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!

How to Get the Press Coverage Your Historical Novel Deserves

May 10, 2022

Guest Post by Rebecca Rosenberg – I’ve worked in publicity and advertising since I was twenty and am constantly looking […]

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Jazz, Flappers, and Prohibition: Researching the Roaring Twenties

May 10, 2022

Guest Post by Skye Alexander – Writing historical fiction requires doing a lot of research, which may sound tedious to […]

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Hands-on with History: Researching Material Culture

May 10, 2022

Guest Post by E. C. Ambrose – An archive, library, or internet equivalent is your usual starting point when developing […]

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The World Needs More Heroines! Use the Heroine’s Journey to Outline Your Next Historical Novel

May 10, 2022

Guest Post by Robin Henry – Writers of historical fiction often face criticism for placing “modern” characters in a historical […]

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Historical Fantasy: Fantastic Answers to Historical Questions

May 10, 2022

Guest post by Matthew Lucas – One of the pleasures of writing historical fantasy is working within the weave between […]

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Tools of the Trade

February 14, 2022

Guest Post by Amanda Cabot – Carpenters need saws and hammers; portrait painters use brushes and palettes; chefs rely on […]

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Major Legislative Changes Affecting Women in the 19th Century

February 14, 2022

Guest Post by Brenda W. Clough – In Victorian Britain, women teetered on the verge of a vast change in […]

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Zooming Through Time, Space, and Cultures: What I’ve Gained From HNS Conferences

February 14, 2022

Guest Post by Indrani Ganguly – I have enjoyed reading historical novels since I was a child but have only […]

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Bringing Norse Sagas to a Contemporary Audience

February 14, 2022

Guest Post by Stuart W. Mirsky – Modern film and streaming services have conditioned us to expect nonstop action in […]

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Historical Fiction in Four Nouns

February 14, 2022

Guest Post by Deborah L. Williams – “Well, as you revise, think about food, clothing, wine, and gestures,” said my […]

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Updating Serialization for the 21st Century

February 14, 2022

Guest Post by Angeline Walsh –   Before narrative radio dramas and television sitcoms, there was the serial novel. Ever […]

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