Five Speedy Ways to Brainstorm When You’ve Got Writer’s Block

by Amanda Mae Downey   If you’re a writer, then you know the struggle of getting caught in a creative headlock. Being in the throes of creativity is what we all dream of, but it’s clear that nobody wants to Read more…


Five Facts about Aleksandr Pushkin that show why he’s Russia’s best-loved Writer

By Anna Wahler There’s a saying among Russians: “Pushkin is our Everything.” Aleksander Sergeyevich Pushkin (1799-1837) was indeed much more than just a writer to generations of Russians–he made the Russian literary language what it is today, inspired generations of Read more…


Five Pirate Misconceptions that are Hot Garbage

Pirate Myths

by Amanda Mae Downey Thieves, rogues, scoundrels, and outcasts. The world over has been fascinated with pirates despite the suffering they caused. Who were the pirates? Simply put, and for the purpose of this in-depth look at the truth behind Read more…


Three Essential Steps to Creating Character-Driven Stories

by Anna Wahler   Fiction has the freedom to be so many different things. Tight-paced and action-driven. Convoluted and full of mysteries. Or introspective and driven by characters. Character-driven stories have always been dear to my heart, both in terms Read more…


Four Great Ways to Incorporate Writing into a Busy Schedule

By Anna Wahler If you’re not lucky enough to have writing as a full-time job, or as a practice you can devote all your time and energy to, it probably goes without saying that the world is conspiring against us. Read more…


The Real-Life Inspiration Behind the Characters of Cynamon

By Anna Wahler Recently I updated my personal page to include all three of my historical fiction manuscripts taking place in WWII Poland and England. Check out the details here for more about each story! A little while ago I Read more…


Five Real-Life Criminals to Inspire Your Next Character

By Amanda Mae Downey That’s right. Today I’m back at it again with the third installment of my Five Real-Life People series. I’ve covered Pirates and Princesses, but today we’re going to talk about the biggest assholes we know–the people Read more…


How to Fill out an Exceptional Character Profile for Historical Fiction

By Anna Wahler A few weeks ago I made a post about how to get a little more in depth with character profiles. If you’re still on a roll with boosting your characters’ potential, then keep reading. If you haven’t Read more…


A Closer Look at the Rights of Viking Age Women

Viking Women

by Amanda Mae Downey So if you aren’t aware, yours truly is a freelance writer and viral content creator. Recently, I found myself tasked with doing a work project on Vikings which I took very seriously. I mean, who doesn’t Read more…


Four Tips for Making the Most out of Character Profiles

by Anna Wahler For many writers, it’s not the settings or plots that make writing captivating, but the chance to create fascinating and diverse characters that live lives we could only dream of. But when it comes time to create Read more…