Category: Conflict

We’ve got a #WritingChallenge for you!

We were blown away by the incredible response to our first #WritingChallenge – the imagination and variety of the motivations people put forward was breath-taking! It was so exciting to see that we’ve been counting down the days until this next challenge. And we’ve come up with a classic for you, if we do say so…

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Advice from the Archives: Beefing Up Black Moments

We’re back this week with some more stellar advice from our archives! This handy post comes from the ‘Behind the Scenes’ blog series and is just as important today as it was in 2011. Enjoy! 🙂 Romance HQ can be a pretty perky place but rest assured that whilst we love a happy ending, there’s…

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We’ve got a #WritingChallenge for you!

Offering writing advice is one thing, but everyone knows that putting it into practice is a whole different ballgame. So, we are so excited to introduce our new #WritingChallenge feature on SOLD! Creating convincing, interesting and powerful emotional motivations is the key to writing a successful romance. We know a lot of you will currently…

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Advice From The Archives: Don’t Let The Plot Get In The Way Of The Story

Welcome to the first in our new monthly Advice From The Archives column! This is where you’ll be able to find timeless advice from the Harlequin editors on how to write the perfect romance. This blog dates from the 2010 New Voices competition that Harlequin UK ran – so please forgive all the British-isms! It’s a long one, but it’s a…

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Good Pacing: Better Than a Solid Pair of Spanx

by Rachel Burkot, Associate Editor Truth: Anything that is written has a pace. Just like anything in motion has a pace. And it is always being noticed and taken in—maybe not consciously, yet pacing is still ever-important in anything from an email to assembly instructions to a novel. With instructional types of writing, like how…

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It’s Just a Big Misunderstanding…

By Laurie Johnson, Assistant Editor, Harlequin Medical Romance Avoiding the pitfalls of contrivance, coincidence and misunderstandings in a story usually comes down to the characters’ conflicts – how internal or external they are – and development. If the premise of a story is contrived, a reader may find it hard to believe in the characters…

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