Three Crazy and Absurd Russian-Language Writers you may Have Never Heard of

by Anna Wahler     Mention Russian literature and many people think of giant novels like War and Peace, or philosophically complex creations like Crime and Punishment. The awesome thing is that there’s so much more weird, funny stuff out Read more…


We Got a Makeover!

by Amanda Mae Downey   Hey guys! If you’ve been sticking around, then things probably look a little different. Over the weekend, I gave PoP a makeover because she was looking a little sad. We’re the same website, but we Read more…


Seven Lies You Believe About Diversity in Fiction

by Amanda Mae Downey For your next novel, try adding in a gay, bipolar Latin American waitress who, despite having been abducted before, still does not believe in aliens. That’s good diversity. Or is it? The diversity argument is one Read more…


Five Steps for Interesting Characters

  By Amanda Mae Downey Currently I’m in the process of editing my WIP, Corvus. When I talk to other writers about our insecurities with our manuscripts, I often hear about characters. Everyone worries about whether they have interesting characters Read more…


Constructed Language Creation: Five Tips to Help You

By Amanda Mae Downey Today I’m going to talk about something a little different. As you might know, I consider my writing to be within the realm of historical fiction. My current manuscript, which has a lot to do with Read more…


Writing Foreign Language Settings and Characters

By Anna Wahler A great writer can make a reader forget that their settings are only made of words, their characters are only fiction–and even what language they’re reading in. If you’re writing a novel set in a foreign country, Read more…


The Real Fighter Boys Behind the Cast of So Long as We Live

By Anna Wahler In my current historical fiction project, So Long as we Live, I knew I wanted to create my own characters to populate my fictional squadron, rather than include the names of real pilots. And yet when it Read more…


My Current Research Plan

by Anna Wahler My historical fiction manuscript, So Long as we Live is currently in its second round of beta readers. For me, historical accuracy is very important. You can check out my thoughts, as well as Amanda Mae’s in Read more…


Compelling Historical Villains

by Anna Wahler Historical fiction is no different from other genres in that a strong antagonist makes for a strong story. But when it comes to history, your villains can no longer be wizards, starship captains, or dystopian overlords. They Read more…


Five Real-Life Pirates to Inspire your Next Character

by Amanda Mae Downey Real-life pirates weren’t the nicest guys and gals. They didn’t have peg legs or happy parrots on their shoulders. They were actually kind of sick, and as you know, us writers love taking inspiration from sick Read more…


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