April 3 ~ Q & As
By Ana Brazil
April 3, 2020

Another Friday and we are still sheltering-in-California. Like much of the world these days, our lives are lived in physical isolation, which encourages (sometimes forces) us to take comfort, refuge, and delight in what we can find online. We’ve excelled at discovering online jigsaw puzzles, recipes, vegetable growing tips, and reading suggestions.

And sometimes we actually find resources to bolster our historical fiction writing!

This week—as Katie takes a pass at answering—we ask each other, Got a favorite online writing course, source, or website?

C.V. shares, When I first sat down at my computer over two years ago, I quickly realized that I had no idea how to write a story, much less a novel.

In all my years of school, I had never taken a creative writing course. I turned to YouTube. There are lots of wonderful videos on various aspects of writing. My favorite go-to YouTube channels are: Jenna Moreci, Shaylin Writes, Ellen Brock and iWriterly.”

“I’ve got to recommend Sisters in Crime’s webinars!” says Ana.

“They have one or more webinars a month which provide both writing AND promotion advice & insights. Anyone can see the live webinar for free, but if you’re a paid member of SinC (which is, of course, open to everyone) you can watch the webinar at any time. Just when you need the advice the most.

I’m also a BIG FAN of The Author’s Guild Seminars. These are also recorded live, and many of them are available to non-members on replay.

On the purely promotional side, I must mention Jane Friedman. Her website has great info and her newsletter is not-to-be-missed!”

Kathryn says “I’ve found the lectures from Margaret Atwood and Neil Gaiman on MasterClass to be both entertaining and helpful. “

Eliza J. Nicholson!

Linda rounds us out with “During this stay at home time, I’ve discovered

In particular, Jennie Nash’s Inside Outline Course. I got a free trial for it and now I’m working through it. I like what it’s doing to my WIP!

ALSO…I want to mention that She Writes University Indie Publishing Bootcamp is free until May 31.”

Ana Brazil
Written by Ana Brazil

Ana Brazil writes historical crime fiction celebrating bodacious American heroines. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, the Historical Novel Society, and a founding member of Paper Lantern Writers.
Ana’s award-winning historical mystery FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER is set in Gilded Age New Orleans. Her upcoming October 17 2023 release is THE RED-HOT BLUES CHANTEUSE, a Viola Vermillion Vaudeville mystery set in 1919 San Francisco.

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