Tag: writing

How Much History is Too Much History?

How Much History is Too Much History?

What does a writer of historical fiction have in common with a writer of epic fantasy? How much history is too much history? It’s the same dilemma for both writers, oddly enough. For the epic fantasy writer (like my husband, Andrew Meredith), there’s always the question of spending too much time describing the world, and …

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The Query Question

The Query Question

I recently had a friend ask me how I got my agent with the idea being that she also would like to pursue publication. But when I started explaining, her eyes glazed over and she got that funny twitch in the corner of her mouth that people get when they’re like, “Are you kidding me??” …

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Reviving My Blue Flame

Reviving My Blue Flame

I mentioned in my last post that I’ve been having trouble finding the energy to write, and it finally occurred to me that maybe what was holding me back (outside of quarantine stress) was this feeling like I couldn’t just write whatever gave me joy, which right now might not be mystery. It was then …

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Writing During Quarantine

Writing During Quarantine

As an introvert, I recharge with time alone. So I have to admit, when Quarantine hit, hearing that all required social events were canceled made my little introvert heart soar with happiness. Fast forward six or seven (or has it been eight?) weeks… I’ve been spiraling through cycles of depression and mood swings like crazy …

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What is Success? A Little Women Comparison

What is Success? A Little Women Comparison

How do you define success? It’s a loaded question, isn’t it? In the newest adaptation of L.M. Alcott’s Little Women, director Greta Gerwig helps viewers and readers take a fresh look at a favorite classic. One of the biggest questions I felt she asked through the retelling is, “What is success?” For Meg, success is …

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Happy Endings in Mysteries

Happy Endings in Mysteries

I recently rewatched Stranger Than Fiction, which I remembered being more of a depressing drama than a comedy (which in many ways was an accurate remembrance), and was nervous right up to the end because I couldn’t recall if it had a happy ending. It made me consider why I prefer what is generally referred …

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Being an Introverted Mom and Writer

Being an Introverted Mom and Writer

I’ll be honest, I don’t read a lot of non-fiction that isn’t about history or has something to do with research for my historical fiction books. I just don’t have the time. But then one of the authors of a mommy blog I follow, Jamie C. Martin, published a book called Introverted Mom. I snapped …

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Happy Birthday, Anna Katharine Green!

Happy Birthday, Anna Katharine Green!

This week I wanted to give a special homage to the woman who’s become a huge part of my life lately: the remarkable Anna Katharine Green. On this day, November 11, in 1846, Anna Katharine Green was born to New England lawyer James Wilson Green and Katharine Ann Whitney Green. She was the fourth child, …

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How I NaNoWriMo Differently (and you can, too!)

How I NaNoWriMo Differently (and you can, too!)

I won’t be doing National November Writers Month (NaNoWriMo) this November, and I’ll tell you why. But first, let me give a quick definition of NaNoWriMo for those who are wondering. NaNoWriMo is a free program for writers that encourages them to write a novel in a month. If you visit their website, you’ll find …

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Christmas Anthology Unboxing

Christmas Anthology Unboxing

Hello! I am thrilled to share this moment with you as I get to unbox my first published short story! Head on over to my Facebook Author Page to catch the action. Signed copies are for sale right here on my website! Thanks for watching and reading! 🙂 (In order of stories) Ronnell Kay Gibson …

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