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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…


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…


Five Real-Life Pirates to Inspire your Next Character

by Amanda Mae Downey Real-life pirates weren’t the nicest guys and gals. They didn’t have peg legs or happy parrots on their shoulders. They were actually kind of sick, and as you know, us writers love taking inspiration from sick 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…