Category: advice from the editors

Romance Writing 101: Where do you start?

Meet Grace, your very own Harlequin insider, here to guide you through the secret art of writing romance! Hello! Before we embark on this adventure of romantic writing advice, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Grace Thiele (pronounced Tea-Luh, thank you kindly), and I am the new Editorial Assistant at Harlequin Presents. As…

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Dear Editor, I keep running out of steam with my story – help!

Dear Editor, I was so excited when I started writing my new project – but now I’m halfway through I’ve run out of steam. What do I do now? Thanks, Molly   Dear Molly, What a great question, and I’m sure a dilemma a lot of writers, whether they are new or experienced, find themselves…

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10 ways to make your amnesia story unforgettable…!

Apologies for the ‘unforgettable’ pun, but we couldn’t resist… Romance, suspense, a bombshell revelation – what’s not to enjoy about an amnesia story?! If you adore Overboard and fancy writing your own amnesia story, then read on for the Harlequin editors’ top tips on how to handle this much-loved classic theme… Think about the best way to tie…

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A Heartwarming #WritingChallenge!

Hi everyone, At Heartwarming, we’re always on the lookout for stories with high stakes, where the characters must risk giving up what they want most in order to love each other. The strongest books weave together both internal and external conflicts to ramp up the action, emotion and romantic tension. This weekend’s challenge is: Show…

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Here’s your weekend #WritingChallenge!

Hi everyone, One of the most precious moments in a romance is when the hero and heroine first meet! But what happens when it’s two total strangers who are destined to marry? See below for your weekend #writingchallenge… Your hero and heroine are about to get married, but they are total strangers! Give us their first meet! We can’t…

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Dear Editor, how do I create a flawed character?

Dear Editor, How can I write a flawed character while keeping the readers’ sympathy? Thanks, Sandra   Dear Sandra, Ensuring your readers sympathise with your characters is an essential tool in getting them to invest their time and believe in the romance. However, that doesn’t mean your characters have to be perfect. In fact, those…

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Here’s your weekend #WritingChallenge!

Beginnings are crucial, and your opening sentence should grab the reader’s attention, making them want to read on. So this weekend, we challenge you to… Give us your best opening sentence! We will be selecting our top three on Monday so be sure to get yours in on time! The SYTYCW Editors x    

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