Category: Writing Tips

Advice from the Archives: I Can Relate to That!

by Birgit Davis-Todd, Senior Executive Editor, Harlequin I can relate to that….  It’s a familiar phrase to many of us and something critical for authors to keep in mind when writing a book and hoping to land a contract.  Consider your audience—the reader.  Sure, you want her to read and enjoy your story but more importantly…

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Romance Writing 101: Mastering the art of dialogue

Harlequin insider Grace helps you master the mysterious art of dialogue! Hello to you all, dear aspiring writers! Today I’ll be advising you on how to tackle that surprisingly difficult to master, but unavoidably vital, aspect of storytelling: dialogue! Now, you’d think this would be easy. After all, we all talk! But writing it is…

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Interview with…Ann Leslie Tuttle!

This week, Harlequin Nocturne’s Senior Editor Ann Leslie Tuttle discusses what she looks for in acquiring a new author… Does the excitement of finding a new author ever get old? No.   And that comes from someone who has been looking for great new writers to bring into the Harlequin franchise for almost 20 years.   But sad to…

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#WritingChallenge! Weave backstory into your scene

By Deirdre As Editorial Assistant Grace Thiele says in her blog post on creating backstory, “emotional conflict is the true beating heart of romance, and characters cannot be conflicted without having actually lived. Without a real emotional journey, and complex, rounded characters that we believe will be genuinely changed by love, the reader cannot be…

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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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Advice Swap: Where do you find the inspiration for your heroes?

Hi everyone, After all of your amazing, insightful responses to our last Advice Swap on dealing with writer’s block, we’re back with our second topic… Where do you find the inspiration for your heroes? We know everyone has their own experiences of writing romance – so share your unique tips, stories and solutions in the comments section below!

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Romance Writing 101: Imagining your characters

This week, Harlequin insider Grace Thiele talks you through the art of developing your characters! Hello possums! There will be an eensy-weensy deviation from what I promised to write about a few weeks ago (I know, I should’ve followed my own advice on planning). I will still be discussing characterisation today, but rather than skipping…

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Advice from the Stars: Scarlet Wilson

Today is our final inspirational quote before RWA 2016 – we hope you’ve enjoyed the advice from the stars! To finish we have wise words from the amazing, double RITA 2016-nominated author Scarlet Wilson! Enjoy. Scarlet Wilson’s two RITA 2016 nominations in the Contemporary Romance: Short category are His Lost-and-Found Bride & The Prince She Never Forgot

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Advice from the Stars: Sarah M. Anderson

Today, lovely RITA 2016-nominated author Sarah M. Anderson shares her inspiration for writers! Sarah M. Anderson’s RITA 2016 nomination in the Contemporary Romance: Short category is The Nanny Plan

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