Queer History: Four Times LGBT People were Erased from History

Queer History

by Amanda Mae Downey In just fifty years, life for the LGBTQ+ community has gotten better in many ways. Not only is there more visibility in the media, but people are generally more accepting, and in recent years, rights have Read more…


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 Real-Life Princesses to Inspire your Next Character

real-life princesses

by Amanda Mae Downey Princesses and Princes get the short end of the royal scepter. Blame it on the fairytales if you want, but we just don’t give them the same respect we give their family members. Princesses have ended 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…


How Taking a Break can Improve your Writing

by Anna Wahler At the moment, I’m taking a break from my current manuscript and working on a side project. It’s completely different from my long-term writing in a number of aspects. In the past I’ve had mixed feelings about Read more…


Historical Weapons That Prove that Hindsight is 20/20

  by Amanda Mae Downey Throughout history, we’ve seen the invention of aeroplanes, smartphones, and the underrated bendy straw. Unfortunately, there have been a lot of really bad ideas too. And gosh, what better place to exercise your potentially harmful Read more…


Three Crazy and Absurd Russian-Language Writers you may Have Never Heard of

by Anna Wahler     Mention Russian literature and many people think of giant novels like War and Peace, or philosophically complex creations like Crime and Punishment. The awesome thing is that there’s so much more weird, funny stuff out Read more…


We Got a Makeover!

by Amanda Mae Downey   Hey guys! If you’ve been sticking around, then things probably look a little different. Over the weekend, I gave PoP a makeover because she was looking a little sad. We’re the same website, but we 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…