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Weird History: The Parties of New England’s Most Ridiculous Castle

by Amanda Mae Downey This summer for my birthday, I had the opportunity to travel up to Gloucester, Massachusetts where I stayed for a few days. It was an awesome trip. When I was looking up things to do, I Read more…


Five Pirate Misconceptions that are Hot Garbage

Pirate Myths

by Amanda Mae Downey Thieves, rogues, scoundrels, and outcasts. The world over has been fascinated with pirates despite the suffering they caused. Who were the pirates? Simply put, and for the purpose of this in-depth look at the truth behind Read more…


Five Real-Life Criminals to Inspire Your Next Character

By Amanda Mae Downey That’s right. Today I’m back at it again with the third installment of my Five Real-Life People series. I’ve covered Pirates and Princesses, but today we’re going to talk about the biggest assholes we know–the people Read more…


Five Reasons Why Your Animal Characters Aren’t Unique

animal characters

by Amanda Mae Downey It’s almost a trope at this point–man’s best friend, and sidekick, is a animal that’s just a little smarter than he or she is. Including an animal character can be fun, it can show off your Read more…


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 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…


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…