The Secret of Writing a Biography

Very interesting and useful.

Author Linda Weaver Clarke

Have you considered writing a biography of your parents, grandparents, or your own life story? Whether you’re writing a story about a loved one or your own autobiography, you want to make the story intriguing for your readers. But it seems overwhelming to you. Right?

If you have an interesting character to write about, an inspiring story to tell, and an intriguing incident to describe… perhaps writing their experiences as short stories would be easier for you. Each chapter could be a short story. Creating a short story for each chapter might be easier than beginning at birth and listing one thing after another chronologically. I have a few tips to help you.

What is the main focus of your story? You may want your readers to

1. Cheer for someone

2. Weep for someone

3. Laugh at a humorous experience

Beginning your story can be difficult. Sometimes starting with…

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7 Easy Tips to Craft the Perfect Story

Maybe it helps some new writers too

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by Bella Williams. As an Assignment Expert, Bella delivers online sessions at Expert Assignment Help, helping students with writing essays and assignments. She is the co-founder and education consultant at Top My Grades. Beyond work, you can find her baking a fresh batch of cookies in her kitchen.

Writing | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

7 Easy tips to Craft your Perfect Story

The art of storytelling is perhaps one of the most effective ways of communicating an idea and compelling people to listen. Since the dawn of civilization, stories, myths, and fables have been instrumental in shaping our beliefs and perceptions of the world.

In modern times, the storytelling technique is among the best marketing tools used by brands to keep the customer engaged. From advertisements to social media reels, stories, and blog posts- interactive content is the need of the hour.

It doesn’t matter if you are a marketer…

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Old Anglo-Saxon Character Names

Onomastics are always interesting. My step grandson is named Albert…

Nicholas C. Rossis

As someone who knows how hard it can be to choose a character name for your fantasy novel, I came across some interesting discussions on Quora (here and here). They concerned the letter Æ and the evolution of old Anglo-Saxon names. I hope you find it as interesting as I did!

Medieval manuscript | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

What does Ælf mean?

You may have noticed how many old Anglo-Saxon names start with Æ, and Ælf in particular. This is pretty popular with fantasy, as it automatically conveys an Old English feeling.

Some translate ælf as elf, while others argue it is, in fact, connected etymologically to “Aelfe” via the proto-Indo-European root “albho-“ which means pale, white, or high (perhaps both).

The former often forget that “elf” is also derived from “white”, while our modern interpretation of “elf” or “elves” was formed by plays by Spencer for example, or in fairy-tales which were medieval or pre-medieval…

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5 Crucial Tips For Writing Plot Twists

This might be useful…

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by Desiree Villena. Desiree is a writer with Reedsy, a marketplace that connects self-publishing with the world’s best editors, designers, and marketers. In her spare time, she enjoys reading contemporary fiction and writing short stories. Naturally, she’s a big fan of plot twists (when they’re done right).

5 Crucial Tips For Writing Plot Twists

Plot Twist | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookA well-executed twist can be the key to making a piece of media memorable. Indeed, a litany of our best-loved pop culture moments boil down to perfectly timed, artfully established plot twists — often with their own catchphrases, from “Luke, I am your father” to “I see dead people.”

Plot twists are obviously a staple of the writer’s toolkit. But for all their popularity, they can be pretty difficult to pull off! Even after you’ve identified your plot twist idea, there’s a whole host of potential pitfalls. If you aren’t…

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Free Online Character Name Generators

Very interesting!

I use sometimes certain generators too, but for medieval names the San Gabriel Academy was the best.

Nicholas C. Rossis

I have an unusual relationship with character names, probably because I have such a poor memory (as Electra likes to point out). Quite frankly, I don’t particularly like the process of coming up with names. As the saying goes, you don’t know how many people you dislike until it’s time to name your child. Or character. Plus, once I finish the book I forget the characters’ names within a few days at most (which makes reading Game of Thrones exhausting).

My way out is to name people after their role in the book. For example, in Runaway Smile we meet the boy and his mother. Neither has a name beyond that. Similarly, many characters in A Heaven for Toasters are called “The Professor,” “The Captain,” etc. Easy to remember, if not so easy to write, as I always struggle with capitalization.

When I do need to come up…

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7 Tips to Write a Killer Book Presentation

Something to think about and to learn from…

Nicholas C. Rossis

Daniela McVicker | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksThis is a guest post by Daniela McVicker. Daniela is a contributor to Essayguard. She has a master’s degree in English Literature and is truly passionate about learning foreign languages and teaching. Daniela works with the students to help them reveal their writing talent and find their one true calling.

7 Tips to Write a Killer Book Presentation

Sometimes, a book you have written draws enough attention that you are asked to speak about it to an audience. You may be asked to present as a subject expert, talk about your material at a conference or convention, present at a book fair, or give a quick presentation as part of a book signing.

As they say, more people are afraid of public speaking than of death. Which means that most people would prefer being in a casket than giving the obituary.

And now, you’re going to be in…

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Free Author Resources

For all of us who need it… thank you, Nickolas and Fros! Evharisto poli!

Nicholas C. Rossis

Wow | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

In my last post, I wrote about some of Dave Chessson’s, aka Kindlepreneur’s, free author resources, including his Free Amazon Book Description Generator.

Today, I have more free author resources that can prove invaluable to your author promos, courtesy of my author friend, Effrosyni Moschoudi. She has compiled a list of free author resources that include two invaluable Word files:

  • Dozens of websites and Facebook groups to submit your books for FREE! (Word file) and
  • A FREE task list for your promo (Word file)

Even better, she keeps the lists regularly updated. These two were only updated last week, so you can rest assured they’re as up-to-date as humanly possible!

Check out Effrosyni’s full post for more author tips and resources!

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Setting – Authors’ perspectives and techniques

A very interesting and useful approach to research .. and even more useful history websites. Thank you!

All about historical fiction

This is the last post dealing with setting – one of the seven elements of historical fiction. Over the years, authors have shared thoughts on transporting readers in time and place. I’ve pulled together a number of their perspectives in today’s post.

Katharine McMahon offers an introductory comment: research underpins the vividness of the story telling, but an emotional connection to the past is critical to successfully write historical fiction. The reader and I both know that I’m going to interweave the two – fact and fiction – as seamlessly as I would if I were writing a contemporary novel.

As does Judith Starkston: Developing an immersive world is hard work that has to feel seamless to the reader. And isn’t that one of the most profound transformations for fiction to accomplish—to place ourselves into another way of seeing the world and to try on how it feels to be…

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Muschetar sau mușchetar?

Aveam o problemă… La mine rămân muschetari, de la muscheta pe care o folosesc!

Sa vorbim corect românește - poveștile limbii române

Greșeala la zi

Voi relua discuția de ieri despre etimologia populară. Este vorba despre o situație când o variantă, declarată incorectă, este mai târziu acceptată.

Substantivul muschetar a fost multă vreme pronunțat și mușchetar (prin etimologie populară , de la ”mușchi tari” și nu de la”muschetă”).

Din 2005 DOOM 2 stabilește că ambele variante sunt corecte.

Așadar, ne-am luat de-o grijă:cel puțin în acest caz (nu e singurul), nu mai putem greși.

Respectarea normelor FACE BINE LA LIMBĂ!

                                                  Gabriela Moraru

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Time Travel – the work of historical fiction

A realistic perspective on historical fiction

All about historical fiction

Time-TravelWriters of historical fiction are challenged to convey a true picture of the historical setting in terms of characters, dialogue, setting, plot, conflict, theme and world building. Basically time travel for readers. But what does this really entail? How do writers inhabit the mindsets of their characters to create that feeling of being there?

Many authors have responded on A Writer of History with their perspectives. Given that I’m challenging myself to create a novel set in 1870s Paris, I thought I would pull together some of their advice and my own musings. Following is a shopping list of research topics relevant to understanding an era – some will be more important than others depending on the type of story.

  • the political situation, political motivations, broader issues of the era
  • the important figures of the day, prominent people
  • the cost of goods and the types of goods available
  • social customs, arrangements and attitudes
  • the…

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