Posted on 10/13/2020 at 02:48 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

World building isn’t just something for fantasy and sci-fi authors to study. It’s equally important for writers of historical fiction...

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Posted on 09/22/2020 at 11:18 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Research is, of course, key to any type of historical fiction. But those of you writing about historical true crime...

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Posted on 07/16/2020 at 02:54 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

There’s no way around it: historical fiction can’t be nothing but the literal truth. The dialogue will confound or annoy...

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Posted on 08/18/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Caitlin Horrocks has taught fiction and nonfiction writing, in addition to writing short stories and novels herself. So she’s both...

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Posted on 06/04/2019 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Bestselling author Melanie Benjamin doesn’t have a magical ratio for the balance of fact and fiction in historical novels, she’s...

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Posted on 05/29/2019 at 11:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

As Tudor geeks, we’re no strangers to historical fiction starring monarchs with dark sides. But we still found ourselves taken...

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Posted on 10/11/2018 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

One of the most telling comments we ever heard in a job interview was that a prospective manager didn’t believe...

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Posted on 09/26/2018 at 11:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Specialist editor Andrew Noakes knows that fear can often inhibit a historical-fiction writer's creativity. If you’re among those terrified of...

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Posted on 07/11/2018 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

How many times have you eagerly picked up a historical novel, only to feel like you’d grabbed a textbook by...

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