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"Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it." George Santayana. Writing historical fiction involves more than taking a story and substituting carriages for cars. The historical novelist must do her best to understand the mindset of the people she writes about, even while she explores the timeless and universal desires common to human beings of every time "Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it." George Santayana. Writing historical fiction involves more than taking a story and substituting carriages for cars. The historical novelist must do her best to understand the mindset of the people she writes about, even while she explores the timeless and universal desires common to human beings of every time and place. This book describes historical fiction, tells the writer how to research, how to construct an authentic historic story world, and how to make the reader feel as though he or she is in the midst of the action. Short and to the point, WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION is a practical tool for the historical writer's desktop.


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"Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it." George Santayana. Writing historical fiction involves more than taking a story and substituting carriages for cars. The historical novelist must do her best to understand the mindset of the people she writes about, even while she explores the timeless and universal desires common to human beings of every time "Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it." George Santayana. Writing historical fiction involves more than taking a story and substituting carriages for cars. The historical novelist must do her best to understand the mindset of the people she writes about, even while she explores the timeless and universal desires common to human beings of every time and place. This book describes historical fiction, tells the writer how to research, how to construct an authentic historic story world, and how to make the reader feel as though he or she is in the midst of the action. Short and to the point, WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION is a practical tool for the historical writer's desktop.

30 review for Writing Historical Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Laure Estep

    2.5 stars. For what it was, it was pleasant and informative enough. But I felt that it actually could have been the outline to creating a wonderful book. I would have liked a more in depth discussion of many of the points, especially those that are of particular importance to writing historical fiction. More on research, more on atmosphere and creating a believable time and place, and such. I did enjoy her list of questions one needs to consider in choosing to write a historical tale. It 2.5 stars. For what it was, it was pleasant and informative enough. But I felt that it actually could have been the outline to creating a wonderful book. I would have liked a more in depth discussion of many of the points, especially those that are of particular importance to writing historical fiction. More on research, more on atmosphere and creating a believable time and place, and such. I did enjoy her list of questions one needs to consider in choosing to write a historical tale. It presented issues I might not have thought out clearly to begin with. Also the author's thoughts on choosing a time period to set your story and using historical figures in your story was very helpful.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Selina Griffin

    some useful tips but a glaring typo on the first page! there was an email address to correct it though, which I intend to do.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Fantastic little primer for those starting their journey down the historical fiction writing road, and great reminders for those who have been writing in the genre for years.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Stoner

    Very specific info Ms. Hunt provides many specific resources and examples of writhing historical fiction. No one book can cover the whole topic. This book is a great start.

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