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The Real Men and Women of Warsaw who Inspired Street of Peacocks

By Anna Wahler Welcome to the last installment in my series of real-life inspiration, where I write about the real men and women who inspired the fictional characters in my historical novels! If you missed the previous posts, you can Read more…


Two Major events in Polish WWII History you may be Misunderstanding

World War Two had a devastating and long-lasting impact on Poland. The capitol, Warsaw, was especially hard-hit by the war, as it was a major center for resistance against the German occupation, beginning in autumn 1939. Warsaw was the setting Read more…


Four Tips on how to Stay Organized while Drafting your Fiction

By Anna Wahler Writing a novel or long piece of fiction can involve many drafts, and with it many notes that can easily become overwhelming. I like to organize my notes in good old-fashioned paper-bound notebooks, and through some trial 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…


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…


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…