Category: Writing Tips

Advice from the Archives: What Are the Best Ingredients for a Fresh Story?

Today’s post is a 2016 gem from our Archives! Special Edition Editor Susan Litman walks us through the key elements for keeping a story fresh. 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…

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Ready, Set, Write!—A SYTYCW Advice Round-Up

As our loyal readers know, we’ve been doing this for a very long time. This blog contains years of posts (and incredible comments), but with so much good stuff it can be tricky to search through our entire backlog. With our Romance Includes You mentorship submissions closing next week, we thought now would be the…

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Writing a Dare Alpha Hero

Today we present to you a post from our Archives. Read on as associate editor Dana Grimaldi breaks down the important traits of the 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!…

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Share your tips: How do you stay on track?

This week at So You Think You Can Write has been all about setting goals, planning, and staying motivated while you work on your novel. It takes all three of these things to reach the finish line. I want to be an author is a wish. I want to finish my novel this year and…

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Writing Challenge: Set the scene

“Setting can be another character. And just as with cardboard characters, a lack of setting will leave a story feeling one-dimensional.” – Patience Bloom, Senior Editor If you’ve been with us all week, you know that we’ve been talking about the importance of creating a vivid setting for your romance. Ready to give it a…

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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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Top Tips for Writing a Harlequin Historical Romance

Are you keen to pen a Harlequin Historical romance? Whether you’re writing dashing dukes, brooding Earls, or dark medieval warriors, here are some key tips from the editors… Ensure what you’re writing is historically accurate And grounded in research, so that readers can be swept along in the beautiful historical world you’ve created! We love…

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Advice from the Archives: How to Spot Problem Areas in Your Story

By Patience Bloom (from her blog) It happens to every romance writer. You have a polished piece of work in front of you, but you feel something isn’t quite right. Maybe you should go over it one more time. Maybe the editor will love it even though you kind of don’t. Does love matter if…

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Writing Challenge: Create a Cliffhanger!

We posted some great advice on creating suspense from Harlequin authors this week, including this tip from New York Times Bestselling Harlequin Intrigue and Harlequin Romantic Suspense author Elle James:  “I like to keep my readers guessing at the end of a chapter. Will the hero save the day? Will the heroine fight her way…

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