Category: Writing Tips

Advice from the Archives: How to Spot Problem Areas in Your Story

By Patience Bloom (from her blog) It happens to every romance writer. You have a polished piece of work in front of you, but you feel something isn’t quite right. Maybe you should go over it one more time. Maybe the editor will love it even though you kind of don’t. Does love matter if…

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How to Write an Alpha Hero

by Dana Grimaldi If you’ve been following the Dare Blitz, you already know how to write a Dare heroine. But what about the hero? Harlequin Dare is all about alpha males! And I’ve got some advice for creating the perfect alpha hero—someone so confident, complex and sexy that our editors will be fighting for the…

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Adding Emotion to Daring, Sexy Scenes

by Patience Bloom You may not think that emotion is crucial to a sex scene. There is the cliché that sometimes, “It’s just sex.” But is this really true? Think about it: two complex individuals coming together for this intimate act, which will be different from any other coupling. How is that “just sex?” In…

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Interview with…Katee Robert!

We’re thrilled to have Harlequin Dare author Katee Robert joining us. Her Dare debut, Make Me Want, released last month. Read on as this New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author gives us the scoop on herself, her steamy editorial, and her take on Dare hooks and her latest books! Tell us about yourself!…

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Writing challenge: Let’s use the five senses!

By Deirdre McCluskey, Administrative Coordinator, Harlequin Series Many of you are preparing your submission for the Harlequin Dare Blitz which opens next Monday. Harlequin Dare is our sexiest series, featuring stories that focus on how the romance develops through the couple’s physical relationship. As we said in our post, “The Key to Writing Red-Hot Romance”,…

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Advice from the Archives: How to Write a Daring Heroine

We didn’t have to go back too far to bring you this one—but for all you submitting to the Dare Blitz, this is recommended reading! By Katie Gowrie Welcome to Dare Week on SYTYCW! If you’ve been following, you know that this week we’re talking all things Harlequin Dare to introduce you to our newest…

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Advice from the Archives: The Key to Writing Red-Hot Romance

We’ve reached into our archives to bring you SYTYCW’s top tips on writing sensual scenes. Thinking of submitting to the Dare blitz? Read on for a refresher on turning up the heat in your romance! Is opening the bedroom door on your hero and heroine the biggest challenge of writing a romance novel? Quite possibly.…

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Top 10 Reasons Why We Reject a Project

By Patience Bloom Do you live in fear of the rejection letter? Maybe you’ve received a few and spend days trying to decipher the strange editor language. Just between us, we don’t really like writing these letters. In fact, we’d rather be buying new authors and showing off your amazing stories! But to be helpful,…

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Advice from the Archives: Keep It Fresh!

by Johanna Raisanen, Editor So you’ve written a secret-baby story and you’re debating submitting to us. Well, you should! But perhaps you’ve been told that secret-baby stories are so cliché! I recently read an article about “the worst romance-novel clichés,” where the author lists a lot of tropes found in romance and explains why she…

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Five Tips for Writing an Office Romance

By Katie Gowrie Harlequin headquarters is moving! That’s right, we’ve packed our bags and closed the door on one legendary office building (we’ve been there since the ’80s!). We’ve left our cozy spot in the northern end of Toronto for a trendy new space in the heart of downtown—the land of expensive coffees, bankers, pumps…

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