Research It | The Pen

September. Leaves are changing color, Fall fever is in the air, and students are returning to school. That means raking yards (yuck), pumpkin spiced everything a bit too early, and an influx of new school and office supplies to make every writer’s heart skip a beat. If you’re a frequent visitor of my blog youContinue reading “Research It | The Pen”

Facing It | Four Writing Personalities

I think that most of those who write, including myself, have dreamed of having their name included among the greatest authors of their time, from time to time anyway. So I’ve listed, down below, several things I tried and learned they’re things I just cannot do. Or. rather, need more time accomplishing. The next pointsContinue reading “Facing It | Four Writing Personalities”

Facing It | Receiving Advice

I’ve touched upon this topic a little bit already in an earlier post, how there’s a fine line between going back over a chapter you’ve already written ten times over without letting yourself just write the story. But now I feel like I’ve gotten far enough along to where I actually need to start paying furtherContinue reading “Facing It | Receiving Advice”

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”

What Inspired The Firedamp Chronicles

It was literally a dream. Without sounding prophetical or in need of being admitted to an asylum, that is exactly how the idea for Firedamp came about. A dream. The kind of dream that was so vivid that you wake up after and you have to wonder if it actually happened or not. So I hadContinue reading “What Inspired The Firedamp Chronicles”

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?”

Why You Should Research

Every writer has to start somewhere. Every potential author needs to know that they don’t know everything. That, quite honestly, is one of the cold hard truths of the fast-paced publishing world. When I started this book last September, all I had was one tiny idea. One tiny element that would eventually grow to beContinue reading “Why You Should Research”

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

Locations Locations

Question: How many locations do I really want to attempt to squeeze into my historical novel? There are so many in one State alone that it is difficult to narrow it down. All of them have potential and fit into my time frame. Answer: Outline. Outline outline outline. I believe I have passed the pointContinue reading “Locations Locations”