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!

Celebrating Women By Telling Their Stories through Historical Fiction

February 14, 2023

Guest Post by Janis Robinson Daly – As an effort to support the National Women’s History Alliance’s 2023 theme for […]

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My Experience at #HNS2019 in National Harbor

February 14, 2023

Guest Post by Linda Ulleseit – In June 2019, I attended the HNS conference in National Harbor, Maryland. As usual, […]

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Tips for Description that Make Historical Fiction Unforgettable

February 14, 2023

Guest Post by Cindy K. Sproles – We all want to hear the words, “Your historical fiction was unforgettable.” Nothing […]

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Drinking Ale–An Essential Detail of Historical Fiction Set in Medieval England

November 30, 2022

Guest Post by Lee Swanson – Ale was the staple drink among the medieval English population, not beer or wine. […]

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Mind Readers: Thoughts on the Historical Imagination

November 30, 2022

Guest Post by Jeffrey Hantover – Within the broad boundaries of historical reality, writers of historical fiction must create a […]

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Account Books and Budgets as Writing Inspiration

November 30, 2022

Guest Post by Ann Marti Friedman – “Truth isn’t in accounts, but in account books,” Josephine Tey wrote in The […]

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Why Women Wear Skirts

September 14, 2022

Guest Post by Jane Stubbs – When you travel in a country where the toilet—if you can find one—consists of […]

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Don’t Go Down the Rabbit Hole! How Not to Get Lost in the Research

September 14, 2022

Guest Post by Lori Anne Goldstein – Every novel involves research. Whether it’s understanding what happens when someone goes into […]

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Researching Historical Fiction: Sources and Applications

September 14, 2022

Guest Post by William F. Hager – Researching historical fiction can be a daunting task, one that can cause delay […]

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My Secret Tool for Writing Complex, Believable Characters

September 14, 2022

Guest Post by Lisa Betz – I’m an introverted, non-emotional, unassertive, analytical thinker, while my heroine is nosy, headstrong, extroverted, […]

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Three Promotional Tools That Worked for Me

September 14, 2022

Guest Post by Lilianne Milgrom – I spent ten years researching and writing my award-winning historical fiction L’Origine: The Secret […]

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Putting the Color Back into History

September 14, 2022

Guest Post by Zenobia Neil – We all know that history has been written by the victors. Those who recorded […]

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