1 05, 2021

Storytelling Tips – Vexed and Blessed

2021-05-01T22:22:19+00:00May 1st, 2021|Storytelling Tips|

Vexed and Blessed American essayist and novelist Wendell Berry once said of parenting that it was “a vexed privilege and a blessed trial.”  I think that’s true of writing historical novels, too. I do feel privileged to be able to tell the stories set in another place and time. I love the research, the

13 04, 2021

Storytelling Tips – Writing Historical Novels

2021-04-13T22:45:56+00:00April 13th, 2021|Storytelling Tips|

Tips for Writing Historical Novels Begin with an unanswered question or something strange you want to thoroughly explore – a person, an incident, a time period that intrigues – a story that calls your name and won’t let you go. Don’t write unless you have to. Write one sentence each to answer these questions:

18 03, 2021

Storytelling Tips – Groping

2021-03-18T22:46:21+00:00March 18th, 2021|Storytelling Tips|

Groping Someone once asked physicist Albert Einstein how he worked.  “I grope,” he answered. I like that answer because I feel like I grope, too. I write mostly about real people, dead people one might say, and “groping dead people” doesn’t seem like a good way to spend one's time but it's my way.

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