My Top Five Writing Distractions

Each and every writer gets distracted. Deny it if you like, but you know what distracts you from your goals the most. Here are my top five writing distractions. Research Rabbit Holes As a historical adventure writer, research is part of my personal journey. When the idea for my work in progress first came forth,Continue reading “My Top Five Writing Distractions”

Eight Things I’ve Already Researched by Jan 8th

The new year’s just begun but I didn’t take a break from researching at all. In fact, since removing one of my villains late last year, my work level increased ten fold as other characters rose to the challenge. With this change came the need for deeper character development, and the need for more research.Continue reading “Eight Things I’ve Already Researched by Jan 8th”

The Order of Things

I am writing an historical adventure novel. At one point in time I dreamt of it being a fantastical one as well but when I realized I was biting off more than I could chew for a first novel I downgraded it to purely historical. Another problem arose: should it be true to the historical timelineContinue reading “The Order of Things”

The Complex Nature of Working Titles

Working titles are just that: working titles. When I first started this journey into this novel (that’s going on two years now), I was convinced I wanted to name it Carrick. In Pittsburgh history, Carrick is a historic neighborhood founded in the 1700s and was not given the name Carrick until the 1853 when itContinue reading “The Complex Nature of Working Titles”

Beta Readers Exist?

When I first ventured into this new phase of my life I never knew there was such a thing as a “beta reader.” As I looked more into it the more I realized that maybe I should find a few of my own. But then that “fear” crept up again. You know…the fear Of courseContinue reading “Beta Readers Exist?”

It’s Okay to Take a Break

For the past six months I have been researching. Researching so much that I felt overloaded with information and that overload caused me to have to take a break. I find myself still staring at four library books I’m praying are not overdue. But that’s when I realized, two weeks ago, that I needed aContinue reading “It’s Okay to Take a Break”

#WriteTip

Short #writetip for my fellow #novelvirgins I have been researching my first novel for seven months. Seven. Granted, I took a break over the Thanksgiving/Christmas period because it just became too much with normal life. But that’s the trick, isn’t it? Knowing when too much is just…too much? I don’t know how it is forContinue reading “#WriteTip”

Puddled in Your Head

Stardate 94770.64 Does it feel like you’ve been researching way too long without producing much? Does it feel like way too much information has puddled in your head with no relief? Earlier this week I felt the same way. With one-third of my journal filled I was feeling overwhelmed until I decided to bite theContinue reading “Puddled in Your Head”

On History and Etymology

In order to write a historical novel, it can be helpful to know more history than what is happening as a whole rather than just in your own novel’s settings – why people think how they think, how they speak and what events they know. All can help shape a character’s actions. #shortwritetip

Libraries

If you are looking for a library to research in and you are in the Pittsburgh area, I suggest stopping by the Northland Public Library. Not only is their staff incredibly knowledgeable and helpful, but they have a tiny little snack store with a microwave where you can refuel if you want to keep working.Continue reading “Libraries”