How To Write In An Authentic Historical Voice

How to Write in an Authentic Historical Voice

Let’s say you’re writing a book set in the 14th Century. Naturally, as a diligent and conscientious writer, you want to do your research and write with an authentic historical voice. In fact, you’re so good and so authentic that what you end up with is something like this: Whilom, as olde stories tellen us, ther […]

Authenticity vs. Accuracy: How To Ace Your Novel Research

Novel Research: 12 Ways to Ace Your Book

I’m starting to get paranoid. It happens with every book I write. I reach the end of the first draft, start tying off loose ends on the first round of edits, and prepare to send the book to my first round of beta readers. That’s when I inevitably start asking myself panicked questions about the accuracy of of […]

7 Easy Ways to Research a Historical Novel (What I Learned Writing Storming)

7 Easy Ways to Research a Historical Novel (What I Learned Writing Storming)

This week’s video offers seven can’t-ignore tips for streamlining your process in figuring out how to research a historical novel–or any type of novel. Video Transcript: I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of lessons I learned while writing my historical/dieselpunk novel Storming—which releases in one week on Dec. 4th! This is the series’ fourth and […]

How to Research Your Book Smarter, Instead of Harder

How to Research Your Book Smarter, Instead of Harder

Writing is hard. How’s that for a downer first thing in the morning? But it’s true—particularly when it comes to finding time to write. There are so many necessary tasks—marketing, networking, running a business, etc.—fighting for your time. And then, once you do get down to the planning, drafting, or revising you’ve been longing to do, you’re often […]

How Important Is It for Authors to Do On-Location Research?

How Important Is It for Authors to Do On-Location Research?

Location, location, location: That triple endorsement of any piece of real estate’s prime value also serves to remind writers of our need to do on-location research of the venues that star in our story worlds. Or, to corrupt one of our profession’s prime idioms: every once in a while you need to get your rear out of the […]

Novel Research: When Should You Consider Working With a Technical Consultant?

Novel Research: When Should You Consider Working With a Technical Consultant?

Three years ago I embarked upon an insane journey to do novel research on a series about a world I knew almost nothing about. Fortunately, I was rescued from this shaky course when I found a technical consultant who is an expert on the subject. And not just any expert: the expert. My subject was the NYPD […]

Research Your Book Without Even Trying

This week’s video encourages you to research your book before you even start thinking about writing—and offers techniques on how to do it. Video Transcript: Even when we write what we know, most books usually end up requiring us to do research, to one extent or another. Personally, since most of my stories seem to […]

Do Authors Need to Travel for Research?

This post is by  Sanjida O’Connell. Stef Penney, bestselling author of The Tenderness of Wolves, is famously agoraphobic. To research her novel, set in the Canadian wilderness, she barely made it to the British Library. At least she had an excuse. Two authors of books recently published on Haiti and China have both answered the question, Do authors need to […]

What Non-Fiction Authors Can Teach Novelists

Do you aspire to write a novel as breathtaking as Huckleberry Finn? Mark Twain cheated. He brought to his fiction a skill set he developed under his given name, Samuel Clemens, as a journalist. Twain the novelist knew that a riveting opening, skillful incorporation of dialogue, and compelling details are all tools he could mine […]

4 Reasons to Mimic the Masters—and 3 Reasons Not to

If I say you should copy another writer, would you call the plagiarism police and poke me in a padded cell? If so, get your cuffs and straitjacket ready, because that’s exactly what I’m about to tell you. Of course, copying doesn’t have to mean stealing. Copying another writer boils down to nothing more or […]