Category: writing advice

The Harlequin Dare Blitz: A Round-Up

The Harlequin Dare Blitz wrapped on Friday, and we’re still fanning ourselves from your steamy submissions! We think it’s safe to say this writing blitz was a success. We received over 150 submissions from around the globe, including all over Europe, Australia and North America, as well as from the far reaches of Mauritius, South…

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Top Ten Reasons to Love a Fake Married (Or Engaged or Dating…) Romance

This top ten list is off the desk of Megan Broderick, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Romantic Suspense and Special Edition. Fake Relationship is one of my favorite tropes of all time. It probably started with all those procedurals I watched as a kid where they would have to go undercover as a married couple and…

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Meet Our Dare Launch Authors!

Harlequin Dare has officially launched! Have you been reading? The first four books are available this month, and we dare you to pick one up and see just what Harlequin’s sexy new series is all about. Want a little background? Then come meet our launch-month authors: Anne Marsh, Lisa Childs, JC Harroway, and Clare Connelly. Find out what they…

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Write Your Romance in 150 Days Check-in: Ask the Editors

If you’re participating in our Write Your Romance in 150 Days challenge, you’re over halfway to the finish line. Congratulations! It takes determination, discipline and hard work to complete a novel. Now’s the perfect time to give yourself a pat on the back. Celebrate your progress with a glass of champagne or your favourite chocolate…

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#WritingChallenge: Pitch your race-against-time romance!

By Deirdre McCluskey Last #WritingChallenge we talked about how well-developed characters strengthen the internal conflict in your romance. But what about external conflict? Sometimes editors downplay the importance of external conflict because new writers may rely too heavily on contrived conflict at the expense of compelling emotional conflict. But good external conflict places your characters…

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#WritingChallenge: Dig deeper into your characters

About eight weeks into Write Your Romance in 150 Days, you’re probably getting to know your characters very well. That’s good because romance readers (and editors) love a strong romantic conflict, and strong conflict comes from well-developed characters. (For more on characterization, read this great post by Superromance author Vicki Essex in our archive.) Let’s…

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Pancakes and Writer’s Block

Harlequin Historical author Nicole Locke admits writer’s block is like taming wild animals and making pancakes. My family loves fluffy pancakes. Not me. The sheer amount of patience it takes to make them, and the mere seconds it takes for my family to devour them is not the kind of cooking:love ratio I relish. So…

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#Writing Challenge! Create a Western anti-hero

by Deirdre and  Western Romance editor Megan Long We all have an image of the classic Western romance hero. That law-abiding, straight-shooting, white-hat-wearing rancher or sheriff who sweeps the heroine off her feet, saves the family ranch and rides with her into the sunset. But what would happen if he weren’t quite so admirable? What…

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#WritingChallenge! Update the Marriage of Convenience

by Deirdre When I asked a group of Harlequin editors for romance tropes they’d love to see refreshed, one favourite was the marriage of convenience. Although the MoC is most often associated with historical romance, contemporary romance readers love it too. But making the marriage of convenience trope work in a modern romance – and…

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#AdviceSwap: How do you handle a rejection letter?

 “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” – Julie Andrews Happy New Year! Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Opinions differ on whether making resolutions for the year really works, or what the best way is to  achieve your goals. But the truth is there’s no one best way for everyone. This week…

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