I did not dodge the virus. In 2020 and 2021, stories proliferated of people losing family, friends, and loved ones to the deadly coronavirus that swept the globe. Terrifying, but it remained, for me, word of mouth. In late summer 2020, my husband and I welcomed our 29-year-old son back to our home when his job ended… Continue reading Hemingway dodged it. Did you?
Do you delve into research, dipping one toe at a time as you write? Or do you dive headfirst before you write word one? Whether you write contemporary or historical fiction, you will need to do research. Otherwise, you could find yourself fifty-thousand words into a manuscript and discover you've written your characters into a… Continue reading Researching Research | Ane Mulligan
In 2015, after spending a year writing my first manuscript, I attended a Christian writer’s conference. Talk about an eye-opener. The most valuable experience during those three days was Eva Marie Everson’s critique of my first three chapters. Her professional feedback made it clear my work was far from ready for primetime. At the same… Continue reading Four P’s on a Writer’s Journey | Pat Nichols
Last week at the online Women in Publishing Summit, I learned a new term: Literary Citizenship. Jane Friedman, editor of The Hot Sheet and publishing industry expert, mentioned the concept during her presentation, “Changes in the Publishing Industry.” She defined it as “a community of people in the publishing industry who support each other.” Jane… Continue reading Literary Citizenship | Jill K Willis
The 1918 Spanish Flu killed an estimated 50 to 100 million people in 15 months, according to the most widely cited analysis. There were living historians during that time. They wrote letters and journals that we have access to today. 1918 Mask-wearing rules implemented. We don’t yet have statistics for the duration and the loss… Continue reading History is Now—Write Your Story | Allyson Lewis