A Word on Word Choice When Writing Historical Fiction (pt. 2)

(Continued from Part 1)

Last week, I wrote about the care I take with word choice in writing

Specifically, the first of three questions that I ask myself in attempting to create a narrative that sounds of a bygone era for historical fiction.

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Characters’ Physical Descriptions in Fiction: An Argument in Opposition

Last year, while having parts of my WIP critiqued by a CP, I received an unexpected bit of feedback.

It had to do with the physical description of a certain character.  Specifically, the fact that, in her mind, I hadn’t provided a physical description at all.

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Thoughts on Reading Through the Rest of My Novel

It was a tweet I could have written myself:

(At least the first part of the tweet; it’s pretty hard to create a duology out of a story that’s already been envisioned as a trilogy!)

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On Researching to Write Historical Fiction

When it comes to writing historical fiction, your plot, however entertaining, will only take you so far.

You also have to present a well-constructed setting that captures the culture, customs, details, and ethos of the historical period in question.  In this way, histfic genre conventions have as much in common with an honours-level history class as with any other genre of fiction.

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