Advice from the Archives: Romance 101 – Writer’s Block

On Tuesday, we posted an Advice from the Archives about writer’s block from Historical author Nicole Locke. In keeping with that theme, here are more tips, originally posted in December 2017, about moving past writer’s block and keeping that creativity flowing! by Grace Thiele Hello, dear aspiring authors! I’m writing to you today, wrapped in…

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From the Archives: Pancakes and Writer’s Block

In this post from 2017, Harlequin Historical author Nicole Locke admits writer’s block is like taming wild animals and making pancakes. My family loves fluffy pancakes. Not me. The sheer amount of patience it takes to make them, and the mere seconds it takes for my family to devour them is not the kind of…

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Writing Challenge: Cliché Away!

by Evan Yeong Just yesterday we dug into our archives and reposted a fantastic piece about romance plot clichés that we’ve seen far too many of. While Harlequin certainly publishes a lot of trope-based romance, it’s entirely possible to tell, for example, the story of a busy professional falling for a single parent and their child…

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Harlequin Refresh: Romance plot clichés

(We loved this post so much, we’re re-posting from our archives. Enjoy!) Harlequin editors read a lot of romance books. Sometimes a scene idea or plot twist that seems fresh to a new author is actually one we’ve read many times. And that’s not surprising. When starting a new creative venture, it’s natural to emulate…

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Let’s Talk about Plot

We wanted to talk a little about plot and found this useful blog post from one of our past contributors. Here are some basics… What is a plot? Plot in its most basic form is a series of linked events that take place. It is the stuff that stories are made of.  Without it your…

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Harlequin Welcomes More Submissions from Black Authors

The romance writing and reading community includes people of all backgrounds, communities and cultures who share an enjoyment of stories that celebrate love and happiness. Harlequin is committed to bringing readers a wide range of stories that reflect our diverse society. We want to publish more diverse and inclusive voices and stories. We welcome all…

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Getting the Call: Meet New Harlequin Presents Author, Kali Anthony

That elusive thing, ‘the call’ takes a kind of mythical status in the minds of a writer. Hopes for it, dreams of it, despairing it will never happen…All of those things rumble around every time you submit your precious manuscript. I loved hearing other people’s stories of the call. It was a thrill, reading about…

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Writing Challenge: When You’ve Scene It All

by Evan Yeong First off, apologies to everyone who’s been wondering when the next Writing Challenge would be coming along. We’ve had so much to share recently, first in regards to our Warriors Wanted Blitz (still ongoing!) and then our call for Inspirational Historical Romance submissions (also ongoing!), that we simply haven’t had time to…

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5 Reasons Why You Need a Setting

by Patience Bloom When you are writing a romance, it can be easy to forget about setting. Your protagonists are wrapped up in a love cocoon, grappling with their conflicts. Classic romance hooks abound with a baby, maybe a cowboy, a wedding, a stuck-in-an-elevator night of passion, a pregnancy, a misunderstanding, and at the end,…

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We Want Your Inspirational Historical Romances!

Do you write inspirational historical romance and want to submit to Harlequin? Then don’t forget the open submission call for our inspirational historical limited series! Note that this is NOT part of the Warriors Wanted blitz but a separate submission call that’s part of our inspirational limited series. Read on as Editor Leah Mol gives…

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