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A Behind-the-Scenes Peek at Sitting on the Bench

Today’s post is part of a series on professionals sharing tips and expertise in order to help novelists convey accuracy in their fiction. If you are writing any scenes that include doctors, lawyers (posts here and here), investigators, or law enforcement officials, be sure to study these posts (and print them out for reference).

The following guest post is from Judge S. V. Brown, a former attorney who has been on the bench in California for three years:

If you are writing legal fiction, chances are you will have a scene in a courtroom. If you choose to include such a scene, don’t forget that the judge does not have to be a boring fringe character who issues rulings without emotion.

A courtroom is an emotionally charged environment, and judges are not immune to it. Give your judge depth and character and think about how your judge would respond in the scenarios you create. I have been a superior court judge a little over three years, and here are a few insights I can share about sitting on the bench.

Judges Are Not Know-It-Alls

When you see a judge, it’s easy to think, “This is the person with all the answers.” While judges have special training and access to resources, there is no special endowment of wisdom you get when you put on that robe.  Continue Reading…

5 How-To Tips for Writing Historical Fiction

Today’s guest post is written by historical fiction author Kat Flannery:

When an author sits down to write a novel, there are many things she must consider. A writer does not simply sit down and pen a Pulitzer Prize novel. It is never that easy, and despite what you may have been told, writing a novel takes determination, perseverance, and a tough skin.

The writing process can become long and tedious with many bumps along the way. There is a long list a writer needs to keep in mind before beginning any novel: plot, subplots, characterization, pacing, backstory, conflict, and resolution. Continue Reading…

How Best-Selling Writers Sabotage Themselves (and How to Learn from Their Mistakes)

You encounter an author, and it’s love at first page. You declare your devotion over Facebook and write giddy reviews on Goodreads.

When the author publishes new work, you fall on it like a jackal. But then, the inevitable happens. You read their book—maybe it’s their second; maybe it’s their seventh—and you’re deeply disappointed. Continue Reading…

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