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Well-researched fact is the heart of great historical fiction. Properly used, period detail which will give life to your story, transporting the reader back to a time where your historical characters fill the page. In this 60-Minute Masterclass, award-winning novelist Katharine McMahon addresses all the pleasures and pitfalls of writing in another era, from how to build plo Well-researched fact is the heart of great historical fiction. Properly used, period detail which will give life to your story, transporting the reader back to a time where your historical characters fill the page. In this 60-Minute Masterclass, award-winning novelist Katharine McMahon addresses all the pleasures and pitfalls of writing in another era, from how to build plot, character and structure against a historical backdrop, to weaving real events and people into fictional plots. You’ll learn about the importance of authenticity in your prose – and how to transgress it without compromising your writing – and new ways of finding inspiration in real historical materials and artefacts. From mining social niceties for period detail to ensuring your dialogue sounds realistic without distracting your readers, it’s the ultimate way to look forward to the past. ‘Writing Historical Fiction’ covers: + Using historical snippets – including diaries, letters and news reports – to find a springboard for fiction + Taking liberties with history – decisions about author voice types of historical fiction + How to research + Creating a character who works within four dimensions + Intertwining historical events and people with fictional plotlines and characters + Bringing it all together – blending voice, plot, character, setting and historical context 60-Minute Masterclasses are expert ebooks that help you do more with your creative writing, journalism and entrepreneurship. Locking on to the stuff that you actually need to know, each title is a precise, practical pointer on the matters that matter most.


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Well-researched fact is the heart of great historical fiction. Properly used, period detail which will give life to your story, transporting the reader back to a time where your historical characters fill the page. In this 60-Minute Masterclass, award-winning novelist Katharine McMahon addresses all the pleasures and pitfalls of writing in another era, from how to build plo Well-researched fact is the heart of great historical fiction. Properly used, period detail which will give life to your story, transporting the reader back to a time where your historical characters fill the page. In this 60-Minute Masterclass, award-winning novelist Katharine McMahon addresses all the pleasures and pitfalls of writing in another era, from how to build plot, character and structure against a historical backdrop, to weaving real events and people into fictional plots. You’ll learn about the importance of authenticity in your prose – and how to transgress it without compromising your writing – and new ways of finding inspiration in real historical materials and artefacts. From mining social niceties for period detail to ensuring your dialogue sounds realistic without distracting your readers, it’s the ultimate way to look forward to the past. ‘Writing Historical Fiction’ covers: + Using historical snippets – including diaries, letters and news reports – to find a springboard for fiction + Taking liberties with history – decisions about author voice types of historical fiction + How to research + Creating a character who works within four dimensions + Intertwining historical events and people with fictional plotlines and characters + Bringing it all together – blending voice, plot, character, setting and historical context 60-Minute Masterclasses are expert ebooks that help you do more with your creative writing, journalism and entrepreneurship. Locking on to the stuff that you actually need to know, each title is a precise, practical pointer on the matters that matter most.

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    Helpful This ebook was helpful in the sense it was a quick read and not filled with “Well, I did it this way ... blah, blah, blah.” With it’s quick sections it reinforced what I needed to be doing to keep moving forward with my research and writing.

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