Category: romance writing

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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Let’s Talk about Plot

We wanted to talk a little about plot and found this useful blog post from one of our past contributors. Here are some basics… What is a plot? Plot in its most basic form is a series of linked events that take place. It is the stuff that stories are made of.  Without it your…

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Harlequin Welcomes More Submissions from Black Authors

The romance writing and reading community includes people of all backgrounds, communities and cultures who share an enjoyment of stories that celebrate love and happiness. Harlequin is committed to bringing readers a wide range of stories that reflect our diverse society. We want to publish more diverse and inclusive voices and stories. We welcome all…

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5 Reasons Why You Need a Setting

by Patience Bloom When you are writing a romance, it can be easy to forget about setting. Your protagonists are wrapped up in a love cocoon, grappling with their conflicts. Classic romance hooks abound with a baby, maybe a cowboy, a wedding, a stuck-in-an-elevator night of passion, a pregnancy, a misunderstanding, and at the end,…

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Warriors Wanted Blitz: Tips from the Harlequin Historical Editors

Whether you’re polishing up your entry for the Warriors Wanted blitz or looking for some general historical romance writing advice, the Harlequin/Mills & Boon UK editors share their top tips to make your story stand out from the crowd… Commissioning Editor Vic Britton says… “For me, the opening few lines to a story can make…

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Advice from the Archives: #Writing Fail – Because Nobody Said Writing a Book Was Easy

In this post from our Archives, originally published November 2019, USA TODAY bestselling Harlequin DARE author Cara Lockwood discusses difficulty of writing when doubts—and photos of adorable animals—get in the way. If you’re feeling distracted or doubtful lately, give this a read, and remember, no one said writing was easy! I know I should be writing that next chapter.…

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10 Ways To Make Your Submission Stand Out

Discovering new writing talent is the one of the most exciting things we get to do as editors. But how can you help yourself catch an editor’s eye? Read on for our top tips… Do your series research! You can pitch an editor a great idea, but if it’s not something we can actually acquire,…

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