Category: Writing Tips

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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Answering Your Writing Challenge Questions!

by Evan Yeong I’ve been meaning to provide a little more insight surrounding the Writing Challenges that so many of you have gleefully elected to participate in, but felt like including my thoughts alongside a prompt would lessen their impact (or have them be overlooked altogether). That said, here are a few answers to questions…

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The Challenge of Writing Interracial Romance

by Evan Yeong Something you probably didn’t know about me is that I used to regularly run a blog largely focused on diversity in media. Imagine my delight, then, to discover that same emphasis here at Harlequin! It’s been an ongoing conversation within the SYTYCW team in particular, and one that gained renewed energy due…

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What the Medical Romance Team Want

What do editors want? That age-old question. Well, we can’t speak for all editors, but the Harlequin Medical Romance Team can certainly speak to what we’re looking for. So, if you’re considering submitting to Medical Romance, to paraphrase Meredith Grey “you’re our people”, and this one’s for you! Life or death! Will they, won’t they?…

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How a Harlequin Historical Author Would Have Ended Sanditon

I’d like to begin this post with a *SPOILER* warning. If you haven’t watched the final episode of Sanditon, read at your own risk. I’ll be honest. I watched the final episode of Sanditon four months… and I’m still not OK. I have SO MANY feelings. That ending! So, when I realised that the final…

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How to Write a Viking: Top Tips from the Sons of Sigurd Authors

It’s almost time! The first instalment in the Sons of Sigurd miniseries, Stolen by the Viking by Michelle Willingham, is on its way. And, with Falling for Her Viking Captive by Harper St. George, Conveniently Wed to the Viking by Michelle Styles, Redeeming Her Viking Warrior by Jenni Fletcher and Tempted by Her Viking Enemy…

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How Valentines Lead to Better Happily-Ever-Afters

by Evan Yeong Today is February 13th, also known as Valentine’s Eve (or at least that’s what I’m choosing to call it for the purposes of this blog post). Initially my mind had turned to spotlighting Galentine’s Day, defined by Parks and Recreation‘s Leslie Knope as a day “about celebrating lady-friends.” Then I remembered that this…

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Advice from the Archives: Bringing Scenes to Life

Today’s archived post is from Harlequin Refresh, a blog series we ran last January featuring our best advice on freshening up your writing! By Patience Bloom Once you’ve reached the end of your first (or twelfth) draft, you might think you’re ready to submit your fabulous romance novel. But are you? And how do you…

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What’s Your Writing Soundtrack (And Should You Even Have One)?

by Evan Yeong The first time I can remember thinking about music and its relationship with writing was when I finished Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson (the sequel to her award-winning Speak). In the acknowledgements she included bands like Incubus, Staind, and Linkin Park, as well as composers like Beethoven and singer-songwriters like Tori Amos. As a…

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Advice from the Archives: Keep It Fresh!

by Johanna Raisanen, Editor (from a 2014 post on this blog) So you’ve written a secret-baby story and you’re debating submitting to us. Well, you should! But perhaps you’ve been told that secret-baby stories are so cliché! I recently read an article about “the worst romance-novel clichés,” where the author lists a lot of tropes…

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