Music That Drives My Writing

Does your writing reflect what you listen to? Does it match your story’s tone, pace, and action? Or is it so far removed that your eclectic choices surprise your die hard readers? While I do enjoy some bands like Faun, Loreena McKennitt and Enya, I mostly rock out to film scores, musical numbers and KoreanContinue reading “Music That Drives My Writing”

The Writer Tag | Take Two

The Writer Tag has been around for a long time. In fact, I already did one this February, which is why this is The Writer Tag Take Two. So I thought, on this day off of work, I’d revisit it and answer ten questions instead of twenty. Do you socialize with other writers? Mostly onContinue reading “The Writer Tag | Take Two”

All The Tropes I Want to Use But Won’t

When I first looked up writing tips, the word “trope” popped up everywhere – on YouTube, on Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest. Enter in a whole new world of terms to sift through. Let’s begin discussing tropes. To be unequivocally cliche here, Webster’s Dictionary defines a TROPE as: “a word or expression used in aContinue reading “All The Tropes I Want to Use But Won’t”

Back to the Basics

Many months ago I bought books. Lots of books. So many books that I’ve forgotten which ones I’ve read. That’s just my poor memory kicking in. During my book buying binge, (say that five times fast), I picked up a few grammar ones as well, including this one by Pamela Rice Hahn. The title doesContinue reading “Back to the Basics”

A #HistFic Hiatus

A short time ago I put up a blog post updating readers of this site on my progress. Rather, lack thereof. Through a Twitter conversation and a rather sleepless night in the late hours of the evening yesterday, things will be changing here at anotherhartmanauthor.com. While I am experiencing some trepidation with the thought ofContinue reading “A #HistFic Hiatus”

Writing and Life Updates

Happy Monday, all! Here we are with the start of Summer and change is most certainly in the air. The world feels like such a heavy place, doesn’t it? That’s why I try to keep things like politics, drama and the like, off my blog and my social media. What does this change mean forContinue reading “Writing and Life Updates”

My Top Ten Victorian Slang Words

Writing historical fiction isn’t easy. There are so many decisions I have to make to prevent myself from overdoing it with language and writing style. Do I try to match it with the time period? Do I use modern slang? How far into 1800s etymology do I really want to go? Research has been keyContinue reading “My Top Ten Victorian Slang Words”

Why Historical Fiction Matters (to me)

Cliches. There are so many cliches that come to mind when you’re trying to figure out how to start a blog post about writing (in general). It falls under that “nothing new under the sun” mantra. It’s like comparing every scifi show or book you read to the “Big Three” of the genre – StarContinue reading “Why Historical Fiction Matters (to me)”

The Writer Tag | Twenty Questions

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, they say. Now I may not understand half the Twitterness out there and some of it still confuses me, but I saw this one crop up recently and decided to participate. Apparently it’s been around for awhile and I’m just late to the party. But what elseContinue reading “The Writer Tag | Twenty Questions”

Useful Tools & Tags

Building an audience while still writing your manuscript(s) can be a tricky business. You either get noticed right away or it takes a long time. There always seems to be that one little niche that’s more popular than others, but don’t think that just because you haven’t grabbed readers’ attention right away that it’s neverContinue reading “Useful Tools & Tags”