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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…


Finding the Balance with Historical Accuracy

When you’re writing historical fiction, you need to get your facts straight–right? But the important thing to remember is that you’re writing a novel, not a textbook. It can be frustrating to try and keep your novel true to life, Read more…