Category: writing advice

Harlequin Refresh: What makes a manuscript stand out from the crowd?

We hope you enjoyed our month-long focus on author voice in romantic fiction and found it helpful! To round off the month, we asked our editors to let us know what makes a manuscript stand out from the crowd. What makes a romance submission unique and fresh? (And we included key tips from our guest…

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Harlequin REFRESH! Talking “voice” with Maisey Yates

Today, we have an exciting post from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Maisey Yates! Maisey has written an astounding 100 books, and writes a real range of books – and it all began with Harlequin Presents. In this post Maisey talks about how to keep your writing fresh, and how she flexes…

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Writing Challenge: Frenemies

by Deirdre McCluskey This week we’ve been talking about secondary characters. One of my favourite character types is the “frenemy”. Sometimes the frenemy is just an enemy that the main character must tolerate politely. But the frenemy role I enjoy is the irritating friend who creates friction in practically every scene. The friction might be…

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Finding Your Tribe

by Harlequin Heartwarming author Anna J. Stewart Today we’re happy to host Harlequin Heartwarming author Anna J. Stewart on the blog! I’m thrilled to be here with you all on the So You Think You Can Write blog! This is one of my favorite places to visit so thank you for having me back. I’ve…

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Romance Writing 101: Where do you start?

This post is republished from the So You Think You Can Write archives from 2016, written by former Presents Editorial Assistant, Grace Thiele. Hello! Before we embark on this adventure of romantic writing advice, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Grace Thiele (pronounced Tea-Luh, thank you kindly), and I am the new Editorial…

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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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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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