THE ALTERNATIVE QUILL: WRITING ALTERNATIVE HISTORY
The many niches of Alternative History are very popular genres in the marketplace. Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Time Travel, Steampunk, Gaslamp... More > Fantasy, Dieselpunk, or tales that tweak history into something it never was (either the past or the present).
If you are interested in writing fantasy but quest tales aren't your cup of java, flip through the selections here and find the perfect place to land your story on the bookshelves.
Beth Daniels (Writing Steampunk, Geared Up: Writing Steampunk 2nd edition, Muse to Manuscript) dips into the various styles of Alternative History by giving examples of published work and making suggestions on what specific niches have to offer and supplies ideas on how to tweak history to your own story needs. Visit her at www.Muse2Ms.com, www.WritingSteampunk.com, or stop by her blog at www.2write2write2write.blogspot.com.< Less
GEARED UP WRITING STEAMPUNK is a totally rewritten guide to, well, writing Steampunk Fiction. As the 2nd edition, there are elements that remain, some that have been dropped, and new things... More > added.
For instance, this time round the research sections on wardrobes, slang, theatres, and weapons has vanished because in the original book this all focused on the Victorians -- the British.
Also dropped was the list of authors names, mostly because keeping it up to date in the book was impossible, so it moved to a website. The markets remained and gained a few additions.
Other additions are sections specifically on Weird West, the Gilded Age (urban American East), the Belle Epoch (European), Parallel Worlds and Alternative Universes, Time Travel, plus writing the Steampunk romance, mystery, dystopian tale, comedy and adventure story.
As well as cover the American West for Weird West, trips to the Canadian West, Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania are also taken.
So get Geared Up for writing Steampunk!< Less
There is no one way to write a book, particularly a novel. But if you’ve never written anything with the goal of publication before), you’ve got to know where to start and what needs to... More > happen before you are finished.
Every writer has a different sequence in which they do things, in what they feel is important, and in the way they present information on writing a novel. MUSE TO MANUSCRIPT attempts to give both direction and reasons why some things must be done.
Multi-published novelist Beth Daniels (aka Beth Henderson, etc.) stumbled along the same roads once herself and knows where some of the potholes lie. And she’s willing to share that info.
The presentation is open and personable, and covers genres, plotting, not plotting, length in word count, backstory, characters, action and reaction, editing, and other topics.
Isn't it time to move from pre-published to being a published novelist!
Previously published at SO YOU WANT TO WRITE A NOVEL.< Less
The era of the physical classroom might not be passing but it has certainly been augmented by online teaching. Neither student nor instructor need travel to take advantage of learning or passing... More > along information. Everything can be done from the comfort of a home or office. There are steps to take in planning, running, presenting, and even advertising an online workshop, particularly when the topic is more of interest to specific and possibly smaller audiences. The focus here is on Online Workshops for Writers, for Small Business entrepreneurs, and for people engaged in Crafts of all types. Daniels began focusing on online writing classes in 2010. Because some of her workshops have covered the business aspects of being a freelance writer, she saw that other types of small business owners would be a viable market, and people engaged in making and selling crafts could also find students interested in learning how to create different projects. Here she has laid out the basics plus future growth potential.< Less