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!

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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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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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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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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How a Die-hard Novelist Learned the Surprising Joy of a (Short) Story

September 14, 2022

Guest Post by Alison Taylor-Brown – Most of us long for a readership. We hope to connect with people who […]

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My First HNSNA Conference in 2013

September 14, 2022

By Guest Poster Sharman Burson Ramsey – My first experience with the Historical Novel Society was in 2013 when I […]

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How I Found My People at My First Historical Novel Society Conference

May 10, 2022

Carol M. Cram – I’m a bit of a late bloomer when it comes to writing historical fiction. My debut […]

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Finding the Real Story in Your Historical Novel

May 10, 2022

Guest Post by Sam Osherson – Writing teacher Bonnie Freidman has discussed the problem of writers being “transfixed” by their […]

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