Category: writing advice

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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10 Ways to Write a Sexy Sheikh!

Read on for our top tips on how to make the most of one of our favorite alpha heroes… The Sheikh is as high-fantasy as a romance hero can get, so embrace this freedom and feel that you can really push those limits! That said, the reader still needs to be able to understand your hero’s actions–…

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Dear Editor, how do I create a flawed character?

Dear Editor, How can I write a flawed character while keeping the readers’ sympathy? Thanks, Sandra   Dear Sandra, Ensuring your readers sympathise with your characters is an essential tool in getting them to invest their time and believe in the romance. However, that doesn’t mean your characters have to be perfect. In fact, those…

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The #MedicalBlitz: A Round-up

It’s been just over two weeks since the last #MedicalBlitz submission received a response from the Medical Romance team and we’re still buzzing about all the exciting worlds we were transported to, the gorgeous docs we met and the electric chemistry we saw between your heroes and heroines! The #MedicalBlitz saw everything from vets to flying docs to…

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10 Tips for Writing a Killer Revenge Plot!

Revenge is a hot hook for any romance, but it can also present a challenge! To help you bring that all-important spark to your revenge romance, here are the editors’ top ten tips… Motivation for revenge is key! It can’t be something petty, or make the hero look weak (e.g. enacting revenge on a girl…

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Love the Ride: From would-be writer to published author with Joshua Roots

Paranormal Chaos author Joshua Roots shares what he learned on his journey from would-be writer to published author. Reprinted with thanks from the Carina Press blog.   With Paranormal Chaos out and The Shifter Chronicles winding down, I’ve had some time to sit back and think about my journey from would-be writer to published author. Basically, it…

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