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Category: Non-Fiction

Show Me Ye Olde Money! How Money Drives Drama

Money, writing, history, historical fiction

Money is fundamental to our lives but taboo in polite conversation…much like sex. But just like sex, money is one of the main drivers of human behavior. And what do we pattern our characters’ behavior on? Yup. Exactly. Now, of course, I would never be so crass as to suggest that any of our protagonists …

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Back to School: Why Great Papers, Essays, and Blogs Need Outlines

papers, writing, blogs

First of all, I’d like to dedicate this blog post to Mrs. Barbara Bender who taught my high school sophomore year American Literature class. It wasn’t that the reading selections were all that riveting, or that we had any kind of “Oh, Captain, my captain,” kind of moments. What made the class so pivotal in …

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The Memoir: Why YOUR Story is Better than Snookie’s

memoir, biography, autobiography, family history, oral history

Cait here. I know, I know. I mention the word ‘memoir,’ and we get nightmare visions of Snookie’s autobiography prominently positioned on a table at the front of Barnes & Noble with New York Times Bestseller emblazoned on the cover. I could reduce you all to a mass of existential angst and tears of futility …

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The Coup, Day 2: Historical Research for Fiction

It’s Cait Reynolds again, and you know what that means…muahahahahahaha Historical romance is full of strong-jawed heroes in possession of a good fortune and in want of a wife…whether they know it or not. In fact, if you add up all the fine, vast estates throughout England, you’d probably end up with a country the …

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Tips to Make Us Stronger Authors—Both Fiction & Non-Fiction—Part 2

Whether we are writing non-fiction or fiction, this is imperative. There are people out there who have nothing better to do than tear others down. Yes, I’m excited to now be blogging for The Huffington Post. It was a wonderful promotion as NF expert. Yet, a new level, new devil. I can’t moderate comments, and it didn’t take long to get the comment bashing me for using the word “Awesome.”