Category: advice from the editors

Romance Writing 101: Starting with a bang!

This week, Harlequin insider Grace Thiele shares her top tips for grabbing a reader with your first line! One of my absolute favourite books, the incredibly romantic I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, begins with the immortal line: ‘I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.’ From the moment I first read it, I…

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It’s a Stop The Wedding #WritingChallenge!

Hi everyone, This weekend, we’d love you to stop our fictional wedding with your best one-liner ever! We’ve written you a short intro below, and would love to see where you take it next! Susanna’s nerves were thrumming, sending the blood pounding through her veins and keeping her acutely aware that on this, the biggest…

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Insider secrets for targeting your submission to a series!

Associate Editor Elizabeth Mazer gives you the inside track on choosing which series to submit to! I’ve often heard people refer to their stories as their children. It’s an understandable comparison. As authors, you labor over your stories for months or even years; you lavish them with time and attention; you watch as the stories…

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Romance Writing 101: Creating backstory

This week, Harlequin insider Grace talks you through imagining (and weaving in!) your characters’ backstories… Good morning aspiring writers! I’m fresh from a recent session of slush training – learning from editors how to pick through our submissions looking for our next great author – so I am brim-full of advice from the Harlequin office on…

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What are the best ingredients for a fresh story?

This week, Susan Litman, Editor for Harlequin Special Edition, talks you through her recipe for a story’s success! Everyone knows the basic must-haves for a good story. Character. Conflict. Dialogue. Pacing. Plot. An emotional romance. Put together the right way, these elements can engage the reader and give them a satisfying break from the everyday.…

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Who should you target your submission to?

Associate Editor Elizabeth Mazer brings you her do’s (and don’ts!) for submitting your story to a Harlequin editor! At Harlequin, we pride ourselves on having something to suit every taste. Whether you write heart-pounding suspense, sizzlingly sexy stories, or clean romances, we’ve got a program that could be a perfect match for you. But even when you’ve…

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10 Tips for Writing a 21st Century Virgin

This week, Editorial Assistant Nicola Caws gives us her top 10 tips for writing a virgin heroine in the 21st century! The virgin heroine is a classic trope in romance, and no-one does it better than our brilliant Harlequin authors. But how do you get around the subject of virginity in the 21st century, when women and men…

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A Historical #WritingChallenge!

Hi everyone, This week we are bringing you a Harlequin Historical Romance writing challenge! Sometimes characters’ actions in the present, just wouldn’t have been acceptable in the past! So your #writingchallenge this week is to: Motivate your rakish hero’s decision to take a virgin debutante to bed, whilst keeping him both alpha and sympathetic! We’re all…

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