Category: Harlequin

Writing Challenge: Set Them Up

By Deirdre McCluskey, Administrative Coordinator, Harlequin Series My favourite romantic comedy of 2018, bar none, was the Netflix movie, Set It Up. It’s clever, funny, sweet and romantic, and the chemistry between leads Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell is absolutely wonderful. If you haven’t watched Set It Up (and even if you have), I urge…

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Harlequin Refresh: Romance plot cliches

Harlequin editors read a lot of romance books. Sometimes a scene idea or plot twist that seems fresh to a new author is actually one we’ve read many times. And that’s not surprising. When starting a new creative venture, it’s natural to emulate artists whom you admire, including aspects of their “voice” – word choice,…

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Harlequin REFRESH: Character cliches

Character clichés. Archetypes. Stock characters. We encounter them in every genre—the mad scientist, the femme fatale, the high school jock, that geek with acne. There are millions of stories out in the world today, so of course we’re going to encounter similar people from time to time. One thing is certain, though: a reader needs…

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Harlequin REFRESH Writing Challenge: Replace the cliche

On Tuesday we wrote about freshening your narrative voice by eliminating clichés. Easier said than done! Sometimes a cliché seems to express what you want to say perfectly. So how do replace the perfect words with more perfect ones? Here are some questions to ask yourself: What’s my character’s motivation?          …

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Harlequin REFRESH! Banish stylistic cliches!

Do your sentences lack zing? Is your narrative voice stale? Tired of the same old phrases? You need… Harlequin REFRESH! This week, we’ll look at freshening your voice by eliminating stylistic clichés. Clichés are  writing shortcuts. Words, phrases and actions that have been used in romance fiction many times come to mind easily while writing,…

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Top 10 Reasons to Write a Holiday Romance

Here’s a post by Kayla King, brought to you from our archives! I confess, I’m one of those people who starts listening to Christmas music in September, but now that we’re firmly in December I’m all too happy to lose myself in holly boughs and twinkle lights without a lick of guilt! And what’s the…

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Holiday Movies with Harlequin

Popcorn and cocoa at the ready? Here’s your official reminder to tune in to these heartfelt Christmas movies based on Harlequin books, three of which are airing this month! Christmas with a Prince November  27: Available at WalMart December 9: UP TV (7 p.m. EST); Super Channel Canada (8 p.m. EST) Pediatric specialist Tasha Miller…

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Holiday Movies with Harlequin

Get your popcorn and cocoa ready – Harlequin Holiday movies are coming to your screen this month! Christmas with a View November 1:  Netflix Global (excluding Canada, UK, France) November 17: Super Channel Canada (8 p.m. EST) This Christmas Thunder Mountain Ski Resort is abuzz when new celebrity chef Shane Roarke is named the new…

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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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Writing Challenge: The Inciting Moment

by Deirdre McCluskey On Wednesday we published a Harlequin Romance Glossary, with terms editors use when talking about romance novels. (If you haven’t read it yet, check it out.) One definition you might not have heard frequently is the inciting moment: “The scene or situation that throws your hero and heroine together and gets those…

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