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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…


Four Ways Reading Can Make You a Better Writer

by Anna Wahler You know what writers love to talk about? How little time they have to write. I already wrote this post about small ways in which you can work writing into your schedule, but since the problem never Read more…


Scary History: Salem Witch Trials

by Amanda Mae Downey It’s October, which means one thing⸻it’s time for Spooktober, which is something I just made up because I’m a festive mess. I have two posts this month, so I’ll try my hardest to give you a Read more…


Queen Elizabeth I Makes Pirating a Sport

Francis Drake

by Amanda Mae Downey The Tudors were one hell of a family. It’s not as if there ever was a royal family that was well-adjusted. With the Tudors, the Medicis, the Bourbons, and those wacky Borgias running amuck, it was Read more…


Weird History: The Curse of Sarah Winchester

Sarah Lockwood

by Amanda Mae Downey So, as a lover of history, I learn a lot of strange things, but I don’t always have the ability to work them into my Five Real-Life People articles. Tragic, I know. So I’m starting a Read more…


Five Speedy Ways to Brainstorm When You’ve Got Writer’s Block

by Amanda Mae Downey   If you’re a writer, then you know the struggle of getting caught in a creative headlock. Being in the throes of creativity is what we all dream of, but it’s clear that nobody wants to 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…


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 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…