Category: so you think you can write

Born to be Bad: Horrible bosses, evil exes, and other romance villains

By Adrienne Macintosh, Editor, Harlequin Blaze and American Romance   What type of Harlequin villain are you? Take our quiz and see which beloved Harlequin villain you could be. We’ve played up some of our reader’s favorite villainous storylines, and while they’re favorites to us, too, now we’re looking for how they might be twisted…

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A Family Romance: Babies, children and other supporting players

By Julia Williams, Editor, Medical Romance Babies, children and family – what have they got to do with romance? Well, quite a lot actually! Although you should always, always keep in mind that the main focus of your story is the romance between your hero and heroine, having children and babies as part of the…

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Today’s Challenge Results: First Meeting Feedback

Results of our First Meeting Challenge are in! Our team of editors randomly selected five of your first meeting entries. Here are their critiques! We enjoyed seeing those sparks fly and hope you’ll keep going on your writing journeys. Thank you for submitting all your fabulous first meetings! Best Laid Plans by Lindsay Larson Holiday Fling…

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Say it with Style: How to write great dialogue

By Rhonda Helms, Carina Editor We’re all aware that dialogue is a vital part of a story. We get to know characters, learn key information about the plot, snicker at jokes, cringe from awkward confessions, and even swoon with romantic lines. Nailing dialogue in your manuscript can help you hook an editor, fast. Here are…

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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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Plot Points: How to outline your novel with Tawny Weber and Jennifer Faye

Writing a novel is a big undertaking. Where do you even start? We asked two Harlequin authors to share their plotting process with you! My Color Coded Plotting Process by Tawny Weber, Harlequin Blaze and HQN author I’ll admit it… I’m hooked on my plotting process.   First of all, after 35 books, I know it…

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Today’s Challenge: The First Meeting

Today’s Challenge: The Meet It’s the moment most readers wait for (well, one of the moments): when the hero and heroine first meet. Do they love or hate each other on sight? Is he her neighbor, her boss, her accountant? Because there are so many stories out there, think about how your “meet” will capture…

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Today’s Challenge Results: First Page feedback

Results of our First Page Challenge are in! Our team of editors randomly selected five of your first pages. Here are their critiques! We enjoyed reading these openings and hope you’ll keep going on your writing journeys. Thank you for submitting all your fabulous first pages! On Bended Knee by Lizzie Brooks Undercover With Her…

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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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