10 Rules for Writing Historical Fiction

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Masterclass Historical FictionI found this on Writer UnBoxed, and thought it worth a share, but you need to plow through the intro to get to the ’10 things’ so I thought I’d summarize for you, and link you to the post for more of the gory details.

10 Rules for Rewriting History

by  Jennifer Cody Epstein,  the author ofThe Gods of Heavenly Punishment and the international bestseller The Painter from Shanghai

  1. History rides shotgun.  Remember that what you’re writing is a novel—not a history book. This means history should be used only to heighten and deepen your narrative, and not the other way around.
  2. Write right awayor at least, feel like you could if you had to. Many historical novelists put off writing until they feel that they’ve “researched enough.” If your story is strong enough, though, you should be able to write it (or…

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