading a Harlequin romance is the cool facts you pick up along the way. Action, emotion, the chance to learn something new—all tied up with that feel-good HEA. We editors love a story that’s cradled by good research, be it settings, careers and…

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Advice from the Archives: The Unpredictable Route to Happy Ever After

By Flo Nicoll, Senior Editor, Harlequin Presents and Dare In Romance HQ, unpredictability has become \\the\\ buzzword – we’re constantly discussing and promoting ways to ensure our authors are producing the most exciting stories possible. Our long-term emphasis on innovative emotional conflict means this has been on our editorial radar for a while. So, here’s the lowdown……

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Happy New Year from SYTYCW!

by Patience Bloom We hope you had marvelous holidays and are ready to write some page-turning love stories this year. Doesn’t the world need a whole lot more HEA? I think so! To rev up your creative engines, let me offer a few good tips to get those ideas sparking and those pens (keyboards) flowing.…

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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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