Category: how to write a romance

Sex on the Page: How to keep the romance in your sex scenes

By Laura Barth, Associate Editor, Harlequin Blaze and American Romance Do you like the steamy bits best? Sex is an important part of relationships and many romance novels. But writing compelling sex scenes that move the plot forward is not as easy as it seems. Sex scenes can include some of the most poignant, meaningful…

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Romantic Endings: Happy For Now or Happily Ever After?

By Karen Reid, Associate Editor, Harlequin Superromance We all want a happy ending in a romance story—or as I prefer to say, a happy beginning! But when do you end with a Happily Ever After (HEA) and when do you go with a Happily For Now (HFN)? My quick answer is that it all depends…

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Keeping Pace: Plot your romance with excitement and tension

By Rachel Burkot, Associate Editor, Harlequin Kimani Spanx—and pacing—can fix a saggy middle! If you were setting up a bookshelf using assembly instructions, but around the middle the directions lost focus and became unclear, perhaps even steered you away from your mission of getting the shelf slapped together, then that’s not very helpful, is it?…

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Romance 102: Sexy, Sensual or Sweet?

Senior Editor Kathleen Scheibling has advice on writing romance at different heat levels and targeting the right Harlequin series for you.  Sex doesn’t matter. There, I said it. I better clarify something before we move forward. (Especially as the Senior Editor of Blaze, our sexiest line.) Ok, ok, sex matters. But if you are thinking of…

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Plot 102: Romance Tropes: Fab or Drab?

How can you employ the tried-and-true hooks without becoming cliche? Editorial Assistant Tahra Seplowin offers advice.   Ask a category romance lover what her favorite tropes and hooks are, and she might tell you she loves stories involving secret babies or enemies-to-lovers. Think reunion romances. Girl next door. Virginal heroine. Alpha hero. Marriage of convenience.…

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