Category: patience bloom

Romantic Suspense Most Wanted: An Editor Wish List

Romance readers just can’t seem to get enough stories with high-stakes action and a big dose of suspense. Harlequin publishes three series featuring love in the face of danger: Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Intrigue, and Love Inspired Suspense. Find out what’s on our editors’ most-wanted list for this hot romance genre! Patience Bloom, Senior Editor…

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Five Tips to Preserve that Post-Workshop and Conference Enthusiasm

by Patience Bloom You’ve just returned from your first (or eighteenth) Romance Writers of America conference–or meeting of your local romance chapter. You’re on that high after spending time with writer-friends, and the lessons you learned were life-changing. After unpacking your clothes, swag, and free books, you throw yourself on the couch for a restful…

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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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Advice from the Archives: How to Spot Problem Areas in Your Story

By Patience Bloom (from her blog) It happens to every romance writer. You have a polished piece of work in front of you, but you feel something isn’t quite right. Maybe you should go over it one more time. Maybe the editor will love it even though you kind of don’t. Does love matter if…

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Harlequin Refresh! Bringing Scenes to Life!

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 know if you’re really ready? One answer is that, on a gut level, you feel ready and that’s just how it is. Excellent!…

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The Black Moment: How to raise the romantic stakes before the HEA

By Patience Bloom, Senior Editor, Harlequin Romantic Suspense What is a black moment? In a romance novel, the black moment occurs when the hero and heroine lose all hope in love. Their lives might be in danger, too, or another crisis might wrench them apart. But the main issue is that their happily-ever-after may not…

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#RomanceIncludesYou: Finding your romance voice

This post was previously published in a different version on So You Think You Can Write. We’re republishing here as part of our #RomanceIncludesYou initiative to introduce new authors to writing for Harlequin. Read on for tips from Senior Editor Patience Bloom on the sometimes elusive concept of “voice” in writing. A writer’s voice is…

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Write a Book in 150 Days: Sensuality Check-In

by Patience Bloom We hope you have been motivating yourself—and each other—to keep writing these last few months. We’re closing in on that December deadline fast, though I’m sure for some, it might not seem fast enough. Writing is hard work! How has it been for you? Do you have days where you can’t bear…

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