Posted on December 22, 2021 at 9:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Even if — or especially if — we didn’t live through them, world-changing historical events certainly capture our attention.

And they can be wonderful fodder for fiction, too.

Author Anna Stuart recently made the transition from what she describes as nook-and-cranny historical stories — for instance, the struggle of the Berlin Zoo during World War II — to the very well-known one of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

But in order to write a novel and not a history text about it, she needed to make certain deliberate stylistic decisions.

Stuart shared five tips that helped her write about a big historic event in a way that was a story, not history, at Writer’s Digest.

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