Category: Writing Tips

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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Advice from the Archives: Creating Backstory

Today’s Advice from the Archives post, for Harlequin editor Grace Thiele, who offers tips on working backstory into your romance without the dreaded “Info-dump!” Harlequin editors are used to working out the use of backstory with authors. What they want is exciting on-page interaction between the hero and heroine and for that excitement to be focused…

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Romance Writing 101: Give Your Characters Conflict!

This week, we wanted to bring out one of our former colleagues Grace Thiele’s posts, one which gives you some excellent advice on how to intensify conflict! Perfect especially for those who are contemplating submitting to our #RomanceIncludesYou blitz! Good afternoon, turtle doves! Today I am feeling decidedly conflicted about London weather – relieved that it is…

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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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Make a Date with Desire: Jessica Lemmon Talks about Rejection

Rooting for Rejection by Jessica Lemmon No matter what stage of your writing career you’re in, no one likes to hear the word “no.” From newbies to seasoned, every author gets rejected on projects. As much as it stings, especially in the early stages, I encourage you to celebrate each and every “no” you hear.…

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Make a Date with Desire: Meet Desire Author Joanne Rock!

Written Consent: In this Q&A, Desire author Joanne Rock shares her tips on depicting power dynamics in love scenes. SYTYCW: You have written for different Harlequin series, including Blaze and most recently Desire. These are sexy books with lots of intimacy. Do you find particular challenges in depicting consensual relations? Joanne Rock: I am drawn…

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Romance Writing 101: Imagining your characters

To encourage your participation in our #RomanceIncludesYou blitz, we have a helpful, fun post by one of our former colleagues, Grace Thiele, who discusses the art of developing your characters! In her own words… Hello possums! There will be an eensy-weensy deviation from what I promised to write about a few weeks ago (I know, I should’ve…

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Make a Date with Desire: Meet Desire Author Charlene Sands!

USA TODAY bestselling author Charlene Sands shares her tips on writing a wealthy Western. In her own words… They say write what you know, so what does a city girl know about cowboys and ranches and horses?  Well, when I started out my love of the American West included both historical and modern day cowboys…

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#RomanceIncludesYou: Finding your romance voice

This post was previously published in a different version on So You Think You Can Write. We’re republishing here as part of our #RomanceIncludesYou initiative to introduce new authors to writing for Harlequin. Read on for tips from Senior Editor Patience Bloom on the sometimes elusive concept of “voice” in writing. A writer’s voice is…

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Make a Date with Desire: Writing the Desire Hero, Then and Now

USA TODAY bestselling author Katherine Garbera wrote her first book for Desire in 1997. More than twenty years later, she talks about how her heroes have evolved up until this month’s Craving His Best Friend’s Ex. In her own words… My first book came out in 1997 and the world has definitely changed since then.…

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