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How to write historical fiction Writing a novel set in another time period can be challenging. Lesley Downer, the author of The Shogun's Queen, shares her advice for penning historical fiction.As you write your historical fiction novel, remember the following: Free write to brainstorm ideas.If you’re interested in writing historical fiction but don’t know where to start, spend 15 minutes writing in your notebook about a period or historical event you’re interested in rendering in fiction.Article. Seven Rules for Writing Historical Fiction By Elizabeth Crook Author of The Night Journal: A Novel. We grow up being told to “write” what we “know”, but history is the unknown.You have to learn almost everything about a period and the social customs just to get your characters out of their beds, (or off of their skins,) and feed them breakfast.
The magical thing about historical fiction is the way it truly makes you feel like you’re experiencing life in another era. The best historical fiction authors are able to combine fictional characters with real settings and events in a way that makes it all feel visceral and current.Read More
Historical fiction is a literary genre in which the plot takes place in a setting located in the past. Although the term is commonly used as a synonym for the historical novel, it can also be applied to other types of narrative, including theatre, opera, cinema and television, as well as video games and graphic novels. An essential element of historical fiction is that it is set in the past.Read More
The hardest part of writing historical fiction is authenticity. These tips on how to write a book set in the past will help you write a historical novel that readers (and editors!) love. Before the tips, a quip.Read More
Writing Historical Fiction is a good book for those of us who are beginning to write historical fiction. It is an overview of the topics one needs to do the job correctly. It has given me insight on areas I need to address in the writing of a work involving history. I would recommend it to a beginner in the field.Read More
I knew from the very first moment when I made the decision to finally write my first novel, it would be a historical fiction. My first real novel I read was Gone with the Wind; I was eleven years old.The small library at my school had only children’s books, and I had already read most of those, at least those worth reading, so I went to my hometown’s public library.Read More
Is it your dream to write a novel? Are you unclear on the process? Perhaps you’ve read a ton of books on writing or done a class, but you’re still confused on the way forward. Don’t worry. I know how you feel! When I started out writing fiction, I was just as overwhelmed as you might be right now. But after 12 bestselling novels, I’ve nailed down my process, so I hope this overview.Read More
I write southern historical fiction. The novel I'm writing is set in the Carolinas in the 1760s. I blog about my journey as a writer and a reader.Read More
Historical fiction writers are like writers of any other genre: Their craft its all a matter of hard work, a blend of both detective work and empathy. Here’s how to go about writing your own historical fiction with a healthy balance of historical accuracy and creative writing chops: Freewrite to brainstorm ideas.Read More
Through this comprehensive 14-module certified fiction writing course, you’ll discover how to transform simple ideas into concrete plots, write gripping scenes, add suspense to your writing, breathe life into your characters, and you’ll uncover professional marketing techniques that sell books and much more.Read More
The top 10 historical fiction authors have mastered each of these ingredients. No wonder their fans eagerly await every upcoming novel. M.K. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. Her debut novel, Unravelled: Two Wars. Two Affairs.Read More