Writing Historical Fiction

This simple guide aims to help the novice author who wants to write historical fiction make a start.

Author: Laura Dowers

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1503176355

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This simple guide aims to help the novice author who wants to write historical fiction make a start. Historical fiction is a very demanding genre to try and write, perhaps more so than any other. A writer has to try and recreate a world that has gone and do so convincingly. There are a great many things for the writer to consider - which form of narration to use, how to make the dialogue sound authentic, how to conduct research and how to stop a novel reading like a history textbook. Writing Historical Fiction: A Guide is an introduction to getting started writing historical fiction. It is intended for the novice author who is just beginning their creative writing journey and is unsure how to begin writing historical fiction. Included in this guide are links to the websites of historic places to visit in the UK, links to sites which contain information which may be of value to the novice writer researching their novel, as well as a few links to planning templates created by the author. Laura Dowers is the author of 'The Queen's Favourite', a historical novel about the life of Robert Dudley, the notorious Earl of Leicester.

Writing History as a Prophet

This is a postmodernist history of the historical novel with special attention to the political implications of the postmodernist attitude toward the past.

Author: Elisabeth Wesseling

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027222126

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 218

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This is a postmodernist history of the historical novel with special attention to the political implications of the postmodernist attitude toward the past. Beginning with the poetics of Sir Walter Scott, Wesseling moves via a global survey of 19th century historical fiction to modernist innovations in the genre. Noting how the self-reflexive strategy enables a novelist to represent an episode from the past alongside the process of gathering and formulating historical knowledge, the author discusses the elaboration of this strategy, introduced by novelists such as Virginia Woolf and William Faulkner, in the work of, among others, Julian Barnes, Jay Cantor, Robert Coover and Graham Swift.Wesseling also shows how postmodernist writers attempt to envisage alternative sequences for historical events. Deliberately distorting historical facts, authors of such uchronian fiction, like Thomas Pynchon, Ishmael R. Read, Salman Rushdie and Gunter Grass, imagine what history looks like from the perspective of the losers, rather than the winners.

Writing Historical Fiction

Tells how to do research for an historical novel, discusses characterization, language, plot, and editing, and tells how to submit a manuscript

Author: Rhona Martin

Publisher: St Martins Press

ISBN: 0312018487

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 95

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Tells how to do research for an historical novel, discusses characterization, language, plot, and editing, and tells how to submit a manuscript

Painting the Past

Do the work. Let your creativity loose into the world so you can share your love of history and your passion for the written word with others.

Author: Meredith Allard

Publisher:

ISBN: 0578846772

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Page: 166

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Do you want to write historical fiction? Join Meredith Allard, the executive editor of The Copperfield Review, the award-winning literary journal for readers and writers of historical fiction, as she shares tips and tricks for creating believable historical worlds through targeted research and a vivid imagination. Give in to your daydreams. Do the work. Let your creativity loose into the world so you can share your love of history and your passion for the written word with others.

Writing Historical Fiction

Sir Steven Runciman, author of A History of the Crusades, was asked by a writer for the New Yorker if he had ever thought about writing a historical novel. 'Oh yes', he replied, 'I deeply wanted to do so in order ...

Author: Celia Brayfield

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781780938387

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 344

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Writing Historical Fiction: A Writers' & Artists' Companion is an invaluable companion for a writer working in this challenging and popular literary genre, whether your period is Ancient Rome or World War II. PART 1 includes reflections on the genre and provides a short history of historical fiction. PART 2 contains guest contributions from Margaret Atwood, Ian Beck, Madison Smartt Bell, Ronan Bennett, Vanora Bennett, Tracy Chevalier, Lindsay Clarke, Elizabeth Cook, Anne Doughty, Sarah Dunant, Michel Faber, Margaret George, Philippa Gregory, Katharine McMahon, Valerio Massimo Manfredi, Hilary Mantel, Alan Massie, Ian Mortimer, Kate Mosse, Charles Palliser, Orhan Pamuk, Edward Rutherfurd, Manda Scott, Adam Thorpe, Stella Tillyard, Rose Tremain, Alison Weir and Louisa Young. PART 3 offers practical exercises and advice on such topics as research, plots and characters, mastering authentic but accessible dialogue and navigating the world of agents and publishers.

Writing the Past

This guide also includes two bonus sections on important mindset tips for authors so that they can succeed without burning out, and a proven historical novel book launch strategy blueprint that will help get you to #1.

Author: Adam Alexander Haviaras

Publisher: Adam Alexander Haviaras

ISBN: 9781988309347

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 276

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Eagles and Dragons Publishing Guides – Helping Authors bring the Past to Life Have you ever wanted to write a historical novel, but don’t know where to start? Have you already written a book, but aren’t sure how to get it out into the world? Does modern book publishing and marketing overwhelm you? If any of these questions or other challenges are holding you back, then The Eagles and Dragons Publishing Guide to Researching, Writing, Publishing, and Marketing Historical Fiction and Historical Fantasy can help to jumpstart your author career. In this short, easy-to-understand guide, #1 bestselling author and historian, Adam Alexander Haviaras, shares proven, actionable tips and tricks that will help you to learn the following: - Historical research methodologies that anyone can use, no matter their level of education, to gather important background information for a novel. - Essential writing tips that will help you to write and complete a convincing historical novel that readers will love. - Publishing options and crucial steps for the historical novelist to succeed in the modern world. - Proven book marketing strategies that will ensure your historical epic gets to readers and turns them into fans. This guide also includes two bonus sections on important mindset tips for authors so that they can succeed without burning out, and a proven historical novel book launch strategy blueprint that will help get you to #1. Whether you are someone with an idea for a first novel, or a veteran author in need of reinforcements, everyone is guaranteed to get at least one tip or strategy from this book that will move their author career forward to victory. It is the best time to be an author. Start your journey today!

Speaking in the Past Tense

Consists of interviews with eleven Canadian historical novelists.

Author: Herb Wyile

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 9780889205116

Category: History

Page: 327

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Consists of interviews with eleven Canadian historical novelists.

How I Write Historical Fiction

Revised and Expanded Kindle Edition, April 2016 Though not a conventional guide to writing fiction - and there are many of these on the market - this is a set of essays and interviews that explores the writing process from the viewpoint of ...

Author: Richard Blake

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1985226405

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Revised and Expanded Kindle Edition, April 2016 Though not a conventional guide to writing fiction - and there are many of these on the market - this is a set of essays and interviews that explores the writing process from the viewpoint of a successful practitioner. Subjects explored include: How to develop a plot? How to give birth to realistic characters? How to write convincing dialogue? How to write about sexual and other assumptions in other times and places? How to work round writer's block? How to find a publisher, or how to get by without one? Gay Sex in the Roman Empire History of Syphilis Do Ghosts Exist? Richard Blake is the author of the Aelric series of Byzantine historical novels. These have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Greek, Slovak, Hungarian, Chinese and Indonesian. As well as this, he is an historian, broadcaster and university lecturer, who lives in Kent with his wife and daughter. Praise for historical novels by Richard Blake: "Fascinating to read, very well written, an intriguing plot and I enjoyed it very much." (Derek Jacobi, star of I Claudius and Gladiator) "Vivid characters, devious plotting and buckets of gore are enhanced by his unfamiliar choice of period.... Nasty, fun and educational." (The Daily Telegraph) "He knows how to deliver a fast-paced story and his grasp of the period is impressively detailed." (The Mail on Sunday) "It would be hard to over-praise this extraordinary series, a near-perfect blend of historical detail and atmosphere with the plot of a conspiracy thriller, vivid characters, high philosophy and vulgar comedy." (The Morning Star)

African American Women Writers Historical Fiction

extricate the selected novels from the literary vacuum in which they are traditionally read and place them within the ... My work aims to reflect on Walker's achievement in writing historical fictionwhen African American history ...

Author: A. Nunes

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230118850

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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This volume explores African American historical fiction written by women in the last four decades of the twentieth century. Nunes' approach to the texts aims at emphasizing the narrative and thematic achievements of individual novels set in the context of the main trends and developments of the contemporary African American historical novel.

Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders

This is not a book on how to write historical fiction.

Author: Susanne Alleyn

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1490424032

Category: Reference

Page: 242

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This is not a book on how to write historical fiction. It is a book on how not to write historical fiction. If you're hard at work writing your historical novel, but you're wondering if your medieval Irishmen would live on potatoes, if your 17th-century pirate would use a revolver, or if your hero would be able to offer Marie-Antoinette a box of chocolate bonbons . . . (The answer to all these is “Absolutely not!”) . . . then Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders is the book for you. Medieval Underpants will guide you through the factual mistakes that writers of historical fiction—both beginners and seasoned professionals—often make, and show you how to avoid them. From characters crossing streets that wouldn't exist for another sixty (or two thousand) years, to 1990s slang in the mouths of 1940s characters, to South American foods on ancient Roman plates, historical novelist Susanne Alleyn exposes frequent goofs, stresses the hazards of assuming too much about details of life in past eras, and offers tips on how to avoid errors and anachronisms while continually reminding writers of the necessity of meticulous historical research. Second edition, revised and expanded "I've been writing historical fiction for several decades, and I found this book immediately useful. I wish it had been published long ago. Written with humour, knowledge and common sense. An essential!" Sandra Gulland, author, MISTRESS OF THE SUN and The Josephine B. Trilogy

Write Your Own Historical Fiction Story

UNCOVER HISTORICAL WORLDS Maria ark Twain and Charles Dickens ( left ) were not historical - fiction writers . They wrote about their own times . But their books may help you " tune in ” to the ways people thought , talked , and lived ...

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Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 0756516404

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

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Explains how to create historical fiction, from crafting believable characters to creating intense plots, with examples from successful books.

Writing Historical Fiction

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Author: Dartan Creations

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1544996047

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Page: 110

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Blank lined journals are perfect to record all the important events in your life and this 6 x 9, 108 page lined notebook is excellent for doing just that. A place for all your thoughts, poems, funny quips or even recipes. Honestly it is just lined paper inside so you can make it into anything you want. A day timer, travel journal, diary, notebook for school, etc. You could even write the next bestselling graphic novel in it. O.K. I know you get it. Oh and it makes the perfect gift. Blank Book Billionaire Journals, Coloring Books and Puzzle Books is focused on creating high quality, fun and yet practical books to enhance your daily life. Whether you are looking for a funny and hilarious journal as a gift option or something to track your fondest memories or your favorite recipes we have it. We have the following books ready for you in multiple varieties: Notorious Notebooks Journal Your Life's Journey My Recipe Journal My Travel Journal My Bucket List My Diet Journal My Food Journal My Dream Journal My Gratitude Journal My Pregnancy Journal My To Do List Journal My Address Book My Smoothie Recipe Journal My Fitness Journal My Workout Journal My Golfing Log Book My Running Journal My Daily Journal My Lined Journal My Lined Notebook Kadence Lee Coloring Books Just search Amazon for any one of these author names and look for ones with Blank Book Billionaire. Scroll up and grab your copy today, nah grab two ;)

Speculative Fictions

Drawing on the work of theorists and critics such as Hayden White, Mikhail Bakhtin, Fredric Jameson, Linda Hutcheon, and Michel De Certeau, Speculative Fictions examines the nature of these novels' engagement with Canadian history, ...

Author: Herb Wyile

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773569898

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 360

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Herb Wyile provides a comparative analysis of the historical concerns and textual strategies of twenty novels published since the appearance of Rudy Wiebe's groundbreaking The Temptations of Big Bear in 1973. Drawing on the work of theorists and critics such as Hayden White, Mikhail Bakhtin, Fredric Jameson, Linda Hutcheon, and Michel De Certeau, Speculative Fictions examines the nature of these novels' engagement with Canadian history, historiography, and the writing of historical fiction. In the 1970s and early 1980s, writers such as Wiebe, Joy Kogawa, and Timothy Findley set the stage for a predominantly postcolonial and postmodern interrogation of traditional conceptions of Canadian history, the writing of history and fiction, and the idea of nation. Through his comparative approach, Wyile emphasizes the ways in which this spirit has been sustained in more recent historical novels by Jane Urquhart, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Tom Wharton, Margaret Atwood, and others. He concludes that the writing of history in English-Canadian fiction over the last thirty years makes a substantial contribution to a revisioning of history and to a postcolonial renegotiation of Canada and Canadian society as we enter into a new century.

Writing History as a Prophet

Postmodernist innovations of the historical novel Elisabeth Wesseling ... In other words, nineteenth-century writers of historical fiction had not yet arrived at a method for incorporating metahistorical commentary into the body of the ...

Author: Elisabeth Wesseling

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027277602

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 218

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This is a postmodernist history of the historical novel with special attention to the political implications of the postmodernist attitude toward the past. Beginning with the poetics of Sir Walter Scott, Wesseling moves via a global survey of 19th century historical fiction to modernist innovations in the genre. Noting how the self-reflexive strategy enables a novelist to represent an episode from the past alongside the process of gathering and formulating historical knowledge, the author discusses the elaboration of this strategy, introduced by novelists such as Virginia Woolf and William Faulkner, in the work of, among others, Julian Barnes, Jay Cantor, Robert Coover and Graham Swift. Wesseling also shows how postmodernist writers attempt to envisage alternative sequences for historical events. Deliberately distorting historical facts, authors of such uchronian fiction, like Thomas Pynchon, Ishmael R. Read, Salman Rushdie and Gunter Grass, imagine what history looks like from the perspective of the losers, rather than the winners.

History Fiction and Germany

A study of the content, development, and transmission of German identity during the nineteenth century as Germany's national narrative took shape in historical fiction and in both popular and academic history.

Author: Brent Orlyn Peterson

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814332005

Category: History

Page: 360

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A study of the content, development, and transmission of German identity during the nineteenth century as Germany's national narrative took shape in historical fiction and in both popular and academic history.

Gore Vidal s Historical Novels and the Shaping of American Political Consciousness

As a writer of sophisticated historical fiction, satirical fantasies and incisive essays on the political and cultural condition of America, Gore Vidal's reputation is well-established.

Author: Stephen Harris

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000103032938

Category: History

Page: 247

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As a writer of sophisticated historical fiction, satirical fantasies and incisive essays on the political and cultural condition of America, Gore Vidal's reputation is well-established. This study explores Gore Vidal's use of classical scepticism in his historical novels and in his politics. While a great deal has been written about Vidal, there has not yet been published a serious analysis of his philosophical approach to the reading and interpretation of history, and how this in turn informs the writing of his historical fiction. What this study offers is a full understanding of how Vidal's sceptical and dissenting views reflect the mind of a politically committed and serious thinker, and, in turn, how these views directly inform the creation of a body of writing that is as intellectually challenging as it is engagingly varied in form and character.

Georgette Heyer History and Historical Fiction

From the gothic to data science, there is something for everyone in this volume; a celebration of Heyer’s ‘nonesuch’ status amongst historical novelists, proving that she and her contemporary women writers deserve to be read (and ...

Author: Samantha J. Rayner

Publisher: UCL Press

ISBN: 9781787357600

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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The Nonesuch is the name of one of Georgette Heyer’s most famous novels. It means a person or thing without equal, and Georgette Heyer is certainly that. Her historical works inspire a fiercely loyal, international readership and are championed by literary figures such as A. S. Byatt and Stephen Fry. Georgette Heyer, History, and Historical Fiction brings together an eclectic range of chapters from scholars all over the world to explore the contexts of Heyer’s career. Divided into four parts – gender; genre; sources; and circulation and reception – the volume draws on scholarship on Heyer and her contemporaries to show how her work sits in a chain of influence, and why it remains pertinent to current conversations on books and publishing in the twenty-first century. Heyer’s impact on science fiction is accounted for, as are the milieu she was writing in, the many subsequent works that owe Heyer’s writing a debt, and new methods for analysing these enduring books. From the gothic to data science, there is something for everyone in this volume; a celebration of Heyer’s ‘nonesuch’ status amongst historical novelists, proving that she and her contemporary women writers deserve to be read (and studied) as more than just guilty pleasures.

Neo Victorian Fiction and Historical Narrative

As we have seen, Wallace suggests that historical fiction has allowed women to 'cross-write as men' (209), yet Byatt's novella implicitly reveals the limitations that such an approach imposes on women's writing.

Author: L. Hadley

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230317499

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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Placing the popular genre of neo-Victorian fiction within the context of the contemporary cultural fascination with the Victorians, this book argues that these novels are distinguished by a commitment to historical specificity and understands them within their contemporary context and the context of Victorian historical and literary narratives.