Category: characterization

Ready, Set, Write!—A SYTYCW Advice Round-Up

As our loyal readers know, we’ve been doing this for a very long time. This blog contains years of posts (and incredible comments), but with so much good stuff it can be tricky to search through our entire backlog. We thought now would be the perfect time to create this resource for hopeful writers everywhere!…

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Advice from the Archives: Secondary Characters, Get Outta Here!

This week on the blog, we’re talking you through creating strong secondary characters! Read on for our advice (originally posted in 2012 but still true!) on how to avoid letting the secondary cast take over your romance! Ever read a book that felt like it was fighting a battle called the Invasion of the Secondary…

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Advice from the Archives—Romance 101: Secondary Characters

This week on the blog, we’re talking you through how to bring those wonderful secondary characters who fill out your story to life! By Grace Thiele Bonjour, aspiring authors! It’s my pleasure to be returning to Romance 101—and I’m so excited to be writing about the use of secondary characters! In short, this is any…

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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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Advice from the Archives: 50 Shades of an Active Heroine

By Carly Silver Today we bring you a post from our Archives written by Carly Silver, Associate Editor of Harlequin Romantic Suspense! Harlequin heroines are leading women worthy of stage, screen, and page. They range from vampire maidens to virgin brides, bad girls to businesswomen ruling the boardroom. That said, it’s not always easy to…

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What We’re Watching: Killing Eve

By Katie Gowrie Despite being late to the party, after hearing about this show from EVERYONE, I finally decided to get on it and watch the first season of Killing Eve. This show has a strong Canadian cast of heroines at the center of it. Sandra Oh plays the obsessive British intelligence officer Eve Polastri,…

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Writing Challenge: Create an Intriguing Heroine

“Consider what makes a person so fascinating. Who captures your interest in a powerful way?” – Senior Editor Patience Bloom, How to Spot Problem Areas in Your Story When we think about the people who fascinate us, it’s their unique qualities that make them alluring. But sometimes we create cliched characters even as we try…

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Writing Challenge: Best Buddies

By Deirdre McCluskey For our last writing challenge we talked about frenemies. Another favourite secondary character in romance is the hero’s best friend. And, no, we don’t mean this kind.   The best friend can be a foil for the hero, highlighting his “hero” qualities by showing his somewhat more “regular” friend. Or he can…

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