History That Never Was

Home of Dawn Vogel: Writer, Historian, Geek

Marketing in 2020

| November 23, 2020

A lot of authors went into 2020 with lots of excitement and hopeful feelings about it being a good year. And while things may have gone well for some, the majority of us may be looking at the year as a dark spot in an otherwise promising career trajectory. But that doesn’t mean you have […]

Resilience as a Tool for Writers

| November 16, 2020

When you’re a writer pursuing publication, whether it’s for stories, poetry, or novels, there are plenty of factors pushing you to stop. It’s tough to get published, and it requires a bit of a thick skin to understand that rejections are not the end of the world. The same resilience that keeps writers submitting their […]

Feeling All the Feelings

| November 9, 2020

In writing, evoking feelings is one of the best ways to get your stories to have emotional resonance with the reader. But how do you accomplish this? If the feeling or emotion you’re trying to evoke is one that you’ve felt, try to recall some of the concrete details that made you feel, and give […]

Finding a Writing Voice

| November 2, 2020

Whether you’re just starting out or an established author, you’ve probably got a writing voice. You may not have found it entirely when you’ve first started, and you can be equally unaware of what your voice is if you’ve been writing for a while. But when you read a snippet of a story and you […]

Poetry Forms: Clogyrnach

| October 26, 2020

I’ve been interested in trying some of the Welsh poetry forms, but I find a lot of them intimidating due to their requirements for meter and rhyme. While the Clogyrnach also includes those requirements, they seem a little more friendly in this shorter form. The Clogyrnach (pronounced Clog Ear Nak) is a Welsh poetic form […]

NaNoWriMo Advice

| October 19, 2020

I’ve talked before about why I personally don’t do NaNoWriMo anymore, but despite that, I still have advice for NaNoWriMo folks, based on my experience in past years! I think NaNoWriMo is valuable for newer writers, and even some experienced writers who need the proverbial kick in the pants to get started on a project. […]

Finding a Writing Spot

| October 12, 2020

Finding the right place to write is a task that all authors need to figure out. Many of us, myself included, started out writing wherever, which was mostly in the lovely rust-colored chair in the photo. I had my pillow for back support and a tray for my laptop to keep it from overheating, but […]

Setting Writing Goals

| October 5, 2020

Setting goals as an author is a fine balancing act, because there are a lot of things that are outside of your control. You could set a goal to have stories published in certain markets, find an agent for your novel, or win a prestigious award, but you can’t entirely control those things happening. Sure, […]

Poetry Forms: Diminishing Verse

| September 28, 2020

Diminishing verse is an interesting form. There aren’t requirements related to meter or rhyme, but instead to the last word of each line of the poem. You begin with one word at the end of a line, and then the next line removes one letter (or more, according to one source) from that specific word […]

When is the Best Time to Write?

| September 21, 2020

There’s a lot of writing advice that tells new authors that they should write every day, that they should make time in their schedule for writing, and so on. And while in an ideal world, authors could write every day, the reality of life is that many of us don’t have that luxury. Instead, I […]