Category: advice from the editors

10 Tips for Writing a Killer Revenge Plot!

Revenge is a hot hook for any romance, but it can also present a challenge! To help you bring that all-important spark to your revenge romance, here are the editors’ top ten tips… Motivation for revenge is key! It can’t be something petty, or make the hero look weak (e.g. enacting revenge on a girl…

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Dear Editor, how funny can my romance be?

Dear Editor I’m told my hero and heroine can be too light-hearted…but I want them to be fun! Why can’t they be humorous? Thanks, Alison Hi Alison, Everyone loves a hero and heroine who have many sides, and who are able to add a touch of humor to what could be a deeply emotional, tear-jerking…

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Here’s your weekend #WritingChallenge!

This week, our #WritingChallenge is inspired by 2016’s Leap Year! Leap Day is famously the day when women propose instead of men, so to celebrate we’re asking you to put your own twist on the tradition… We want to see your heroine make the first move! Does she ask your hero for a date, a round-the-world…

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Advice from The Archives: How to Pitch!

This week, we’ve got a gem from SYTYCW 2012 by Emily Rodmell – how to find the essence of your plot in two sentences, for that perfect elevator pitch! Getting published can be like fishing. You’ve got to hook your editor or agent and make them long to read your book. The same can be said…

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Dear Editor, why can’t my hero and heroine just get along?

Dear Editor, The characters in my new story have stolen my heart, but I keep getting feedback that they fall in love too quickly. Why can’t the hero and heroine of a romance just get along? Love, Amy Dear Amy, Thanks for this. To help answer this question, firstly think about the type of romances…

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A very Valentine’s #WritingChallenge!

The #WritingChallenge is back with a bang for the most romantic holiday of the year – Valentine’s Day! This one is short and sweet – you can make it funny, sexy, romantic, dramatic, and from any part of your hero and heroine’s relationship you like… Just as long as it’s Valentine’s Day-tastic! Give us your best Valentine’s…

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Advice from The Archives: What Makes a Satisfying Ending?

This week, we’ve got tips from New Voices 2011 on how to write the ultimate satisfying, emotional ending to your story! We’re about to answer the big question that we’re sure is on everyone’s lips—how do you write a powerful ending that stays with your readers for a long time? Well, never fear, here are our few sneaky…

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10 Reasons Everyone Loves a Christmas Romance!

As Christmas draws closer, it can only mean one thing… it’s time to snuggle up with a deliciously festive romance! As you might have guessed, we’re Christmas-mad in the Harlequin offices – it truly is the most wonderful time of the year! – so we wanted to celebrate the many reasons why Christmassy romances are…

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