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Five problems you may be having with your novel critique process and how to fix them

By Anna Wahler Finishing a draft of your novel is an amazing step forward. You can now count yourself among the people that not only talk about writing, but really write. However, the next steps that await aren’t downhill yet. Read more…


Three Badasses from Polish Scientific History

By Anna Wahler Quick–which scientist of Polish origin was born this day–November 7– in 1867? If you guessed Marie Curie, you’d be correct! In honor of the first woman to have been award the Nobel Prize, I am going to Read more…


The story of the USSR’s Amazing Female WWII Aviators

By Anna Wahler When it came to female pilots, the USA had the WASPS, the UK had the WAAF, but the Soviet Union was the only nation in which women flew aircraft in combat roles. The most famous of these Read more…


Novel-in-a-month Challenge

By Anna Wahler   Most writers have a favorite part of the novel writing process. Maybe you enjoy the freedom for a first draft, or you love the feeling of revising after having gotten all your ideas down on paper. Read more…


Historic Airplane Adventures in Seattle

By Anna Wahler Last week Amanda posted about our visit to the ship The Lady Washington–and how real-life experiences related to your writing can be a great source of inspiration and creativity. This week I wanted to share a similar Read more…


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…