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Which Professions Have the Most Psychopaths? The Fewest?

If you’re a fiction writer, especially one who writes thrillers or suspense, this is information that will help you create characters that add reality to your story. As you read this information, picture characters in your previous fiction and ask yourself how you might have improved characterization or pat yourself on the back that you […]

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Following The Research Trail to Highland Hall from Carrie Turansky

Today my guest blogger is award-winning novelist Carrie Turansky author of of more than a dozen novels and novellas. Her most recent novel The Daughter of Handland Hall is from The Edwardian Brides, Book 2. Thanks Carrie for telling the audience of Writing Fiction about your research experiences and techniques. Research is key for the historical novelist. I’ve found […]


Historical Research is My Kind of Fun!

Today I have a guest blogger, Lyn Cote, who has written many historical novels and wants to share this with you. Research can be tiring and take tremendous amounts to time, but Lyn’s approah adds something special that makes the hard work more enjoyable. Another bonus is from the research, you may be inspired with new […]


The Challenge of Writing Amish Fiction

Amish fiction has risen high in reader’s interest and has become great sellers. One of my friends, Marta Perry, who also writes other genre, shares her expertise in writing successful Amish fiction. The Challenge of Writing Amish Fiction  “Challenge?”  I noticed someone saying recently in a discussion of Amish fiction. “What’s challenging about that—just put […]

Your Plot Drags? Fix It.

Authors don’t always realize their plot drags until they step back and take a fresh look. It’s always good to give your story a rest for a week or two, if you have time to spare, and then read with new eyes. The brilliant words can dull with time and that means authors need to […]

Internet Links for Characterization

When I teach writing all over the US, I often share this sheet with those in attendance to help them in creating believable characters. I’ve found these links to be helpful in getting a good understanding of my character and by creating a backstory for them. I hope you find these links helpful. Creating realistic […]

Research For Suspense Writing— Part IV

A suspense novel needs the same research as any novel when creating characters, bringing setting to life, and provide story details. The additional element that needs tremendous research revolve understand the elements of suspense that make it real—police lingo and procedures, investigation and investigative research, forensic details, psychology of criminals, trail procedures, and so much […]

Researching Characterization for Contemporary Fiction – Part IIIB

Researching contemporary fictions seems as if it could be an easy task, but I’ve found the more I search for accuracy in my work, the harder research becomes. In part A of this category, I covered a variety of research for setting, story and career details and sites on how to do most everything. This […]

Research For Contemporary Fiction — Part IIIA

Though it might seem that contemporary fiction is not as complex to research as historical, it is still important and can take much time depending on the novel’s plot. While some elements are commonplace and easy to research, the novel’s setting can still require time-consuming research. Because I believe that setting influences a novel’s plot […]

Research For Historical Fiction – Part II

Although I have written no historical novels, I have tackled a few historical novellas. In doing so, I learned the difficulty of writing in a historical setting. Time has influenced our world in so many areas—political, manners, language, dress, and technology, and writing about another era can take a tremendous amount of time. Accuracy is […]