Browsing:

Category: Writing

Five Creative ways to Make Progress During Writer’s Block

Writer's block

By Anna Wahler Maybe the following scenario sounds familiar. You’ve reached a standstill with your current manuscript and nothing seems to alleviate your writer’s block. You’re staring at a blinking cursor, knowing that your goals aren’t being met, and your Read more…


Five Ways to put a Creative New Twist on an Old Story

By Anna Wahler So you’ve found an amazing time period and setting for your next project. But what if lots of other writers have found that topic just as engaging as you do? While writing about a popular time and Read more…


Deus ex Machina: How to End Your Story with Impact

by Amanda Mae Downey Ending your story is hard. It’s not as easy as choreographing an epic battle between the protagonist and the villain or cleaning up the mess that is your plot with one epic scene. It’s never that 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…


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…


Portraying Real People in Historical Fiction

by Anna Wahler History is full of captivating men and women–without any character building required. But writing about human beings that really existed can come with a whole other slew of potential issues. Many writers have successfully integrated real men Read more…


Signs Your Historical Female Character Needs a Stronger Role

by Amanda Mae Downey Not too long ago, a colleague of mine was very excited to tell me that he was writing a book. When I asked him what it was about, he immediately confessed to not writing female characters. Read more…