Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Pizza Theory of historical exposition

Too many historical novels, or stories that are set in some other time and place run afoul of what I call the Pizza Theory of Historical Exposition, or simply the Pizza Theory for short. (BTW, please feel free to use … Continue reading

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“What the Hell…” endings

Many readers will say that the purpose of reading a book is the experience of reading, not the ending. Otherwise, why not just skip to the last few pages? It would be like skipping to the last few minutes of … Continue reading

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What makes a character memorable?

If you have ever written fiction, or simply wanted to write fiction, you’ve come up against one of the most important questions in writing; how do you make memorable characters? There is no simple answer to this, but I’ll try … Continue reading

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How to ruin a Facebook presence

I went to a writing conference yesterday and there was a lot of talk about a “Facebook presence” as a means for authors to keep in touch with readers. Of course, this is a good idea, but I’ve noticed there … Continue reading

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What’s in a (new) name?

From the beginning, my blog has been called Words of History, and from the beginning, it has been a bit schizophrenic. Some posts were about writing and some were about unusual historical oddities. Since I write books based on real … Continue reading

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In praise of price gouging

There’s an old vaudeville gag where a man asks a butcher for pork chops. The butcher says they’re $2.50/pound. (It’s a very old joke.) “That’s outrageous!,” the  man exclaims. “The butcher down the street only charges $2.00” “So why don’t … Continue reading

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