Category: how to write romance

Research 101: Creating a Believable World

Head on over to the Harlequin Community June 18, 2015 between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. EST , where Harlequin series authors are discussing how they approach research and are ready and waiting to answer those burning questions you’ve been dying to ask! Want tips on research before you join our Community forum today? Read these…

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Author Challenge! Page One Critique: Results

Read on, and don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #sytycw. Results of our First Page Challenge are in! Our team of editors randomly selected five of your first pages – and one bonus first page! Here are their critiques! We enjoyed reading these openings and hope you’ll keep going…

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Character 101: Building Complex, Interesting, Memorable Characters

Read on, and don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #sytycw. At the heart of a great romance are characters we can relate to and fall in love with. Harlequin Superromance author Vicki Essex talks about writing diverse, memorable and fully realized characters. While writers talk about goal, motivation and…

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Harlequin 101: Which Series Is It, Anyway?

Read on, and don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #sytycw. So you want to write a romance novel! But just what kind of romance do you want to share with the world? Sweet or sexy, suspenseful or funny, paranormal, historical….the world of romance is a pretty big place. Just…

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Voice 101: Getting Some Perspective on First and Third Person

Read on, and don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #sytycw. What point of view should you choose for your romance novel? Carina Press Senior Editor Kerri Buckley offers tips on first person POV and Editorial Assistant Nicola Caws talks about third person narration, head-hopping and more. Getting Some Perspective on…

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Author Challenge: Submit your first page!

Read on, and don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #sytycw. Are you up for the challenge? From a great opening line to an intriguing character, snappy dialogue to an enticing setting, how will you get the editor to take notice, put down her coffee and clear her appointments for…

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Romance 101: Putting the Romance in Romance Novels

Read on, and don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #sytycw. Associate Editor Rachel Burkot talks about the necessary elements of a romance novel. For many, Harlequin is synonymous with “romance.” We talk a lot about the series promise, but what does that really mean? It’s the million dollar question:…

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SYTYCW: That’s a Wrap!

By Harlequin Senior Executive Editor Birgit Davis-Todd Did you attend our five day online conference? We hope you enjoyed the blogs, chats, writing challenges, photos and Twitter events, which can be revisited in the archives. You had a chance to meet and network with the talented editors from all three acquiring offices—New York, Toronto and…

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