Category: writing advice

#WritingChallenge! Bring your scene to life with the five senses

By Deirdre Whether your romance is set in a dangerous, dust-choked rodeo or the luxury of a boutique hotel, your ability to vividly evoke the characters’ experience is essential for the reader to believe your hero and heroine are real people – and to care about what happens to them. One of the best ways…

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Romance Writing 101: Describing your hero and heroine

This week, Grace Thiele gives you her top tips on how to describe your characters with maximum impact! Hello dearest writers! Today, after my previous post on building up characters in your imagination, I’ll be writing about methods to begin translating that onto the page, specifically in physical description. Building them up in your mind and getting…

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Advice from the Archives: How to Write an Effective Villain

This week’s Advice from the Archives is off the desk of Elizabeth Mazer, Associate Editor for the Love Inspired Program.   Romantic suspense writers are amazing. The way that my fantastic Love Inspired Suspense authors balance compelling characters, fast pacing, strong conflicts, terrifying danger, deep faith and sweet, satisfying romance into each story never fails…

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What are the best ingredients for a fresh story?

This week, Susan Litman, Editor for Harlequin Special Edition, talks you through her recipe for a story’s success! 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 them a satisfying break from the everyday.…

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Romance Writing 101: Planning your story

This week, Harlequin insider Grace takes you through planning your romance… Well hello there! Today I’m writing to you all with rare London sunshine streaming through the windows, so I hope that wherever you’re reading this, you’re enjoying beautiful springtime weather! This time round I will be discussing planning. Now there are many different ways…

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Five Things We’ve Learned About Writing and Publishing

By Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen, authors of PHASE SHIFT With the Chaos Series all wrapped up, we thought we’d share a few things we’ve learned along the way. Draft Zero All a first draft need do is exist. It shouldn’t be perfect, but simply a translation of thoughts to the page. Once it’s finished, read it…

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10 Tips for Writing the Perfect Cinderella Story

This week, Editorial Assistant Tilda McDonald gives us her top 10 tips for bringing a Cinderella story to life! 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…

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10 ways to make your amnesia story unforgettable…!

Apologies for the ‘unforgettable’ pun, but we couldn’t resist… Romance, suspense, a bombshell revelation – what’s not to enjoy about an amnesia story?! If you adore Overboard and fancy writing your own amnesia story, then read on for the Harlequin editors’ top tips on how to handle this much-loved classic theme… Think about the best way to tie…

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How do you raise the stakes in romance?

Looking to raise the stakes in your romance? Get advice from Victoria Curran @victoriacurran2, Senior Editor for Harlequin Heartwarming and Harlequin Superromance!   I think it’s pretty clear that readers are divided on the strength of the writing in Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James. But I get why it became one of the…

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