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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’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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Roaring 20s Mysteries brought up to date

People constantly ask….. Well, people sometimes ask…. Well, somebody asked me once…I think;  what’s the deal with your mysteries? How many books are there and are they a serial? Do they feature the same detective? Do they all take place … Continue reading

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Grammar fads for writers

One trap that some fiction writers fall into is writing with present day slang or expressions in a story set elsewhere. I don’t mean something obvious such as a Roman centurion talking about social media, or somebody, talking about a … Continue reading

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Ignatius J Reilly and the power of persistance

In front of a former department store on Canal Street in the heart of New Orleans stands a life-sized bronze statue of a heavy-set, sloppy man who seems to be glaring at the passers by along the sidewalk. What is … Continue reading

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Writing Non Fiction 4- Telling the Story- How to frame the book

Now that you’re ready to go full speed ahead with your nonfiction book, you have to decide just how to organize it.  With fiction, you usually go according to the plot. You might have a flashback or two, but otherwise, … Continue reading

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Writing Non Fiction 3-Research and digging up gold

For some authors, research is a necessary chore; for others it is much of the fun. I happen to belong to the latter group. Research is like rummaging around in a well stuffed attic full of books, old steamer trunks, … Continue reading

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