Forgotten Truths about Corsets

Recently, I took the plunge and bought a corset: a real, spiral steel boned corset, just like the Victorians wore, having been inspired by the fascinating journey in corsetry by Sarah Chrisman of This Victorian Life. And, for those who are curious, I was not raised in a conservative culture where skirts and dresses were … Continue reading Forgotten Truths about Corsets

The Secrets to World-Building #amwriting #atozchallenge

Every fictional novel not set in contemporary times requires world-building. You might be able to "cheat," as it were, and do it via extensive research about what a past time period was like, rather than creating a brand new realm, but the situation is similar. Either way, the details are what sets your story apart. … Continue reading The Secrets to World-Building #amwriting #atozchallenge

Understanding Your Characters #atozchallenge #amwriting

For pantsters and plotters both, understanding your characters is essential. We need to know who we're writing about to be able to outline an accurate plot or to be able to write the scenes, following our characters lead. But how do we learn about our characters? Outline them. Many authors do this, in the form of … Continue reading Understanding Your Characters #atozchallenge #amwriting

Spotlight Saturday #2

I give my end-of-week post to other authors and bloggers whose work is worth noting. There are so many excellent articles out there, so many good poems and stories that I want to use my online space, once a week, to send all of you to read something you might otherwise miss. Let this redirect … Continue reading Spotlight Saturday #2