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October 6, 2017

Do you think music inspires you when you write?

Love these ideas, anything to get the creative juices flowing !

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Or do you feel as to if the sound of music distracts you from your project?

For me, music is a distraction.

However, I’ve read a lot of articles from many writers about how music can set the tone and mood for their story.

Today one such post caught my eye and I thought maybe, just maybe I’m missing out on an important writing tool.

Read and tell me what you think.

8 Styles of Music to Help You Focus While You Write by DANA SITAR

I love music, country music is my favorite, although I’ve been known to listen to all types. From Bach to Jay-Z with lots of Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffet in the mix. Yeah, my taste run wide. All depends on my mood at the moment, and of course the song.

Oh, one exception might be polka. Meh, not a fan. 

So, after reading this post…

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When is the Best Time to Write?

Inspiring…and true

Bernadette Benda

Writer’s need routine because…well, routines are just helpful in general. When we talk about routines for writers, the question usually comes up “when is the best time of day to write?” 

There is a theory (meaning: I have read a few “prestigious writers” that have said this) that the best time of day to write is in the morning, before you have done anything else.

They (the prestigious writers) say you should always write in the morning, because your brain is empty and closer to your unconscious because you just woke up. Nothing has yet happened to fill up your brain.

Is it true? Should you write in the morning??? Do I really have to become an early bird to get the worm??? Let’s take a look *dons spectacles*.

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To start things off, there may be actual science behind this, meaning, there may be a certain time of day when…

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Author Tips on Writing Historical Fiction

All about historical fiction

Historical Fiction Writing TipsToday I’ve selected authors’ tips on writing historical fiction from around the web.

From How to Write Historical Fiction: 7 Tips on Accuracy and Authenticity by Susanna Calkins author of A Murder at Rosamund’s Gate

  • Let the characters engage with the historical details – a variation on show don’t tell
  • Allow your characters to question and explore their place in society – doing so reveals the context of the times
  • Love the process, because readers will still find errors

From Seven Rules for Writing Historical Fiction by Elizabeth Crook author of The Night Journal: A Novel

  • Sweat the Small Stuff – small details allow readers to engage all senses in the past world you are building
  • Dump the Ballast – too much detail is a killer

10 Tips for Aspiring Historical Fiction Writers by Stephanie Dray author of Daughters of the Nile

  • Read historical fiction – sounds obvious doesn’t it but you…

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