For Writers

Imagining myself as a character in the times and places I studied in history class made it more interesting – especially when some of the lectures were dry and boring! 

Once I found myself scribbling notes about characters and settings on my travels, it was inevitable that I would write stories about where I had been, bringing those characters and places to life. Here are some resources to help any writer (aspiring or working) make that process easier!

Some of these books are specific to romance writing, because it as a genre has its own requirements and learning them can be an uphill climb!

And some books are specific to writing the historical novel, not just because I started writing historical fiction first, but because those nuances are also important!

Connecting with your writing and story truths is key to sustaining a joyful, successful writing career. To survive—and thrive—you need the help and wisdom of an expert. It’s time to discover your truth as a storyteller.

Write True is filled with lessons, craft, and truthful advice every writer needs to succeed.

Don’t just write.

Write true.

When you are planning to write a new story, all you need to focus on are the characters, and how they are going to change during the course of the romance as a result of the relationship. That is what will make your story both unique and compelling.

Advanced story craft techniques are very handy at the editing and revision stage when you shape your story for the reader – but not here! Instead, we use the power of character arc and emotional conflict to create a simple but effective emotional story map for your romance novel. As you write your romance, your characters will come to life on the page, and reveal their true personalities through what they say and do. But first you have to get those characters onto the page and interacting with one another – fast!

This is not your typical 'how to write a novel' guide, with the usual discussions on point of view, character development and setting. Instead, in this discussion on writing a novel, we gain insight into the winning presentation and writing techniques that have made Judy's stories resonate with romance readers around the world, making them keep coming back for more. Here, Judy shares several secrets to her winning style and her success (e.g. how to quickly hook and hold the reader captive to the close). It is a guide that will help you create a winning writing war chest of your own. Reader beware!

This is not a book on how to write historical fiction. It is a book on how not to write historical fiction.
If you love history and you’re hard at work writing your first 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 fictional 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, acclaimed historical novelist Susanne Alleyn exposes the often hilarious, always painful goofs that turn up most frequently in fiction set in the past.

In Once Upon a Time It Was Now, best-selling author James Alexander Thom (Follow the River, From Sea to Shining Sea, Sign-Talker) gives you the tools you need to research and create stories born from the past that will move and inspire modern readers. His comprehensive approach includes lessons on how to:

Find and use historical archives and conduct physical field research

Re-construct the world of your novel, including people and voices, physical environments, and cultural context

Achieve verisimilitude in speech, action, setting, and description

Seamlessly weave historical fact with your own compelling plot ideas

With wit and candor, Thom's detailed instruction, illuminating personal experience, and invaluable insights culled from discussions with other trusted historical writers will guide you to craft a novel that is true to what was then, when then was now.

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.

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