Category: Archive

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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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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