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Do you have a compelling vision for a story set in the past? Are you inspired by novelists such as Alan Furst and Philippa Gregory? Get Started in Writing Historical Fiction is designed for anyone who wants to write in this exciting and wide-ranging genre of fiction, whatever your favorite style and era. Designed to build your confidence and help fire up creativity, this b Do you have a compelling vision for a story set in the past? Are you inspired by novelists such as Alan Furst and Philippa Gregory? Get Started in Writing Historical Fiction is designed for anyone who wants to write in this exciting and wide-ranging genre of fiction, whatever your favorite style and era. Designed to build your confidence and help fire up creativity, this book is an essential guide to mastering the practicalities of writing historical fiction, showing you where to start with research, developing your plots, and convincingly and imaginatively capturing the voices of the past. Using Snapshots designed to get you writing quickly, Key Ideas to help crystallize thought, and a wealth of supplementary materials, this indispensable guide will have you telling amazing and rich historical stories in no time. You'll learn to research and plan your story, practice developing characters and settings, perfect your characters' voices, and transport the reader to another era. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their stories. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises, and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community, at tyjustwrite.com, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.


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Do you have a compelling vision for a story set in the past? Are you inspired by novelists such as Alan Furst and Philippa Gregory? Get Started in Writing Historical Fiction is designed for anyone who wants to write in this exciting and wide-ranging genre of fiction, whatever your favorite style and era. Designed to build your confidence and help fire up creativity, this b Do you have a compelling vision for a story set in the past? Are you inspired by novelists such as Alan Furst and Philippa Gregory? Get Started in Writing Historical Fiction is designed for anyone who wants to write in this exciting and wide-ranging genre of fiction, whatever your favorite style and era. Designed to build your confidence and help fire up creativity, this book is an essential guide to mastering the practicalities of writing historical fiction, showing you where to start with research, developing your plots, and convincingly and imaginatively capturing the voices of the past. Using Snapshots designed to get you writing quickly, Key Ideas to help crystallize thought, and a wealth of supplementary materials, this indispensable guide will have you telling amazing and rich historical stories in no time. You'll learn to research and plan your story, practice developing characters and settings, perfect your characters' voices, and transport the reader to another era. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their stories. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises, and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community, at tyjustwrite.com, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

30 review for Get Started in Writing Historical Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    This is the first "how to" creative writing book I've looked at since college (some 20 years ago), so I don't really have a comparison. There are a lot of very good and useful tips. I haven't done the exercises yet but will probably go back to those. The author seems to have a bias against self publishing or any company that provides self publishing services. I'm not sure I would agree with her assessment in that regard, but there is still useful advice about how to package your product after yo This is the first "how to" creative writing book I've looked at since college (some 20 years ago), so I don't really have a comparison. There are a lot of very good and useful tips. I haven't done the exercises yet but will probably go back to those. The author seems to have a bias against self publishing or any company that provides self publishing services. I'm not sure I would agree with her assessment in that regard, but there is still useful advice about how to package your product after you're done writing it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Excellent book, packed with great ideas for breaking into this genre. “Remember, you are not writing history. You are writing stories. You are writing a novel about something that never happened about people that never existed.”

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I won this book on a goodread giveaway. A very informative book . Great tips on researching the past and libraray anchives along with generally tips on the setting and prose. Well worth a read for all budding authors.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Steve Lee

    Received free via a Goodreads giveaway. A straightforward and well presented aid to writing historical fiction. While not really a writer of fiction, there was still a lot of valuable information I could take from the book and apply to my own writing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    This is a very helpful book which explains historical fiction writing in a very straightforward way. I especially loved the little quotes and tips from authors. I received this book from a Goodreads First reads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Riversue

    Full of useful ideas with a good list of resources in the back plus a grid for keeping track of plot points.

  7. 4 out of 5

    H.E. Bulstrode

    A solid guide to writing historical fiction This is the second volume that I’ve read devoted specifically to the subject of writing historical fiction, and it is the better of the two by far. It provides a good practical nuts and bolts approach to the crafting of stories in this most demanding of loose and baggy genres, focusing primarily upon the novel. If exercises should be your thing, then Darwin provides plenty of them peppered throughout the text to get your creative juices flowing. Her len A solid guide to writing historical fiction This is the second volume that I’ve read devoted specifically to the subject of writing historical fiction, and it is the better of the two by far. It provides a good practical nuts and bolts approach to the crafting of stories in this most demanding of loose and baggy genres, focusing primarily upon the novel. If exercises should be your thing, then Darwin provides plenty of them peppered throughout the text to get your creative juices flowing. Her lengthy experience as both a tutor of creative writing and a novelist truly shows through here, and whereas some other books I’ve read on the practice of writing tend to contain a fair amount of waffle, this one doesn’t. It is packed with useful suggestions, and would likely be useful to anyone looking to write in a different genre. One of the many things that I liked about this book was that it cautioned against the slavish following of advice dished out by any one author, as every writer has their own stylistic bent, and what is ‘right’ for a predominantly American readership might grate with some UK readers and vice versa. Every author has to find their own individual voice, as well as their readership, with the latter being one of the hardest tasks of all, not least because of genre constraints and expectations. Darwin touches upon several of the subgenres of historical fiction such as adventure and thriller, crime and mystery, and comedy to name but three, but alas she does not touch upon my own: the rather idiosyncratic combination of ‘horror’, historical fiction, and, more often than not, comedy. As with every book I have read on writing and publishing, she emphasises the importance of submitting your manuscript to professionals in the sphere of copy editing and proofreading, although her text in the final two chapters provides ineloquent testimony to their fallibility in the form of a considerable number of typos, as well as a completely mangled and nonsensical sentence.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Howe

    This is the best book of advice for aspiring writers that I've read yet, and I've read a few. The focus is, of course, on historical fiction, with some useful exercises and particular advice on that genre, but there is a lot of solid advice on core aspects of storytelling that are applicable across all genres. The examples, from physic distance to free indirect style to the pros and cons of past vs present tense, are clear and easy to understand. I'm keeping it within easy reach on my desk, alon This is the best book of advice for aspiring writers that I've read yet, and I've read a few. The focus is, of course, on historical fiction, with some useful exercises and particular advice on that genre, but there is a lot of solid advice on core aspects of storytelling that are applicable across all genres. The examples, from physic distance to free indirect style to the pros and cons of past vs present tense, are clear and easy to understand. I'm keeping it within easy reach on my desk, along with several other indispensable reference books. And now, having gone through it once, I will have to go through it again, and make notes of all the novels she quoted bits from, to hunt them down and read them myself.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Pineo

    Somewhat helpful advice but I don't like the layout and format of the book at all. I wish it was just written with regular chapters in a start to finish format. It's so hard to find up-to-date/in-print books on writing historical fiction so I was hoping this one would be my go-to book. I'm disappointed it won't be.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Byrne

    This is an excellent resource even if you are not planning on writing a historical novel and just want to improve your fiction writing. I see a few reviews complaining about the layout, pure nonsense, the layout is perfect and very easy to follow.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shelly Knight

    I have nothing to compare it to as this is the first one I've finished in this genre but I think it was pretty good. I like that it uses writing workshop style to actually get me writing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Just_me

    Great book, ramed pack with information, will be living on my self for reference.

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    Anna

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    Cara Moore

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  17. 5 out of 5

    Helen Leighton-Rose

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chanelle Nash

  19. 4 out of 5

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  20. 5 out of 5

    MRS H

  21. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

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    Lou

  23. 4 out of 5

    Suzy Henderson

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alison Panning

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    Kirsty Skidmore

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    Judy

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    Nick Burchett

  29. 5 out of 5

    L.M. Payne

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Motz

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