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Revised edition, featuring fully interactive table of contents, cross-referencing, links to external websites, downloadable resources, and content/formatting optimised for standard Kindle e-readers. The purpose of this historical writers’ guide and tool-kit is to introduce aspiring historical fiction writers to the skills needed to write both historical novels and short sto Revised edition, featuring fully interactive table of contents, cross-referencing, links to external websites, downloadable resources, and content/formatting optimised for standard Kindle e-readers. The purpose of this historical writers’ guide and tool-kit is to introduce aspiring historical fiction writers to the skills needed to write both historical novels and short stories. It also provides the opportunity for more experienced writers to revisit these skills, or make the transition from general to historical fiction writing. It is a step by step guide based on activities that provide an opportunity to practise and experiment with the skills and techniques needed to write authentic and satisfying historical fiction, which is both entertaining and engrossing. This practical handbook is designed to be used sequentially, but as with any good ‘tool-kit’ each chapter is a complete entity designed to highlight a particular skill or purpose, or writing ‘tool’ that will enhance your writing skills. Each group of skills that you need has been grouped together under seven main headings. The activities in each chapter focus on one aspect of the craft of writing historical fiction and can be used independently to clarify a particular problem or to reinforce the techniques and suggestions you are introduced to in the chapter. The objective of this how to write creative fiction guide is to provide you with the tools that that you will need to write your own work of historical fiction in an historical subgenre of your choice such as historical crime fiction. The tips and suggestions which have been generously contributed to this project sometimes complement and sometimes contradict the activities provided. They provide a fascinating glimpse into the way some of the most noteworthy and popular historical fiction writers and professionals within the field view their craft and the genre. The activities are based on the innovative workshop activities designed and used successfully by Myfanwy Cook (www.myfanwycook.com) over the past 15 years. Myfanwy has had over one hundred short stories published both in the UK and Australia. She has won national prizes and had her stories broadcast on the radio. Currently she is features editor of the Historical Novel Society’s HNR magazine (www.historicalnovelsociety.org). Myfanwy believes that mastering the art of writing is like becoming an apprentice. It is a craft and demands certain practical skills alongside imagination, creative flair, the desire to write and above all a love and commitment to writing. The workshops that she’s run have confirmed that what often holds aspiring writers back is their lack of confidence and fear that they lack certain practical skills such as how to write dialogue. What she is constantly amazed about is the richness of the imagination and the heartfelt aspiration to write historical fiction. It is hoped that this guide book will fill in some of the gaps and act as a tool-kit to provide you the aspiring writer with some of the skills that you haven’t yet mastered, but also that you will find it an interesting and useful introduction to the historical fiction writing genre. SPECIAL SPRING OFFER PRICE!


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Revised edition, featuring fully interactive table of contents, cross-referencing, links to external websites, downloadable resources, and content/formatting optimised for standard Kindle e-readers. The purpose of this historical writers’ guide and tool-kit is to introduce aspiring historical fiction writers to the skills needed to write both historical novels and short sto Revised edition, featuring fully interactive table of contents, cross-referencing, links to external websites, downloadable resources, and content/formatting optimised for standard Kindle e-readers. The purpose of this historical writers’ guide and tool-kit is to introduce aspiring historical fiction writers to the skills needed to write both historical novels and short stories. It also provides the opportunity for more experienced writers to revisit these skills, or make the transition from general to historical fiction writing. It is a step by step guide based on activities that provide an opportunity to practise and experiment with the skills and techniques needed to write authentic and satisfying historical fiction, which is both entertaining and engrossing. This practical handbook is designed to be used sequentially, but as with any good ‘tool-kit’ each chapter is a complete entity designed to highlight a particular skill or purpose, or writing ‘tool’ that will enhance your writing skills. Each group of skills that you need has been grouped together under seven main headings. The activities in each chapter focus on one aspect of the craft of writing historical fiction and can be used independently to clarify a particular problem or to reinforce the techniques and suggestions you are introduced to in the chapter. The objective of this how to write creative fiction guide is to provide you with the tools that that you will need to write your own work of historical fiction in an historical subgenre of your choice such as historical crime fiction. The tips and suggestions which have been generously contributed to this project sometimes complement and sometimes contradict the activities provided. They provide a fascinating glimpse into the way some of the most noteworthy and popular historical fiction writers and professionals within the field view their craft and the genre. The activities are based on the innovative workshop activities designed and used successfully by Myfanwy Cook (www.myfanwycook.com) over the past 15 years. Myfanwy has had over one hundred short stories published both in the UK and Australia. She has won national prizes and had her stories broadcast on the radio. Currently she is features editor of the Historical Novel Society’s HNR magazine (www.historicalnovelsociety.org). Myfanwy believes that mastering the art of writing is like becoming an apprentice. It is a craft and demands certain practical skills alongside imagination, creative flair, the desire to write and above all a love and commitment to writing. The workshops that she’s run have confirmed that what often holds aspiring writers back is their lack of confidence and fear that they lack certain practical skills such as how to write dialogue. What she is constantly amazed about is the richness of the imagination and the heartfelt aspiration to write historical fiction. It is hoped that this guide book will fill in some of the gaps and act as a tool-kit to provide you the aspiring writer with some of the skills that you haven’t yet mastered, but also that you will find it an interesting and useful introduction to the historical fiction writing genre. SPECIAL SPRING OFFER PRICE!

44 review for Historical Fiction Writing: A Practical Guide And Tool Kit

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mike Kanner

    A very helpful guide for the general writer as well as the fiction writer. However, there are some parts that are dated (a chapter on how to print and mail a manuscript may not apply anymore) and I found that the links in the e-book were no longer valid.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Iciek

    The early part of this book covers a lot of basic subjects for aspiring writers that can be helpful if you are just starting. I've been working away for a while, so I found the later chapters, particularly Chapters 10, 11 and 14 gave me useful advice. And I enjoyed reading all of the advice from other writers. I did not give the book 5 stars for a few reasons: first, there were a lot of typos in the kindle version that I read. I have no idea if it has to do with getting the book into a kindle for The early part of this book covers a lot of basic subjects for aspiring writers that can be helpful if you are just starting. I've been working away for a while, so I found the later chapters, particularly Chapters 10, 11 and 14 gave me useful advice. And I enjoyed reading all of the advice from other writers. I did not give the book 5 stars for a few reasons: first, there were a lot of typos in the kindle version that I read. I have no idea if it has to do with getting the book into a kindle format, or not, but it surprised me to find them in a book giving writing advice. Second, the discussion on grammar often just mentioned UK punctuation issues. Probably should have at least mentioned that it can be different in the US. Finally, the kindle version did not include tables that were referred to in the book. There were directions to a website that supposedly had the tables, but when I put the address in my computer, the website was not available. It would have been helpful to have the tables at the end of the book, although I am not sure if that is possible on a kindle. Overall, I found the book useful, while the limitations of reading it on a kindle sometimes frustrated me. I think it would function better as a paper workbook, or maybe as an online class.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This is exactly what it says it is - a really practical guide. There are writing assignments in every chapter : first to help you decide what genre of historical fiction you want to write, then to practise dialogue, description, narrative voice etc. Apparently the author runs workshops on this topic and has put together the exercises that really work. I haven't tried any of them yet, but they don't seem daunting. What I also liked about this book, and what sets it apart from being just a manual, This is exactly what it says it is - a really practical guide. There are writing assignments in every chapter : first to help you decide what genre of historical fiction you want to write, then to practise dialogue, description, narrative voice etc. Apparently the author runs workshops on this topic and has put together the exercises that really work. I haven't tried any of them yet, but they don't seem daunting. What I also liked about this book, and what sets it apart from being just a manual, are the tips from best-selling authors such as Bernard Cornwell. This makes it into a really good read as well as a "how to write" book. I think you could dip into it or read it from cover to cover. The fact that so many well-known writers have given their time to contribute to this book makes it just that bit special.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    "Historical Fiction Writing" will be most useful for people who haven't yet started typing, not even an outline. The book contains many exercises that, again, are probably most useful in the very earliest stages of research and drafting. I found the "tips" sections to be most useful. Oddly, and ironically, the Kindle version of this book contained lots of irritating editorial errors. I wish the author would clean those up and update the e-book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Steven Andrews

    Covers all aspects of historical fiction A bit heavy on writing exercises for my taste, but even the text of the exercises was informative. Especially enjoyed the extensive inclusion of tips from published authors.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Evelina

    This book would be a great resource for beginning authors or those new to historical fiction. I am neither, so there wasn't much new to me, but it's always nice to revisit the basics.

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