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This is aimed at all those writers interested in the area of historical fiction and who are keen to know more about it. The many different kinds of historical fiction are covered in detail - the family saga, the romance, the nostalgia novel, the adventure story, the 'straight' historical. The particular requirements of this genre are that the novel must be believable. Pain This is aimed at all those writers interested in the area of historical fiction and who are keen to know more about it. The many different kinds of historical fiction are covered in detail - the family saga, the romance, the nostalgia novel, the adventure story, the 'straight' historical. The particular requirements of this genre are that the novel must be believable. Painstaking, but enjoyable research needs to be carried out to establish convincing background and characters. Observations from a number of leading historical novelists, including Rosemary Sutcliff, Winston Graham and Jean Plaidy are included in the book. Rhona Martin won the Georgette Heyer Historical Novel Award for Gallows Wedding. Other novels include The Unicorn Summer, Mango Walk and Goodbye Sally.


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This is aimed at all those writers interested in the area of historical fiction and who are keen to know more about it. The many different kinds of historical fiction are covered in detail - the family saga, the romance, the nostalgia novel, the adventure story, the 'straight' historical. The particular requirements of this genre are that the novel must be believable. Pain This is aimed at all those writers interested in the area of historical fiction and who are keen to know more about it. The many different kinds of historical fiction are covered in detail - the family saga, the romance, the nostalgia novel, the adventure story, the 'straight' historical. The particular requirements of this genre are that the novel must be believable. Painstaking, but enjoyable research needs to be carried out to establish convincing background and characters. Observations from a number of leading historical novelists, including Rosemary Sutcliff, Winston Graham and Jean Plaidy are included in the book. Rhona Martin won the Georgette Heyer Historical Novel Award for Gallows Wedding. Other novels include The Unicorn Summer, Mango Walk and Goodbye Sally.

30 review for Writing Historical Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    For being a nonfiction book on the topic of "How to Write Fiction" I strangely enjoyed reading this book. It is a small volume (Only 91 pages if you don't count the index) full of tons of information from every level of writing; the time it takes, how long it should be, where to start, how much research to do, how to break up chapters, et cetera, et cetera, all to getting published and starting your second novel. At some point I will have to add this book to my collection.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joy E. Rancatore

    Rhona Martin delivers a succinct yet thorough treatise on how to approach writing in general and historical fiction in particular in Writing Historical Fiction. This book brought me many nuggets of gold to tuck away in my treasure box of writing advice; and I plan to purchase a copy for my own shelf soon. The advice to follow the passion and heart for my story became the biggest takeaway for me. I would highly recommend this book to any writer, regardless of their genre. Martin guides students of Rhona Martin delivers a succinct yet thorough treatise on how to approach writing in general and historical fiction in particular in Writing Historical Fiction. This book brought me many nuggets of gold to tuck away in my treasure box of writing advice; and I plan to purchase a copy for my own shelf soon. The advice to follow the passion and heart for my story became the biggest takeaway for me. I would highly recommend this book to any writer, regardless of their genre. Martin guides students of the written craft through doing appropriate research; understanding the time period and relaying that properly through characters' motives, language and challenges; developing a proper structure for a story that will grab readers at page one and rush them along swiftly on a ride worth recommendation to all their friends; committing to the importance (and fun!) of the revision stage; and understanding and moving on from submission, rejection and/or publication. This candid look at the creative process leaves nothing out and no questions unanswered in less than 100 pages!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Liebel

    WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION by Rhona Martin Highlights include: [Cover] ...choosing and researching a subject ...setting the scene and recreating the period ...writing dialogue without anachronism ...balancing accuracy with entertainment Winner of the Georgette Heyer Historical Novel Prize I must say this is another of my reference books. The type of book to open and turn to any chapter for an hour of pleasure and study. ~Charlotte Liebel

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    excellent and not just for historical fiction

  5. 4 out of 5

    Fred Kohn

    This was a fun little book. Though short, it worked better for me to spread it out over several days; reading just a chapter at a time. The book is horribly dated and thoroughly British; I had to smile as I have no dustbin in my American house or petrol in my automobile. But of course such things are easily overlooked. The advice on writing is excellent, and that, of course, is the important thing.

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