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The Challenges of Writing That Second Book

Photo by energepic.com on Pexels.com Or third, or I suppose now I'm starting on a fourth... I first published this post after releasing my first novel in 2019. Since then, I completed the second book that I was writing about and released it as Where Shall I Flee? in November of 2021. Now I'm working… Continue reading The Challenges of Writing That Second Book

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2021 NaNoWrap-Up and an Interview

We've made it to another weekend! If your December is like mine, it's flying by in great leaps. Before it gets away from me completely, today I'm taking a moment to pause and update you on the results of November's NaNoWriMo challenge and to share a lovely opportunity I had to visit another writer's blog.… Continue reading 2021 NaNoWrap-Up and an Interview

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An Interview with Author Jonathon Mast

Hello Readers and Writers! Author Jonathon Mast graciously agreed to stop by for an interview and to let me throw all sorts of questions at him. I hope you find his insights on writing and publishing as interesting (and entertaining) as I did! SO, Jon, when did you become “a writer”? Was it something you… Continue reading An Interview with Author Jonathon Mast

Deepest Fears, Publishing, Storytelling, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Whaddya Mean You Don’t Like My Protagonist?!

I'm on the verge of launching a new story, which means introducing new protagonists and hoping they "play well" together. While their personalities are different than the characters from my first book, (i.e. the characters this post was about when I wrote it a few years ago) the lessons are essentially the same. I hope… Continue reading Whaddya Mean You Don’t Like My Protagonist?!

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Mining for WWII History (and Character Backgrounds)

Image courtesy of Joel Dinda, via flickr.com. License information linked here. When writing fiction, choosing a solid character name is important. (See my last post for details on THAT struggle.) Developing a solid background for that character is just as essential—if you don’t know who your characters are, how can you write about them? As… Continue reading Mining for WWII History (and Character Backgrounds)

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Revealing Traits of The Brothers Karamazov Through Secondary Characters

Being a parent, a teacher, and a writer, I've received my fair share of unsolicited advice. I've tucked some of the helpful bits into my memory. Others I've let slip away. As I began to prepare for this post, one came piece of advice came to mind from waaaaaay back in my dating days. I… Continue reading Revealing Traits of The Brothers Karamazov Through Secondary Characters

History Class, Podcasts, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

I’m Talking About Writing Historical Fiction on the Merry Writer Podcast

Photo by Israel Palacio courtesy of Unsplash.com Good morning Readers and Writers! If you didn't get enough of hearing my melodious(?) voice on Our American Stories last week, today author Ari Meghlen is hosting me on the podcast that she and Rachel Poli host: The Merry Writer. After years of chatting with Ari online, it… Continue reading I’m Talking About Writing Historical Fiction on the Merry Writer Podcast

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“The Big Parade,” a Silent Story

After a hectic end of the school year and a couple of weeks absorbed in final book edits (hopefully final, anyway, though I keep having dreams that I've forgotten something) the new blog post I had in mind is taking a back seat to some much needed family time. Instead, I thought I'd revisit this… Continue reading “The Big Parade,” a Silent Story

Motherhood, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Fictional Babies Never Spit Up

I first published this on The Naptime Author in August of 2018. My kids are older, and the messes...well, they don't include diapers anymore at least. My current manuscript includes some children and this "dusted-off" post made me smile. I hope you enjoy it, too, Readers! -Anne *** Ah, details. There's nothing like a detail that's… Continue reading Fictional Babies Never Spit Up

Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Guest Post by JPC Allen: Winter Weather as Writing Inspiration

Author and blogger JPC Allen shares writing prompts and tips on her blog JPC Allen Writes. Today she's visiting to share some wintery inspiration. Happy reading and writing! -Anne Image courtesy of TORSPOMEDIA via Unsplash.com The weather is a villain any writer can use. It’s better than a human one because it doesn’t require a… Continue reading Guest Post by JPC Allen: Winter Weather as Writing Inspiration