Category: Writing Tips

Romance Writing 101: Starting with a bang!

This week, Harlequin insider Grace Thiele shares her top tips for grabbing a reader with your first line! One of my absolute favourite books, the incredibly romantic I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, begins with the immortal line: ‘I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.’ From the moment I first read it, I…

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Welcome to the Advice Swap!

Hi everyone, As we hope you all know, the goal of the SYTYCW Blog is to provide top-quality writing advice for romance authors. We have great contributions from authors and editors, but we’ve also been totally bowled over by some of the brilliant suggestions readers have posted in response to these editorial posts! So, we wanted to create…

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Romance Writing 101: Creating backstory

This week, Harlequin insider Grace talks you through imagining (and weaving in!) your characters’ backstories… Good morning aspiring writers! I’m fresh from a recent session of slush training – learning from editors how to pick through our submissions looking for our next great author – so I am brim-full of advice from the Harlequin office on…

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SYTYCW Announcement

After five fantastic years of Harlequin’s SYTYCW bootcamp and contest, we know full well how much aspiring authors love an opportunity to submit their work directly to a Harlequin editor with a guaranteed turnaround time. So, for 2016 we have decided to take a different approach! Regular followers of the SYTYCW blog will have noticed…

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Who should you target your submission to?

Associate Editor Elizabeth Mazer brings you her do’s (and don’ts!) for submitting your story to a Harlequin editor! At Harlequin, we pride ourselves on having something to suit every taste. Whether you write heart-pounding suspense, sizzlingly sexy stories, or clean romances, we’ve got a program that could be a perfect match for you. But even when you’ve…

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10 Tips for Writing a 21st Century Virgin

This week, Editorial Assistant Nicola Caws gives us her top 10 tips for writing a virgin heroine in the 21st century! The virgin heroine is a classic trope in romance, and no-one does it better than our brilliant Harlequin authors. But how do you get around the subject of virginity in the 21st century, when women and men…

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Romance Writing 101: Planning your story

This week, Harlequin insider Grace takes you through planning your romance… Well hello there! Today I’m writing to you all with rare London sunshine streaming through the windows, so I hope that wherever you’re reading this, you’re enjoying beautiful springtime weather! This time round I will be discussing planning. Now there are many different ways…

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