Advice from the Archives: Why We Love Wedding Romances

Summer’s in full swing, and while wedding season might look a little different this year, we can still celebrate the well-loved trope of wedding romances! Find out why we at SYTYCW love ’em! By Katie Gowrie As summer comes, so does wedding season. And we at SYTYCW have some mixed emotions. While the constant events,…

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How to Write a Great First Chapter

Can you guess the opening line? “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” “Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm…” “New Year’s Resolutions           I Will Not…” There’s no better way to stand out from the crowd and catch an…

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Crafting Strong Openings

This is from our Advice from the Archives treasure trove, written in 1993 by Anne Canadeo and Mary-Theresa Hussey and addressed to editors (but very helpful for writers). As we encourage you to submit, we want to bring you helpful tips and encouragement. So let’s start at the very beginning and guide you toward creating…

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Writing Challenge: Alpha-Beta Soup

by Evan Yeong I can’t believe it’s been almost a full month since my last Writing Challenge! You all deserve a huge apology, as I know that so many of you enjoy participating in these (and hopefully those who don’t are getting something out of reading them, since I know I sure do). In searching…

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Goal Setting with Harlequin Special Edition Author Laurel Greer

We’re delighted to repost this valuable writing advice from Laurel Greer, courtesy of our archives. Previously posted in June 2019. A little while ago, I was reading a post on the Harlequin Writing Community Facebook page, and one of the posters commented that she would never be able to reach the same monthly word-count target…

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Advice from the Archives: Secondary Characters, Get Outta Here!

This week on the blog, we’re talking you through creating strong secondary characters! Read on for our advice (originally posted in 2012 but still true!) on how to avoid letting the secondary cast take over your romance! Ever read a book that felt like it was fighting a battle called the Invasion of the Secondary…

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Advice from the Archives—Romance 101: Secondary Characters

This week on the blog, we’re talking you through how to bring those wonderful secondary characters who fill out your story to life! By Grace Thiele Bonjour, aspiring authors! It’s my pleasure to be returning to Romance 101—and I’m so excited to be writing about the use of secondary characters! In short, this is any…

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Advice from the Archives: How to Write an Alpha Heroine

In today’s archive, we bring you a post originally published during Dare Week in 2018 to introduce Harlequin Dare. This advice that was originally written to help writers understand the Dare heroine, but it can apply to any series. Here are our top tips on how to write a bold, daring heroine! By Katie Gowrie…

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Advice from the Archives: 50 Shades of an Active Heroine

By Carly Silver Today we bring you a post from our Archives written by Carly Silver, Associate Editor of Harlequin Romantic Suspense! Harlequin heroines are leading women worthy of stage, screen, and page. They range from vampire maidens to virgin brides, bad girls to businesswomen ruling the boardroom. That said, it’s not always easy to…

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