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Guest Post: Creating an Authentic Historical Atmosphere with Elizabeth May

One of the most challenging aspects of writing historical fiction is building a believable atmosphere that resonates with contemporary readers. What many people don’t realize is that the farther back a book’s historical period goes, the more you might have the same difficulties a fantasy author might: worldbuilding and authenticity – only with the added pressure of being constrained by historical social rules and events. So here are some tips that might help get you […]

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2016 Debut Authors Share their Research Tips

The idea for this post came from a thread on the Sweet Sixteens’ discussion forum. Kali Wallace, who writes YA horror, posted a question for historical fiction writers. I thought it was great that a writer was reaching across genres to ask a question, and the replies were stellar! Thank you all for agreeing to let me share this great discussion with the readers of PubCrawl! (And stay tuned for more of Kali Wallace and […]

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Guest Post: Through the Looking Glass with Author Ilsa J. Bick

This is a true, but long-winded story all about writing and some of the research that went into The Dickens Mirror —because, man, I did a ton — so you might want to go grab a Coke or cup of coffee. Go ahead; I’ll wait. Back again?  All comfy?  All right, so true story: I’m in North Carolina on tour for Ashes, and visiting an independent bookstore. By this point, I’m tinkering with The Dark Passages; […]

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Tracing Inspiration

Most writers will get the “where do you get your ideas?” question at least once in their careers. Probably many, many times. Short of tossing out a snarky response like “J.C. Penney” or “the Idea catalog,” I usually reply, “From everything around me.” Helpful, right? I’m not kidding though. I’m actually not the most observant of people and I have a terrible memory, which is why I became a writer instead of a consulting detective. […]

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Five Tumblrs for Writers

When I first joined Tumblr in 2009, I recognized it as a paradise for fandom–practically every fandom under the sun. I was a refugee from Livejournal, looking for a little corner of the internet that was–then at least–a little quieter. What I didn’t expect, though, was for it to provide invaluable writing resources as well. Over the years, I’ve slowly gathered a list of writing-related Tumblr blogs that I read if not every day, at […]

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