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Setting the Scene: 3 Tips for Researching a Location
“Write what you know” isn’t always the best advice, but “write what you know of” usually is. When it comes to setting, a little research can help a lot. (You don’t need to be a native of Nashville, Tennessee to set a story there, for instance, but you do need to know a little bit more about it ...
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Bookish Spring Cleaning: Tackling the TBR
You may or may not know that it is officially springtime. Since here in New York we’ve gotten nothing but brief interludes of sunlight amid a merciless onslaught of inappropriate precipitation, I have forgiven myself for not cleaning out my apartment as I’m told folks are wont to do in this season. Instead, I cleaned out my TBR ...
Bookish Blends: The Perfect Tea to Sip While Devouring Your Next YA Read
If you’re anything like me, you might spend a lot of time trying to achieve the perfect level of coziness so you can really dive in to your current reading material. Maybe you need to light the perfect scented candle or wrap yourself entirely in blankets. Personally, I like a cup of tea for coziness. Here are a few ...
Be Your Own Muse: 3 Inspiration Hacks for When It’s Just Not Coming to You
Finding the motivation to
write is easy when you're bursting with ideas—or better yet, when you find
yourself excited about one particular idea and absolutely must write it down.
Unfortunately, if this was the only instance in which writers sat down to
write, no one would ever finish writing anything. Inspiration needs to be
backed up by other ...
Historical Fiction Tips: Getting Started with Research
As a reader, I love historical fiction. When executed well, a work of historical fiction has the power to transport the reader to a world as lush as fantasy but grounded in a realistic setting that was very real and in some ways informs our world today. But pulling this off is a difficult feat for any first-time author, and ...