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Historical Story Setting: Discovering Ostia and Portus

A Setting in Time At the time of Argolicus Rome was neither the capital city of Italy nor the center of the Roman Empire. King Theoderic, ruled Italy from the north of Italy in Ravenna and the Roman Empire was centered in Constantinople. In The Roman Heir Argolicus and Nikolaos leave Rome to begin his…

Work With Your Editors

A Simple Way to Work with Editors Many writers dread the editing process, especially when it comes to recommendations for rewrites. David Amerland calls editing brain-squeezing. I agree. For every suggestion an editor makes you have to agree, disagree, or partially agree. Then if you agree, it’s time to rethink that portion of the manuscript and…

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Characters Don’t Speak in Semicolons

Dialogue and Narrative Grammar is essential to good storytelling; it keeps the reader from getting lost.  When writing narrative good grammar is essential. But when your characters speak, they talk like human beings. People don’t speak in semicolons and neither should your characters. Robert Harris wrote a trilogy about the great legal orator Cicero: Imperium, Lustrum,…

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The Right Time to Write

Find Your Best Time to Write #wsite-video-container-852732515217709297{ background: url(//www.weebly.com/uploads/2/0/3/5/20356281/wt_to_save_702.jpg); } #video-iframe-852732515217709297{ background: url(//cdn2.editmysite.com/images/util/videojs/play-icon.png?1504217335); } #wsite-video-container-852732515217709297, #video-iframe-852732515217709297{ background-repeat: no-repeat; background-position:center; } @media only screen and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), only screen and ( min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), only screen and ( min-resolution: 192dpi), only screen and ( min-resolution: 2dppx) { #video-iframe-852732515217709297{ background: url(//cdn2.editmysite.com/images/util/videojs/@2x/play-icon.png?1504217335); background-repeat: no-repeat; background-position:center; background-size: 70px 70px; }…