Category: romance writing

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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Dear Editor, I don’t know where to start my romance novel!

Every now and then, we like to revisit some of our classic blog posts, which are still helpful (we hope). From our Advice from the Archives… Dear Editor, I don’t know where to start my romance novel! Help! Leah Dear Leah, Never fear! You’re not alone in this quandary. Sometimes, a writer will pen several…

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10 Romance Clichés: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?

by Patience Bloom, adapted from her blog Every genre has its clichés and I sort of love them because they can be like chicken soup or The Brady Bunch, i.e. comforting old friends. At the same time, when you’re a voracious reader, these clichés get tired and seem like a quick exit. Here are some offenses…

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Advice from the Archives: What Are the Best Ingredients for a Fresh Story?

Today’s post is a 2016 gem from our Archives! Special Edition Editor Susan Litman walks us through the key elements for keeping a story fresh. Everyone knows the basic must-haves for a good story. Character. Conflict. Dialogue. Pacing. Plot. An emotional romance. Put together the right way, these elements can engage the reader and give…

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Final Call for the Romance Includes You Mentorship!

This is the final day to send in your submission to the Romance Includes You Mentorship! We’ll be accepting submissions until midnight (ET). If you’ve not submitted yet, there’s still time! And we can’t wait to see your stories. Here’s a quick recap of everything you need to know: What is it? An opportunity for…

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A #RomanceIncludesYou Mentorship Checklist

The Romance Includes You Mentorship is open for submissions until October 15th. If you’re an aspiring romance author from a community that’s been underrepresented in traditional publishing, then we want to see your stories! This is an opportunity to work one-on-one with a Harlequin editor for a year to develop your romance novel. The chosen…

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Writing a Dare Alpha Hero

Today we present to you a post from our Archives. Read on as associate editor Dana Grimaldi breaks down the important traits of the alpha hero! by Dana Grimaldi If you’ve been following the Dare Blitz, you already know how to write a Dare heroine. But what about the hero? Harlequin Dare is all about alpha males!…

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A Day at the Northern Hearts Conference

By Katie Gowrie Last weekend the second annual Northern Hearts conference was held by the Toronto Romance Writers, and it was a pleasure to attend! I arrived bright and early Saturday morning at the Novotel hotel, ready for a day of romance-publishing awesomeness. After grabbing a coffee, I made my way into the main reception…

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From Alpha Hero to HEA: A Harlequin Romance Glossary

We all know the romance genre has conventions and guidelines that set it apart from other types of stories. And with those guidelines comes a vocabulary. Here at Romance HQ, we use that vocabulary every day, and sometimes we take it for granted. So we came up with a partial list of definitions so you,…

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