Category: romance writing

How to Write a Great First Chapter

Can you guess the opening line? “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” “Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm…” “New Year’s Resolutions           I Will Not…” There’s no better way to stand out from the crowd and catch an…

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Five Tips to Preserve that Post-Workshop and Conference Enthusiasm

by Patience Bloom You’ve just returned from your first (or eighteenth) Romance Writers of America conference–or meeting of your local romance chapter. You’re on that high after spending time with writer-friends, and the lessons you learned were life-changing. After unpacking your clothes, swag, and free books, you throw yourself on the couch for a restful…

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10 Tips for Writing the Perfect Cinderella Story

We’ve all known and adored the classic Cinderella tale from the moment we started to read (or listen to bedtime stories!) It’s the ultimate escapist fantasy and one we challenge you not to get caught up in! If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at creating your own, read on for my top 10 tips to…

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Interview with Harlequin Desire’s Joss Wood

This month marks the publication of Joss Wood’s Redeemed by Passion, the finale of Harlequin Desire’s Dynasties: Secrets of the A-List continuity. Her fellow A-List author Karen Booth got Joss to hold forth on the ups and downs of starting out, the challenges of the writing life and what she does to perfect her craft.…

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Advice from the Archives: Pitching for Newbies

So You Think You Can Write will be temporarily closed next week for RWA! Whether you’re off to RWA too, or plan to take advantage of this summer’s many conferences, workshops and online pitching sessions, it’s never a bad time to brush up on your pitching skills. Editor Emily Rodmell’s got you covered. And check…

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Advice from the Archives: 50 Shades of an Active Heroine

By Carly Silver Today we bring you a post from our Archives written by Carly Silver, Assistant Editor of Harlequin Romantic Suspense! Harlequin heroines are leading women worthy of stage, screen, and page. They range from vampire maidens to virgin brides, bad girls to businesswomen ruling the boardroom. That said, it’s not always easy to…

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Goal Setting with Harlequin Special Edition Author Laurel Greer

A little while ago, I was reading a post on the Harlequin Writing Community Facebook page, and one of the posters commented that she would never be able to reach the same monthly word-count target that someone else had set for herself. The writer with a smaller capacity sounded so defeated. I wanted to climb…

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5 Reasons Why You Need a Setting

by Patience Bloom When you are writing a romance, it can be easy to forget about setting. Your hero and heroine are wrapped up in a love cocoon, grappling with their conflicts. Classic romance hooks abound with a baby, maybe a cowboy, a wedding, a stuck-in-an-elevator night of passion, a pregnancy, a misunderstanding, and at…

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Advice From The Archives: Blending Humor With Emotion

By Liz Fielding Do you want to write books that will make people laugh and cry? With romantic comedies getting renewed love in books and movies this past year, this fabulous 2011 blog post by award-winning Harlequin Romance author Liz Fielding is essential reading! Have any of you watched the television programme Myth Busters? They take…

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Top Tips for Writing a Harlequin Historical Romance

Are you keen to pen a Harlequin Historical romance? Whether you’re writing dashing dukes, brooding Earls, or dark medieval warriors, here are some key tips from the editors… Ensure what you’re writing is historically accurate And grounded in research, so that readers can be swept along in the beautiful historical world you’ve created! We love…

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