Category: Writers Workshop

Advice From The Archives: Blending Humor With Emotion

By Liz Fielding Do you want to write books that will make people laugh and cry? With romantic comedies getting renewed love in books and movies this past year, this fabulous 2011 blog post by award-winning Harlequin Romance author Liz Fielding is essential reading! Have any of you watched the television programme Myth Busters? They take…

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What happens after you submit to Harlequin?

Today, we bring you an updated post from our archives! Read on as Elizabeth Mazer reveals what happens to your story after you hit submit! So, you’ve finished your manuscript—congratulations! And you’ve rallied your courage and actually clicked submit—congratulations! Now, as your reward, you get to…wait. And wonder. And fret. It’s nerve wracking, waiting to…

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Editor Confessions: Dispatches from the Inbox

By An Editor At submissions@harlequin.com, we receive several hundred emails a year. That’s a lot of mail! In that giant virtual stack of mail, there are some things that crop up frequently, including letters and requests that can needlessly take an editor’s time (because the information is readily available on our submissions page, for example),…

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#RomanceIncludesYou Supports Diversity and Inclusion

Harlequin/Mills & Boon is the home of romance and we want to read your love stories! We’re always looking for new authors across the 12 Harlequin series for which we are acquiring, and we encourage all writers to submit to the series best suited to their unique voice and style. We are actively working to…

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Harlequin REFRESH: Character cliches

Character clichés. Archetypes. Stock characters. We encounter them in every genre—the mad scientist, the femme fatale, the high school jock, that geek with acne. There are millions of stories out in the world today, so of course we’re going to encounter similar people from time to time. One thing is certain, though: a reader needs…

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Harlequin REFRESH Writing Challenge: Replace the cliche

On Tuesday we wrote about freshening your narrative voice by eliminating clichés. Easier said than done! Sometimes a cliché seems to express what you want to say perfectly. So how do replace the perfect words with more perfect ones? Here are some questions to ask yourself: What’s my character’s motivation?          …

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Harlequin REFRESH! Talking “voice” with A.C. Arthur

  Award-winning author A.C. Arthur graciously agreed to answer our questions about voice in romance writing! How did you know when you’d found your voice? For years after I became published I heard about an author’s “voice”. I had no clue what that meant. All I knew was that I had a story idea, so…

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Freshen your voice with Harlequin REFRESH!

Do you have New Year’s writing resolutions? Are you ready to freshen your voice? Want tips on writing with authenticity, originality and passion? Welcome to Harlequin REFRESH! on the So You Think You Can Write blog. Each week in January we’ll feature posts by editors and authors on the theme of voice in romance writing.…

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

Ever read a book that felt like it was fighting a battle called the Invasion of the Secondary Characters? Where the main characters couldn’t get a word in edgewise, let alone live their lives or fall in love or accomplish anything exciting due to being overshadowed by other, less-important characters who think they’re running the…

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Good Pacing, Better than a Solid Pair of Spanx

Truth: Anything that is written has a pace. Just like anything in motion has a pace. And it is always being noticed and taken in—maybe not consciously, yet pacing is still ever-important in anything from an email to assembly instructions to a novel. With instructional types of writing, like how to assemble something, the steps…

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