Category: writing inspiration

Advice From The Archives: Blending Humor With Emotion

By Liz Fielding Do you want to write books that will make people laugh and cry? With romantic comedies getting renewed love in books and movies this past year, this fabulous 2011 blog post by award-winning Harlequin Romance author Liz Fielding is essential reading! Have any of you watched the television programme Myth Busters? They take…

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Best Movie Dates and a Valentine’s Day Writing Challenge!

As it’s Valentine’s Day – and we of course love love – we’re doing a Valentine’s Day themed writing challenge! The challenge: In a 3-5 paragraph scene describe your hero and heroine’s dream Valentine’s Day date, and show us their sparks flying! To get you inspired, some of the Harlequin team have reflected on of…

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What We’re Watching: Mr. Sunshine

By Katie Gowrie If you love sweeping historical dramas as much as I do, you might want to check out Mr. Sunshine. This Korean period piece takes us back to the Joseon dynasty at the turn of the 20th century, as activists fight for Korean independence. It’s worth it for the stunning cinematography and gorgeous…

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New Season, New Chance to Write that Book!

By Katie Gowrie Summer’s winding down, and while dropping temperatures are a bummer, I’ll be gearing up for all the things early September brings (read: going wild with the anticipation of fun cable knits, pumpkin spiced lattes, and stargazing—if you’re a Torontonian, September means annual celebrity invasion for the Toronto International Film Festival). A change…

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5 Reasons to Love…Royal Romance!

Who doesn’t love a royal romance? Here’s one from the archives, in advance of Meghan and Harry’s lavish upcoming nuptials, to remind you why we love them! By Grace Thiele Call the heralds! Alert the press! Someone, fetch a trumpet – behold, there is wonderful news! Another royal baby is on the way! There’s one…

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How to Write an Alpha Hero

by Dana Grimaldi If you’ve been following the Dare Blitz, you already know how to write a Dare heroine. But what about the hero? Harlequin Dare is all about alpha males! And I’ve got some advice for creating the perfect alpha hero—someone so confident, complex and sexy that our editors will be fighting for the…

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Advice from the Archives: The Key to Writing Red-Hot Romance

We’ve reached into our archives to bring you SYTYCW’s top tips on writing sensual scenes. Thinking of submitting to the Dare blitz? Read on for a refresher on turning up the heat in your romance! Is opening the bedroom door on your hero and heroine the biggest challenge of writing a romance novel? Quite possibly.…

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Let’s Talk About Black Panther and Characterization

By Katie Gowrie (WARNING: Mild spoilers ahead!) Like many people, I got swept up in the excitement of the Black Panther movie release last month. I love a good superhero flick (and Michael B. Jordan, obvs), so I eagerly anticipated visiting Wakanda. I didn’t go on opening weekend, which in Canada was February 16; I…

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How to Write a Daring Heroine

By: Katie Gowrie Welcome to Dare Week on SYTYCW! If you’ve been following, you know that this week we’re talking all things Harlequin Dare to introduce you to our newest and edgiest series yet! One of the series hooks we’re most excited about is the Dare heroine. Romance is continually changing to reflect a changing world,…

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Series Spotlight: Harlequin Intrigue

This month’s series spotlight is on one of Harlequin’s top-selling category lines: Harlequin Intrigue.      From serial killers to domestic terrorism to small town conspiracies, Harlequin Intrigue novels are complex and compelling, and will keep readers on the edge of their seats with gripping romantic suspense. Danger lurks around every corner, and tracking down the perp is…

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