Category: Writing Tips

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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How to Avoid Info-Dumping Your Awesome Research

by Katie Gowrie I’ve always thought one of the best things about reading a Harlequin romance is the cool facts you pick up along the way. Action, emotion, the chance to learn something new—all tied up with that feel-good HEA. We editors love a story that’s cradled by good research, be it settings, careers and…

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Advice from the Archives: Top 5 Reasons Why Revising Benefits You

By Carly Silver, Assistant Editor, Harlequin Romantic Suspense What’s the point of going over your novel again? After all, you worked so hard on it that it’s got to be perfect, right? Wrong! In fact, revising a manuscript absolutely essential to its success. Editors often ask their authors to retool their books many times. I…

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10 Things You Only Know If You’re a Romance Editor

Working in the romance fiction industry requires some very specialist skills. Read on for the Harlequin editors’ top 10 list! Our internet search histories are not for the fainthearted (or children). It can be weird when the author uses your name for the heroine…especially when things get steamy! Apparently, editing romance doesn’t qualify us as…

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150 Days of Writing Romance: Achieved!

Dear Writers, The time has come! This week marks 150 days since we proposed a stretch of time for you to focus on writing your romance novel. Did it go fast or slow for you? We have so enjoyed interacting with you and hope we provided good information and inspiration for you to keep writing.…

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5 Important Writing Tips from Author Anna J. Stewart

1. Read. I bet you thought I’d start out by saying write. Ha! Fooled you.  Nope. My number one rule for writers is to read. Read everything you can get your hands on. In the genre you write and outside of it. Magazines, newspapers, blogs (not FB posts–they don’t count!). Words are power, especially ones…

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Romance 101: Hooks and Themes

by Grace Thiele Hello, dearest authors! This week in an extremely wind-swept London, I’ll be writing about how to blow editors away with thrilling new takes on … bestselling themes and hooks! Now, I’ll let you in on a Harlequin secret, direct from Editorial. In an increasingly competitive romance fiction market, every single book has…

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Advice from the Archives: It’s Just A Big Misunderstanding…

We’re back with more brilliant advice to help you get the best out of your stories! This week we have a great post from SYTYCW 2014 on coincidences, contrivance & misunderstandings – enjoy! Avoiding the pitfalls of contrivance, coincidence and misunderstandings in a story usually comes down to the characters’ conflicts – how internal or external they…

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Advice from the Archives: Good Pacing, Better than a Solid Pair of Spanx

Truth: Anything that is written has a pace. Just like anything in motion has a pace. And it is always being noticed and taken in—maybe not consciously, yet pacing is still ever-important in anything from an email to assembly instructions to a novel. With instructional types of writing, like how to assemble something, the steps…

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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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