Category: Writing

Crafting Strong Openings

This is from our Advice from the Archives treasure trove, written in 1993 by Anne Canadeo and Mary-Theresa Hussey and addressed to editors (but very helpful for writers). As we encourage you to submit, we want to bring you helpful tips and encouragement. So let’s start at the very beginning and guide you toward creating…

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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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Getting the Call: Meet Julie Danvers!

Ever since I was young, I’ve wanted to be a writer. I grew up in a rural area, and books provided the adventures I craved. I dreamed of writing the kinds of books I loved to read: sprawling fantasy novels, suspenseful thrillers, and mysteries with irresistible twists. Romance didn’t exactly make the list. I liked…

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#WritingFail: Because Nobody Said Writing a Book Was Easy

USA TODAY bestselling Harlequin DARE author Cara Lockwood is joining us today to discuss the difficulty of writing when doubts—and photos of adorable animals—get in the way. Cara’s newest Harlequin DARE book, Double Dare You, is available now! I know I should be writing that next chapter. My manuscript is open on my computer, cursor…

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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. With our Romance Includes You mentorship submissions closing next week, we thought now would be the…

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Top Ten Reasons to Love a Fake Married (Or Engaged or Dating…) Romance

This top ten list is off the desk of Megan Broderick, Assistant Editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense and Special Edition. Fake Relationship is one of my favorite tropes of all time. It probably started with all those procedurals I watched as a kid where they would have to go undercover as a married couple and…

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Write a Book in 150 Days: Where to Start?

by Patience Bloom As you’ve read in Birgit Davis Todd’s motivating post, we want to encourage you to get going on that book you’ve always wanted to write. And if it’s for Harlequin, so much the better! We hope that you’ll check out this site for inspiration, guidance, and interaction with our editors. Where to…

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Share your inspiration! Why do you write?

This year Harlequin’s parent company, HarperCollins Publishers, celebrates their 200th anniversary. As a part of this celebration, they are encouraging book lovers everywhere to share what reading means to them, using the hashtag #WhyIRead.  Many of our Harlequin authors have also shared their thoughts on why they read, why they write, and books that have…

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Top Ten Reasons to Write a Small Town Romance

Fresh off the desk of Kayla King, editorial assistant for Harlequin Intrigue and Harlequin Nocturne (@KJReadsRomance). It’s no surprise that small town romances have more or less become their own subgenre. From contemporary to romantic suspense to paranormal romance, the setting of a small town brings a set of special qualities to a novel. 1.…

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Top Ten Reasons to Love the Bad Boy

This top ten list is off the desk of Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue and Harlequin Nocturne. What is it about the bad boy? Every time one shows up on the page my heart races and I just have to know more.  I don’t know about you, but it’s one of my favorite…

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