Category: Writing Tips

Patience’s Pet Peeves…. (But No Dealbreakers!)

Yes, we’re repurposing another blog from Senior Editor Patience Bloom’s own blog – Romance Is My Day Job. But they are just too good not to keep repeating! Here’s the latest scoop… In my romance reading, I encounter things that prompt a secret eye-rolling event, which I try to suppress because of karma. I know how hard writers work, pouring…

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Stirring up a Harlequin Intrigue by Lena Diaz…

  Lena Diaz sold her first Harlequin Intrigue in 2011–and she’s just contracted her ninth title! She writes emotional, exciting, juicy stories and we’ve asked her how she creates her magic… How do I write a Harlequin Intrigue? Today I’m sharing my process, from beginning to end. Let’s dive right in!   The Story Idea…

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Cracking Romantic Suspense according to Patience Bloom

Today we’re thankful for Senior Editor Patience Bloom, a favorite blogger here! So when she volunteered to tell us exactly what she wants to see in the next new author for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, well, we couldn’t wait to find out! Check out the Writing Guidelines as well… Harlequin Romantic Suspense: In Search of… By Patience…

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Harlequin Editors Say Avoid Plotting Pitfalls!

Here’s another great insight from the UK’s “New Voices” competition a few years ago.  Characters Behaving Badly… Acting out of character for the sake of the plot is a no-no. If your characters start bending every which way just to reach your desired conclusion then you are writing puppets, not people. Individual motivations and reactions are…

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Harlequin Editor Patience Bloom on Revisions

Once more Senior Editor Patience Bloom graciously let us borrow from her own website, Romance Is My Day Job. This post on revisions appeared in June, but we’d like to share it with you again! My Love/Hate Relationship with Revisions I loathe writing revision letters but feel very satisfied once I’m finished with one, like I’ve done…

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Focus on Harlequin Love Inspired author Margaret Daley

Love Inspired author Margaret Daley writes at least four novels a year for two different lines. She juggles two miniseries, contributes to other projects, and always remains fresh and timely! The emotional tension in her stories of faith and love resonate with her fans. Here she gives some advice about keeping balance….   I write…

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Conference Pitch Dos and Don’ts

During the SYTYCW conference, Senior Editor Linda Fildew (Harlequin Historicals), Editor Susan Litman (Special Edition) and Associate Editor Karen Reid (Harlequin Superromance) got together for a Q&A with authors about Conference Pitch Dos and Don’ts. The full transcript can be found on the Harlequin Community Forum, but here are some select points. Q: What are…

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More Twitter Tips from Harlequin Editors….

Writing tips fly fast and furious on Twitter these days. Here’s a selection from the past few weeks…   Emily Rodmell @EmilyRodmell Follow guidelines, but don’t worry so much about “rules” that you commit the worst violation: writing a boring book. Susan Litman @Susan_Litman Never, ever submit anything to an editor or agent without a…

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