Category: patience bloom

The Black Moment: How to raise the romantic stakes before the HEA

By Patience Bloom, Senior Editor, Harlequin Romantic Suspense What is a black moment? In a romance novel, the black moment occurs when the hero and heroine lose all hope in love. Their lives might be in danger, too, or another crisis might wrench them apart. But the main issue is that their happily-ever-after may not…

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#RomanceIncludesYou: Finding your romance voice

This post was previously published in a different version on So You Think You Can Write. We’re republishing here as part of our #RomanceIncludesYou initiative to introduce new authors to writing for Harlequin. Read on for tips from Senior Editor Patience Bloom on the sometimes elusive concept of “voice” in writing. A writer’s voice is…

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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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Write a Book in 150 Days: Sensuality Check-In

by Patience Bloom We hope you have been motivating yourself—and each other—to keep writing these last few months. We’re closing in on that December deadline fast, though I’m sure for some, it might not seem fast enough. Writing is hard work! How has it been for you? Do you have days where you can’t bear…

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The Plot Thickens…or How I Came to Like Fish

by Patience Bloom Some of us lack the gift of plotting. I’m not naming names here, but it’s not everyone’s forte. Now, you may create glowing characters and write sparkling first drafts, and yet plots are not your thing. Even after you’ve read Robert McKee’s STORY and Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey, highlighting important sections,…

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Romance Writing Pet Peeves

by Patience Bloom (from her blog) Please bear in mind that this is just one editor’s pet peeves, compiled over many years of reading. And I’ll include some good with the peeve: I love reunion romances. We’ve all had a romance that we’ve fantasized about revisiting. In Romanceland, you can! I also love cranky Alpha heroes,…

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Dear Editor: Should I Attend a Romance Writers Conference?

Dear Editor, I am almost done writing my first romance. At this point, I don’t know what to do next. I go online to see how I should publish my book, but this doesn’t seem to be enough. Is it worth the time and money for me to attend a conference? –Solo Samantha Dear Samantha,…

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My Editor Crush: Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton

by Patience Bloom I am officially outing myself as an obsessive follower of the Shefani relationship. I enjoy Gwen and Blake separately but together, they are editor crush magic! I can’t get enough of their sweet Tweets and Snapchats, trips to Disneyland, the zoo, glitzy events, concerts, the White House, music videos, and updates from their…

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Dear Editor, Can my hero and heroine be A-list celebrities?

Dear Editor, Can my hero and heroine be A-list celebrities? — Laura Dear Laura, Our simplest answer is that your characters can be in whatever profession they choose. We can’t control what you want to write. The crucial aspect for a publisher to consider is how this kind of setting – the celebrity world –…

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