Writing Historical Novels

Or are you a published novelist who wants to switch genres? In her meticulously researched book, Marina Oliver covers all aspects of writing historical fiction.

Author: Marina Oliver

Publisher:

ISBN: 1842850776

Category: Authorship

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Have you always wanted to write historical fiction but not known how to go about it? Or are you a published novelist who wants to switch genres? In her meticulously researched book, Marina Oliver covers all aspects of writing historical fiction.

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

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

Category:

Page: 60

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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.

Die Taugenichtse

Kapitulation? Niemals! Stattdessen beginnen die Überlebenskünstler, sich neu zu erfinden – und ihre neue Heimat gleich mit. Samuel Selvons Ton zwischen kreolischem Straßenslang und balladesker Suada setzt sich sofort ins Ohr.

Author: Samuel Selvon

Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 9783423431927

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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Ein Roman wie ein Lieblingssong Moses, Big City, Fünf-nach-zwölf und die anderen setzen große Hoffnungen in ihr neues Leben im "Zentrum der Welt", so nennen sie das London der Nachkriegszeit. Sie sind aus der Karibik hierhergekommen, jetzt staunen sie über die Dampfwolken vor ihren Mündern. Und wenn der Wochenlohn wieder nicht reicht, jagen sie eben die Tauben auf dem Dach. Kapitulation? Niemals! Stattdessen beginnen die Überlebenskünstler, sich neu zu erfinden – und ihre neue Heimat gleich mit. Samuel Selvons Ton zwischen kreolischem Straßenslang und balladesker Suada setzt sich sofort ins Ohr. Bedingungslos aufrichtig erzählt Selvon von den ersten Einwanderern Englands, die das Land für immer verändert haben – sein Denken, seine Sprache, sein Selbstverständnis. Die literarische Entdeckung!

Get Started in Writing Historical Fiction

Designed to build your confidence and help fire up creativity, this book is an essential guide to mastering the practicalities of writing historical fiction, showing you where to start with research, developing your plots, and convincingly ...

Author: Emma Darwin

Publisher: Teach Yourself

ISBN: 1473609666

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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Do you have a compelling vision for a story set in the past? Get Started in Writing Historical Fiction is designed for anyone who wants to write in this genre of fiction, whatever their preoccupation or "era". Designed to build confidence and help fire up creativity, it is also an essential guide to mastering the practicalities of writing historical fiction, from where to start with research to how to capture the voices of the past. It carries the distinctive learning features of the flagship Teach Yourself Creative Writing series, with Snapshots designed to get you writing quickly, Key Idea to help crystallize thought, and a wealth of supplementary material, including a plotting grid, which will be indispensable for aspiring novelists.

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

Category:

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

A Writers' and Artists' Companion Celia Brayfield, Duncan Sprott. But somewhere along the line, historical novels began evolving, interbreeding, as it were, ...

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.

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

Category:

Page: 214

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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)

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.

Get Started in Writing Historical Fiction

practicality of writing historical fiction feels more possible and more exciting; that you've tried new things and got new ideas for the future; ...

Author: Emma Darwin

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781473609679

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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Do you have a compelling vision for a story set in the past? Are you inspired by novelists such as Alan Furst and Philippa Gregory? Get Started in Writing Historical Fiction is designed for anyone who wants to write in this exciting and wide-ranging genre of fiction, whatever your favorite style and era. Designed to build your confidence and help fire up creativity, this book is an essential guide to mastering the practicalities of writing historical fiction, showing you where to start with research, developing your plots, and convincingly and imaginatively capturing the voices of the past. Using Snapshots designed to get you writing quickly, Key Ideas to help crystallize thought, and a wealth of supplementary materials, this indispensable guide will have you telling amazing and rich historical stories in no time. You'll learn to research and plan your story, practice developing characters and settings, perfect your characters' voices, and transport the reader to another era. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their stories. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises, and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community, at tyjustwrite.com, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

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!

Yana A Historical Novel

This novel is an incredible coming-of-age story of a young Serbian woman, Yana, who is abducted from Belgrade, after the German occupation in WWII to be used as slave labor, making guns at a German factory, who manages to survive despite ...

Author: S. Sue McMillan

Publisher: Cross Cultural Communications

ISBN: 0893046779

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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Fiction. With the German occupation and pacification of Belgrade in 1941, an uneasy sense of normalcy replaced the gunfire and the bombings. After weeks of home confinement, Yana Primuz, a sixteen-year-old Serbian girl, defies her mother's orders and slips out of the house to meet her friends, and to flirt with the boys. But a sudden Nazi roundup ensnares her. Shipped in a cattle car to a German work camp, Yana sees in the women's faces around her a reflection of her own terror. But wiping her tears she vows never to give in, to escape, to survive. "YANA is a riveting, bleak look at one of history's great atrocities. Its unsparing personal narrative and unflinching depiction of the horrors of war will place it among the classics of its genre."--Jasper DeWitt "It is Yana Primuz herself, known to be 'so good with words' who tells us of her forced removal as a teenager during WWII from Belgrade in Yugoslavia to a labor camp, Zella-Mehlis (historical, not a fiction), just south of Belsen in Germany. For years, she suffers from rape, from cold and hunger, is forced to kill, experiences love, observes a range of perpetrators and fellow victims who have us reeling as we read on toward a riveting ending. S. Sue McMillan and Paul M. Levitt, from this book's opening sentences through this young woman's liberation by the American army & beyond, create a Yana of authoritative voice--we are assured, by way of indisputable sensory detail, that she was there and now records the truth. This memoir-novel will frighten, thrill, enlighten, and serve as memorial for its readers of all ages."--William Heyen "No one wants to be in the middle of a state of entropy that war can create, unable to predict what s to come and having things gradually decline into disorder. Yet, these authors skillfully drag us in. This novel is an incredible coming-of-age story of a young Serbian woman, Yana, who is abducted from Belgrade, after the German occupation in WWII to be used as slave labor, making guns at a German factory, who manages to survive despite being abused, raped, starved and to fall in love, thus escaping the hell she had lived for four, long years."--Biljana D. Obradovic

African American Women Writers Historical Fiction

My work aims to reflect on Walker's achievement in writing historical fictionwhen African American history remained practically unwritten.

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.

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.

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

Montreal in the 50 s

This guide is intended to provide basic information and historical context for the decade of the 1950's in Montreal. This research can then be used to create a historically-accurate work of fiction.

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Publisher: Olivia Makinson

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 19

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This guide is intended to provide basic information and historical context for the decade of the 1950's in Montreal. This research can then be used to create a historically-accurate work of fiction.

The Runaway Brides Collection

What is a woman of the 1800s to do when she feels powerless to choose her own spouse and marry for love—run!

Author: Rita Gerlach

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

ISBN: 9781683228196

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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What is a woman of the 1800s to do when she feels powerless to choose her own spouse and marry for love—run! Amy’s home is at stake if she doesn’t marry her neighbor. Delia’s father wants her to marry into a political family. Georgiana is posing as a wealthy man’s wife in order to hide from her groom. Callie is fleeing one wedding and racing to marry a stranger. Emily flees her wedding with the help of a mysterious coachman. Josey’s best friend leaves a letter proposing marriage unanswered in order to elope. Bernadine becomes the ward and pawn of her evil uncle. Where will each turn when they have only God to trust? Seven women facing the marriage altar make the decision to flee, but who can they now trust?

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 ...

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.