Category: Writing Tips

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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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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Warriors Wanted Blitz: Tips from the Harlequin Historical Editors

Whether you’re polishing up your entry for the Warriors Wanted blitz or looking for some general historical romance writing advice, the Harlequin/Mills & Boon UK editors share their top tips to make your story stand out from the crowd… Commissioning Editor Vic Britton says… “For me, the opening few lines to a story can make…

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5 tips for staying motivated to finish your romance novel

Writing a novel is a marathon task, and it can be tough to stay motivated at the best of times. So you may be finding it even more difficult to focus on writing at a time when you may have added stresses and responsibilities. But it’s never a bad time to follow your dreams and…

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Book Recommendations for Writing

We editors have done much research on writing and have come up with this excellent list of craft related books for you. Don’t be intimidated! These books will inspire you to organize, plot, re-plot, dream, and get yourself in that chair to write. So without further ado… Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg This…

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10 Ways To Make Your Submission Stand Out

Discovering new writing talent is the one of the most exciting things we get to do as editors. But how can you help yourself catch an editor’s eye? Read on for our top tips… Do your series research! You can pitch an editor a great idea, but if it’s not something we can actually acquire,…

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Spot the Conflict in Romance Movies

We pulled a post from our archives to review the ins and outs of internal and external conflicts, along with the top three pitfalls we see in romance submissions. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to check out this post! But don’t stop there, why not study these concepts in action? We’ve taken a…

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How to Write a Unique Medical Romance

We wanted to take a moment, today, to talk to you about how, as an aspiring Medical Romance author, you can make your story really stand out! So, keep reading… Think Outside the Box A good place to start is to think about something that you would like to read about in the series, that…

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The Short and Sweet on Writing a Synopsis

by Evan Yeong Let me get right to the point: if you want to submit a manuscript to Harlequin it has to be accompanied by a synopsis. This brief summary will help give the editors a better sense of your ability to craft a narrative, create and resolve tension, and pace out emotional beats. At…

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