Articles Contributed by Historical Novelists

In dozens of articles submitted by HNS members, explore the craft of writing historical fiction, including research tips, plotting techniques, character development, time periods, setting descriptions, and more!

Walk the Field; Make the Dress –

April 9, 2024

Guest Post by Sally Bays  Last year, I decided to make a replica historical suit of clothing, using only the […]

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Of Quirks and Necessities: Putting People Before Time

April 1, 2024

Guest Post by Judy Lynn Ichkhanian – When people I meet discover that I write Historical Romance, they shake their […]

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Five Thoughts on Researching Nineteenth-Century (Western) Demimondes

March 9, 2024

Guest Post by Amelia Hester – Researching the demimonde requires nuance and a willingness to step back from our biases, […]

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Turning Family History into a Historical Novel: Writing Tips

February 14, 2024

Guest Post by Pamela Pan – Families mirror the time they inhabit like water droplets reflecting an ocean. Family history, […]

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How to Plot a Dual-Timeline Novel

February 14, 2024

Guest Post by Meredith Jaeger – Dual-Timeline historical novels continue to sell because they have their own special magic. However, […]

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Historical Fiction: Entertaining, Engaging, or Englightening?

February 14, 2024

Guest Post by Maryka Biaggio – Since the July 2023 release of the Barbie and Oppenheimer films (AKA Barbenheimer), I’ve been wondering: Can film and […]

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The Goldilocks Question

February 14, 2024

Guest Post by Ann S. Epstein – How much history is “too little,” “too much,” or “just right” in historical […]

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What Not to Wear (HNSNA Conference Edition)

December 14, 2023

Conference Memories by Kate Hornstein – As I looked towards my first live HNSNA Conference where I’d pitch my book […]

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The Balancing Act of Historical Fiction

December 14, 2023

Guest Post by Amanda Cabot – We’ve all seen pictures of Lady Justice ensuring that the scales she holds are […]

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Writing About the Mysterious World of the 12th Century

December 14, 2023

Guest Post by Patricia Bernstein – In the 12th century in England, there were no carriages, no fireplaces, very few […]

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He Said, She Said: Thoughts on Speech in the Past

December 7, 2023

Guest Post by N. L. Holmes – Nobody—neither author nor reader—is likely to argue with the idea that historical fiction […]

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Beyond the Headlines: 5 Research Takeaways from Periodicals

September 14, 2023

Guest Post by Jocelyn Green – Newspapers! Magazines! What treasures they hold for the historical novelist, and looking beyond the […]

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