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Writing Historical Novels, Part Six: Rules – Research, Research, Research #writing #amwriting #historicalromance

Aside from finding your perfect time period and creating your perfect plot and characters, research is perhaps the most important rule to writing historical novels. Why? Because you will never be able to draw your readers into a different time period if you don't know what you're talking about! So how do you know what [...]

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Writing Historical Novels, Part Five: Elements – Plot and Setting: Time and Place #historical

Why do readers read Historical Romance and Historical Fiction? When asked this question, the overwhelming answer is always 'to bring the past to life' and it’s our job as the author to do just that. Nothing will pull a reader out of a historical novel faster than something or someone out of place. Whether it's [...]

Writing Historical Novels, Part Four: Elements – Props and Attire #historicalromance #writing #amwriting

When I talk about proper props and attire, I'm not saying that you need to describe every single detail about what your characters are wearing or using throughout the whole novel. That would be telling, not showing, not to mention unbelievably boring for your readers and could possibly make them want to throw your book [...]

Writing Historical Novels, Part Three: Elements: Characteristics,Traits, and Behavior #historicalromance

Whether real or imagined, characters behave in keeping with the era they inhabit. That's just one of the secrets to writing Historical novels that people will love to read. They don't want to read about a man or a woman who acts as though it's 2018 when the novel is set in 1800s. It just [...]

Writing Historical Novels, Part Two: Elements – Elocution #writing #amwriting #historical

What is elocution? The skill of clear and expressive speech, especially of distinct pronunciation and articulation. So, in other words, speech (Elocution is more of a "historical" word for it . . . see what I did there?). Using proper dialect for the time period of your novel will either draw the reader into that [...]

Writing Historical Novels, Part One: What is the Difference? #historical #amwriting #writing

In gearing up for my lectures in the 2019 Oklahoma Writers Federation Conference, I've decided to take the rest of the year to dedicate this blog to the two topics I plan to speak on. One of them is the "Elements and Rules of Writing Historical Novels" and the other one is "The Best of [...]

Welcome Leigh! #suspense #romance #amreading #amreadingromance

Leigh Fleming creates unique characters facing life’s challenges but who are always rewarded with their happy ending. Stay Hidden, the first in her Hidden series, won the Lone Star Writing Contest for romantic suspense in 2017. A member of Romance Writers of America and the Washington Romance Writers chapter, Leigh lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia, [...]