Three Blog Ideas That Worked

Last week I shared a companion post to this one, Three Blog Ideas that Failed. In it I stressed that blogging is subjective. What’s worked for one site may not have the same reception on another. Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers. Brian Clark,Continue reading “Three Blog Ideas That Worked”

Two Introverts Walk Into a Conference

I am an introvert and creature of habit. Everything in my home has purpose and a place to go, a structured schedule gives me life, and I’m in my element when alone. “I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in myContinue reading “Two Introverts Walk Into a Conference”

My Multiple MC Problem

Even though I’ve done a lot of writing since childhood, this is the first time I’ve attempted something as big as Project Firedamp. Not only are there a lot of moving parts, historical facts to keep straight, and cultural differences to look out for, things are in their early stages and I’ve got time toContinue reading “My Multiple MC Problem”

The First Ten Bookmarks in My Writing Folder

Quick links, bookmarks and folders, oh my! If you’re a writer who prefers keys at your fingertips rather than a typewriter, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. Bookmarks are incredibly useful things when you want to save a link for future referral in your web browser, or even as an icon on yourContinue reading “The First Ten Bookmarks in My Writing Folder”

How Removing One Villain Solved Everything

I’m one of those people who learn lessons the hard way. It’s a stubborn streak I inherited from three of my grandparents. As much as I love them – thanks guys. Some cycles are harder to break than others. This can be applied to characters you create for stories as well. You fall in loveContinue reading “How Removing One Villain Solved Everything”

Seven Single-Use Things I No Longer Buy

Some time ago, I blogged about things I’d decluttered from my home and my life. It’s been some time since that original post, so I thought I’d discuss seven single-use things I no longer buy. No, my blog isn’t turning into a low-waste one, but things are changing in my habits and lifestyle that IContinue reading “Seven Single-Use Things I No Longer Buy”

18 Links Any Writer Can Use

To be borderline cliche with this post’s opening statement, the Internet can be a vast, confusing place. With so many voices giving advice both good and bad, how do you even begin to choose what’s right for you? So, then, how can you trust anything I have to say? I didn’t mean to go allContinue reading “18 Links Any Writer Can Use”

Seven Grammar Terms I’ve Definitely Forgotten

Written words and spoken words are two very different beasts, especially if you’re a historical adventure writer like I am. The trickiest bit has been figuring out how authentic I want to be with sentence structure, word choice and so on. You’d think that, as a writer, I’d enjoy learning all the technical terms thatContinue reading “Seven Grammar Terms I’ve Definitely Forgotten”

Books, Blogging, and Believing

About a month ago I changed up the banner on this website, switching it up from simply saying “Another Hartman Author” or my name, Leigh A. Hartman. I know websites, particularly authoring websites, are “supposed” to have the writer’s name highlighted. However, I’ve always felt, for myself anyway, that having my full name be atContinue reading “Books, Blogging, and Believing”

How To Have Fun Editing

One of my favorite lessons from grade school was when we learned the proof reading symbols for fixing our sentences. I love looking back through the process, marking things up, moving bits around (just like I’m doing now as I write this post). Yes, I’m that dork. Others hate editing. They’d rather write and letContinue reading “How To Have Fun Editing”