Top 3 Tips For Writing Great Historical Fiction
“Like any genre there are tropes and devices that authors invariably weave through their narratives, but whether the overarching genre of Historical Fiction or its subgenres there are a succinct number of characteristics upon which the most memorable of bestsellers rise. The bedrock for authenticity has to be robust research but the inclusion of fact doesn’t necessarily make for a compelling read. Historical nuances have to be repurposed to serve the narrative without losing their symbolic impact. whilst avoiding the trap of having historical events whirling too perfectly around a novels main character.
Clearly, any view is subjective but we think our top 3 tips for writing bestselling Historical Fiction are a good place to start when setting out to write or refine Historical Fiction or its subgenres.
1 – Whether real or imagined, nuanced dialogue breathes life into a character and the period in which they live. Dialogue invariably reflects the attitudes, biases, beliefs and social expectations of the time but when too rigidly adhered to can come across as unwieldy and detract from a reader’s enjoyment. The trick here is to include just enough vocabulary and phrases from the period to establish setting and authenticity.”