Tag: research

Research It | Item 3: Covered Bridges of Pennsylvania

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…

Research It | Item 2: 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…

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…

Research It | Item 1: 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…

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…

Facing It | Receiving the 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…

#WQOTD: On Racism in Literature

Stardate 96178.85 With racism still present in modern society, there will always be that one person who will use a slur without a second thought. They think that it’s right because it’s what they’ve been brought up using. But when it comes to literature, there…

The True Order of Things vs. the Fictional Order of Things

Stardate 95650.99 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…

What Inspired Me to Write #firedamp

Stardate 95237.46 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…

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…

Why You Should Research Your Historical Novel

Stardate 94766.96: #writetip 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…

Pros and Cons of Writing

Stardate 94261.87 I threw that wish in the well, and you know for sure I will tell cuz I am ready for this and nothing’s in my way… Did I really just rewrite the first two lines of Carly Rae Jepson’s Call Me Maybe…