Monday Madness – Research And Fiction Writing

Time Spent Researching is an Investment

Research? No way. I’d rather have my wisdom teeth pulled. The word research brings back memories of school and homework. Studying dates and events in history, names of people long dead, and spending hours in the library writing a boring paper. That was then. This is now. Researching for fiction writing isn’t like doing research for school, it’s a fun investment in your own story.

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How to Create Memorable Fictional Characters

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Have you heard of Huckelberry Finn? He’s been an unforgettable character since 1884. Memorable characters are what make stories great. They feel like real people, making the reader care about what happens to them.

You can have an engaging plot, cool stuff that happens, and tons of conflict, but if you don’t have a great character the readers can care about, your story is lacking. Love them or hate them, readers want to care about your characters. Continue reading “How to Create Memorable Fictional Characters”

American Historical Research Links

American History

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Click picture for a link with labels

Before Columbus and Beyond                          USA Time Line With Maps
The Search For a Different Life                         American History
The Mayflower                                                          Pilgrims
Sail on the Mayflower                                       Colonial History
The Trip                                                         Daily Life, 1600’s America
Sailing Time Line With Maps                        First Guns in America
Colonial Food

Growing Pains

French and Indian War                            Revolutionary War
The French and Indian War                           The War for Independence Military                                                            Winning Independence
Time Line                                           Declaration of Independence Document Resource Guide                                               Weapons              Daily Life

War of 1812                                              Mexican American War History                                                                 Texas Independence
Major Battles                                                            The Conflict

Civil War
The American Civil War
101 Interesting Tidbits                                        Time Line
Civilian Life                                                      Battles and Maps

Go West Young Man

Westward Bound

Westward Expansion                           The Overland Trail
The Oregon Trail                                    Oregon Trail Tribulations
Map and Stops                                               The Trek West
Everything Old West                        Women in the Wild West
The Pioneers                                                  Gunfighters
Deadliest Gunslingers

Travel                                           The Railroad’s a Comin’
Covered Wagon                                                 Early American Railroads
Stagecoach                                                             The Railroad
Steamboats                                                  Traveling an Emigrant Train

There’s Gold in Them There Hills
The Gold Rush                                                                     Time Line
Getting Rich Quick Has a Price                       Mountain Men and the Fur Trade

Communications
The Pony Express                                       The Telephone
Life of a Rider                                           The Telegraph
Rider’s Map

Native Americans

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Click on image for a map

Tribes
This and That
More Interesting Information

American Slavery
Overall information                                              Origins
Time Line                                        Slavery and the Making of America

The States
Interactive Map of America
The United States Flag
American States and their history

Law and Order

law men, law enforcement

History of law enforcement                                                  The Police
Law Enforcement Time Line                                       Gun Control Time line
Prohibition                                                                   Gambling History in America
History of Gaming Laws