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  1. leisie93 #

    As a college-aged aspiring historical novelist, I just want to say that this blog has breathed new life into me. It’s provided encouragement and advice in many forms. What I especially love is how much variety there is to these posts. You’ve got military books, Victorian romances, WWII, and even a few pieces from Ancient Times. Most of the historical novels I’ve read are by women, so it’s so refreshing to realize just how many male historical authors there are out there. Granted, I do believe that there’s a bit of a pattern of men writing more military books and women writing romances. But I could be wrong about that. Thank you!

    May 26, 2013
    • Thanks. That’s great to hear.
      The mix of novelists was put together so that when someone first discovers the site through something they like they can hopefully find some more of what interested them on a regular basis from several sources. They might then discover other stuff that grabs their interest and which will, over time, help them develop a broad skill-set and wide-ranging knowledge, while finding the kind of practical advice and discussion of ideas that will help them think through the immediate issues they are facing in their own novel writing.

      I’m a big believer that a novelist with a broad skill-set and wide-ranging knowledge will be better equipped to write a good novel based on a given story idea than one who just immerses themself in a narrow field of interest and lacks the ability to properly understand things in a fuller context, as the latter approach tends to lead to seeking quick answers to things not known and then taking the word of an ‘expert’. Any real expert will know that reading conclusions, opinions or speculation is of fairly little significance unless you understand the underlying methods used, the results observed using those methods, and the logic leading from observations of the results to evaluations of the results – whether that relates to learning about the historical setting for a novel or to some aspect of getting a story down in words effectively.

      May 26, 2013
  2. Hi Steve, I love reading your posts so I’ve nominated your blog for The Liebster Award for bloggers. You can check my nomination and how to participate in this award here:
    http://clairecatacouzinos.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/nomination-for-the-liebster-award/

    December 13, 2013

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