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”

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”

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”

Three Books I Read Again and Again

I cannot remember a time when I didn’t have a book in my hands. As an eighth grader in my small Christian elementary school I was voted as such with those superlative things. At halfway to age 34, not much has changed. If you’ve found your way here I’m sure you’ve been told the sameContinue reading “Three Books I Read Again and Again”

From Fan Fiction to Novels

There seems to be this stigma that comes with writing fan fiction. A stigma of, “Those people are dorks who spend way too much time involved in a fandom for something that isn’t real.” That’s only partially true. And the same can be said for novel writers. The other truth is that those who writeContinue reading “From Fan Fiction to Novels”

Facing It | Author Envy

Have you been able to pinpoint exactly why your favorite authors are, in fact, your favorite? Is it their writing style? Their genre? How active they are on their social media? What they do looks easy when you’re reading it, doesn’t it? They can pump out a new book every year or two so youContinue reading “Facing It | Author Envy”

Research It | Covered Bridges

Pennsylvania. The land of bridges. If you read my last post about the different kinds of maps, then you’ll know about topographical maps. If not, then the briefest definition of topography is the “detailed description or representation on a map of the natural and artificial features of an area” and is used mostly in theContinue reading “Research It | Covered Bridges”

Facing It | Publishing Temptations

Patience is a virtue. Have your parents or grandparent or older figure in your life ever said that to you when you were younger and you threw a tantrum when you didn’t see immediate results? That’s what this Facing It post is going to be all about. Let’s look at the very definition of patience.Continue reading “Facing It | Publishing Temptations”

Research It | The Map

In my first post of this series I discussed the history of the pen. Exciting stuff, I know. Before there were computers, the pen in all its many forms was the only way to go. Well, there’s the pencil, but that’s a post for another day. Oooh…pencils…. Today’s post is going to be all aboutContinue reading “Research It | The Map”

Facing It | Publishing Scams

Scammers. They’re everywhere. They find something normal and work to exploit those who don’t pay attention to the fine print. Scammers especially exist in the publishing world and I’d like to share a few examples here without specifically calling anyone out. I get it. You want to get your story out there as quickly as possible.Continue reading “Facing It | Publishing Scams”