It was a long time coming, but the book is finally finished and published through CreateSpace. After editing it seven times, changing the names of the characters three times, and expanding and contracting various parts, I could finally feel okay about publishing. But first, just to make sure, I asked two more people to beta […]
Many stories I read are good, solid stories, but lack emotional content and impact. At my writing group yesterday, three of the stories being reviewed fell into this category – one was a non-fiction textbook excerpt (the author was very angry about how the current system worked, but her passion did not come through in […]
A local writing group, the Wordwrights, recently reviewed and commented on one of the chapters of my book. A couple of the members noted my use of the word “okay,” which was certainly not in use during the 11th century in England. However, a lot of our words we use today also were not in […]
Your characters can make or break your novel. Interesting characters that are fully fleshed out are essential. When you are editing your novel, how do you determine if your characters lack that special spark which makes readers connect to them? One way is to look at Rick Taubold’s Character Data Sheet, which is available free […]
One of the choices I’ve made is that before anyone else gets a hack at my novel, I will self-edit it thoroughly. What does this mean? It means I will slogged my way through it multiple times looking for gaps in the story, lack of hooks, inconsistency, weak characterization, weak plot, expository writing, passive writing, […]
Hastings burh looking north, made with Sketchup. The location of the fortified burh is unknown and controversial. I have placed it on the top of the cliff, where the Norman castle was later built, based on assumptions by some historians and because it suited the story line in my historical fiction novel.
I also added some cliff contours, which are approximated since so much of the cliff at Hastings was damaged by storms. I’m not entirely satisfied with the cliff – I think it should be steeper – and I need to move the blacksmith to nearer the cliff, away from the Manor House. I figure that […]
I created this using a free 3D modeling program called SketchUp. This is my first rough draft of the Hastings burh layout I plan to use in the novel.
The Vikings invaded and conquered Normandy a couple of centuries before the battle at Hastings. The Vikings also were frequent invaders of England, and I image that many of the English were descendent from these unrelenting warriors. So the battle of Hastings in 1066 was a battle between fierce men with similar ancestries and with […]
My search for 1066 has led me to a wide range of topics, including “what did they eat,” “how did they light fires,” and “what were their homes like.” My latest search is to learn what their ships were like. The Bayeux tapestry depicts several ships and from what I’ve been able to learn, many […]