The Art of Individual Expression

When Rocky was in third grade he returned from his day at school with an extremely sad face.

I greeted him with a smile and asked how his day was.

Rocky removed a small, handmade Indian satchel from his backpack and handed it to me.

“You made this?” I asked

Rocky slowly shook his head yes.

As I held the small satchel in my hand, I observed each of the meticulously placed feathers and stones that Rocky had glued to it. It was obvious that he had decided with great care where each of them would be placed. It was simplistically and tastefully done. I was impressed with the beauty of what my son had made and all of the effort that he had put into it.

“Mommy, it’s an Indian satchel.” Rocky began, “We’re learning all about American Indians in school and this is what they used to carry…

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Successful Historical Fiction – Maggie Scott

I think it is well said…

A Writer of History

Maggie Scott should know a thing or two about historical fiction – she edits historical novels and is a professor of history. Let’s see what she has to say about writing it.

What’s your definition of successful historical fiction?

The shortest possible definition: A seamless blend of rigorously researched history and a compelling story populated with characters who reflect the true sensibilities and environment of their era and who live in and of a time that is clearly theirs and no one else’s.

What attributes are most important to you when designating a novel as ‘successful historical fiction’.

I suppose the story itself is the most critical aspect, because without a tale that captures one’s attention—and holds it—other aspects such as proper research fall by the wayside. Therefore, I’ll consider a book to be successful if a) it promises a tale that will engage me; b) delivers on that promise; c)…

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Davide Mana on Successful Historical Fiction

A Writer of History

Recently I posted several questions on the topic of ‘successful historical fiction’ and invited readers and bloggers to respond. Davide Mana is a writer, translator and game designed based in Italy. He’s been blogging about books, historical adventure and historical fantasy for some time on his blog Davide – or Dave as he signed his last email – lives in Castelnuovo Belbo, a 900-souls community in the hills of the Monferrato area of Northern Italy. Over to you, Davide.

Q: What’s your definition of successful historical fiction?

As a reader, I want stories that speak to me, stories to which I can relate. For me, a historical fiction is successful when it is both entertaining and involving, and both entertainment and involvement would not be possible without the historical element. Also, the historical element has to be seamlessly integrated into the fiction (or the other way around) and as…

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Vieți în vâltoare – Marina Costa

Părerile celei care mi-a fost beta reader despre “Vieți în vâltoare”, și o nouă invitație la lansarea celor două volume!

Despre sufletul meu

Joi, 23 martie 2017, are loc lansarea romanului în două volume *Vieți în vâltoare*. Sunt fan declarat al scrierilor Marinei Costa, stilul ei fiind neegalat de scriitorii contamporani – se adresează deopotrivă publicului matur și tânăr, oferind plăcerea lecturii și satisfacția informației.

De ce să vii la lansarea romanului “Vieți în vâltoare” sau, dacă nu ajungi, de ce să îl citești?

  1. Pentru că stilul Marinei Costa seamănă cu al lui Alexandre Dumas, reușind să implice cititorul în atmosfera specifică a perioadei. Volumul 1, intitulat “Ținuturi însângerate“, se petrece în republicile italiene dornice de libertate, egalitate și fraternitate, pe teritoriul cărora se confruntau oștile franceze și austriece în războaiele napoleoniene.
  1. Pentru că, dacă ți-e dor de scrierile lui Karl May, găsești personaje ca ale lui, presărate pe ici, pe colo. Volumul 2, intitulat “Lumea Nouă“, te poartă prin Statele Unite, spre Vest, în lumea convoaielor…

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Călătorie prin Vlăhia mare – de azi, de ieri și de odinioară

Am descoperit pe multele cărări neexplorate ale internetului linkul către o arhivă a unei scrieri pe care o publicasem demult, la sfatul cuiva care nu mai este în viață, Dumnezeu   să-l odihnească, într-o revistă online intitulată NEAMUL ROMÂNESC.

Calatorie prin Vlahia mare

Povestea a fost scrisă în 1999, conținând amintiri din două călătorii în Grecia, din 1999 (AZI) și, respectiv, 1994 (IERI). ODINIOARĂ este istoria…

Și, bineînțeles, scriitoarea de astăzi nu mai crede tot ce credea cea de acum 18 ani. Timpul trece, oamenii învață și evoluează. Anumite realități, din păcate, nu se pot schimba în bine, în tot acest timp…

100 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Write Your Novel

Story Fabric

I came across this blog post, and since I’ll definitely be looking at these questions as I get ready to start working on my novella for class, I thought I would share.


The Main Character

1. Who is your main character? Hero? Anti-hero?

2. Why should we be interested in them?

3. What attracts you to your protagonist? Do you like them? Loathe them?

4. Why do you need to write about them?

5. Why should we be excited about them?

6. Why do you believe we will find your hero sympathetic? Empathetic?

7. What makes us curious about them? What is their “mystery”? What is their “magic”? Charisma? How do you show it?

8. What does the audience find in the main character’s story that is relevant to them? Why do you believe they will identify with them?

9. What is the cherished secret desire of your…

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