Why I Keep Coming Back to the Victoria Era

Why I Keep Coming Back to the Victorian Era

Today’s post is going to be rather brief with some quick announcements. First, I was privileged to participate in this year’s Indie eCon! Be sure to follow the link to find out more about it. There’s a lot of amazing and informative blog posts going up on all different genres – and how to write them!

I wrote a blog post about the Georgian, Regency, and Victoria eras. Right now the formatting makes it a bit hard to read, but hopefully that will edit itself or some such.

In that post, I mentioned that the Victorian era is my specialty. Well, that’s pretty much true! Though I don’t know that it’s my favorite era of all time (I also love Edwardian and the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s), it’s definitely one of the best! But why do I write Victorian fiction?

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When Your Writing Just Isn’t Enough

When Your Writing Just Isn't Enough

Sometimes I think that writers have the lowest self-esteem of any creature on this planet. We constantly judge ourselves. We second-guess word choices, plot lines, even calling ourselves a writer. We can’t even tell others about our stories without blushing!

Now, to a certain extent, it’s natural to worry about our creations like this. I mean, seriously. A writer puts a lot into his or her novels. Who wouldn’t be worried about what others will think?

But … there’s something every author should know about writing. And today I’m going to tell you about it.

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How to Push Through a First Draft

How to Push Through a First Draft

I think we’ve already established that writing a first draft can be hard. There is beauty in it … but also great danger.* Okay, “great evil” may be overdoing it, but it’s definitely very difficult.

The first draft is the point at which most authors give up on their story. They just stop writing, and another set of characters, another world, another plot dies.**

So how can you keep your novels breathing in their tender first draft stage?

*This is your cue to leave because I cannot be serious today for some reason.

**I am being so dramatic today, helllllp.

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How to Keep Your Blogging Inspiration Flowing

how to keep your blogging inspiration flowing

As bloggers, sometimes we’re overflowing with creativity. But other times? Well, not so much. I go back and forth between being super excited about blogging … and just wanting to throw the towel in on the whole thing.

But you know what? My mama didn’t raise no quitter … and neither did she raise someone who doesn’t milk every opportunity for a blog post for what it’s worth. (Actually, I think I came up with the latter by myself, but whatevs.)

I’m currently going through a period of blogger depression. But instead of letting it get to me, I’m writing this blog post!* Without further ado, here are my tips for blog-inspiration-flowing-ness!

*The fact that I’m currently uninspired might make me unqualified for the topic, but let’s not talk about that. Let’s talk about HOW AMAZING I AM. #amazingkell

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Five Reasons You Should Outline

five reasons why you should outline

Outlining is time-consuming. If you do it in any depth, it’s pretty difficult … but is it worth it? Why not just skip the extra step completely and move on to the actual writing – that’s what you’re here for, after all, isn’t it?

In this post, I’ll be “outlining” (couldn’t resist) my top ten reasons why I think you should outline before you ever consider writing your book.

Now before we go any further, a disclaimer: this post is unashamedly pro-plotter. However, I do understand that pantsing works for some people very well. This post is about why you should outline … but if it doesn’t end up applying to you after you’ve done some experimenting, go and plot no more!

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Writing About Children

What I've Learned from Writing About Children

Just the other day, I was scrolling through social media, and I saw a post mentioning that it’s very hard to write children. I skimmed past quickly. It’s not fun to be the only one not in pain.

Because … to me, writing children is not hard. In fact, it’s a lot easier than writing adults!* To me, children hold the true wisdom of the world. Love, faith, innocence, joy, simplicity … all the good things in life!

The world spoils them eventually (or rather sin nature? Honestly, I’m not sure, but it does happen), but until then …? Well, I say write about them as much as possible! How? Well, here are some Dos and Don’ts!

*this may be because I’m extremely immature I have a young heart.

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Plot Bunny Into Story?

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Hiya, ladies and gents! Today I’m here to tell you how how to turn your plot bunny into a story (courtesy of me thinking about this a lot because that’s what I’m currently doing).

Now, I’m by no means an expert, but I do believe I can offer some advice based on my personal experience, and I’d love to hear your own tricks & tips in the comments!*

So, without further ado, let’s launch into the post!

*not that I’ll actually take your advice. #stubborn

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How to Recover from NaNoWriMo

How to Recover from NaNoWriMo

If you’re like me, after NaNo you feel a little … lost. Sometimes for days, sometimes for weeks. What to do with your life now that you’re not writing like a maniac?

Well, today I’m going to introduce you to my amazing Five-Step Guide to Regaining Your Life after National Novel Writing Month.

So, without further ado, I give you those 5 steps! I hope you enjoy them, that they profit you greatly, and that you end up following, liking, and commenting because of them*.

*I’m a terrible person, really …

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3 Things Northanger Abbey Can Teach Writers

Hello ladies and gents!

Long story short … I’m sick. It started out as a flu with a headache, sore throat, chills, aches, and semi-fevers, and turned into a terrible cold complete with gallons of dark yellow goo bursting from my lungs. *is making you all nauseous* *is too sick to care*

Because of that, I wasn’t able to get today’s post out. It was going to be an introduction to the characters of Beyond Her Calling. That will be coming out next week instead. (In the meantime, you can check out the summary on NaNoWriMo or my WIP page.)

Thanks to the wonderful Saanvi, though, I’m not showing up empty-handed today! I can share with you this guest post that I wrote for her blog. It’s “3 Things Northanger Abbey can Teach Writers,” and I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

A Notebook, One Pen, And Me

Hey wonders!
I have a lot of ideas for poems, but I have neglected the one, wonderful, article that should have been put up here months ago. I am honored to have Kellyn from the blog Reveries, who may of you know as an author and whose blog I hope you follow. Today, I have the honor of this post, and though I have never read this book, I hope you enjoy this article as much as I did. I’m sure Kellyn would take questions in the comments, wouldn’t you? 🙂

Here’s the article….

3 Things Northanger Abbey Can Teach Writers

Hello, my name is Kellyn Roth (though you can call me Kell), and I was honored to be allowed to guest post here on A Notebook, One Pen, and Me today! *waves wildly at Saanvi* *jumps up and down excitedly* Okay, I’m calm, I’m calm …

Today I’m going…

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Writing Plans: Why They Can Be Disastrous

writing plans

I really hate to admit this, but writing is a form of art.

Why do I hate to admit this? Well, I don’t like to think of writing as an art because artists of all sorts tend to get into this attitude of laziness.

“It’s art. Art can’t be rushed.”

Most of the time, this is an excuse for laziness. Oh, don’t you dare give me that look. It is, too! “I can’t paint right now – the muse isn’t with me.” THE MUSE ISN’T WITH THOSE EPISODES OF SHERLOCK YOU’RE BINGE-WATCHING, EITHER, SWEETIE.

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