Writing Fiction Tips

3 11 2012

5 Tips for Writing Historical Fiction

Conquistadora author Esmeralda Santiago and Cervantes Street author Jaime Manrique all joined a panel about writing historical fiction.

Throughout their talk, they shared these five handy tips for writers thinking about the genre.

1. Assemble a collection of art books from the period you are researching. Cut them up and interact with them to get ideas and draw feelings. This will help especially with character development.

2. Read other historical fiction books and identify techniques that could fit well for your own story.

3. Keep in mind that regardless of the time period, people don’t change very much in the ways they respond emotionally.

4. Research constantly.

5. Know the equivalents for linguistic expressions such as “D’uh!” and “Yo.” Use language that is accurate to the time period, but don’t force it. Bear in mind that the Oxford English Dictionary can be your best friend.

Can you add any more tips on writing historical fiction stories?

Source: Galleycat





Challenges of Self-Publishing

3 11 2012

What Self-Publishing Can Not Accomplish

Literary agent Janet Reid offered some self-publishing advice on her popular blog, urging aspiring writers to take a realistic view of the indie route.

According to her post, self-published writers need to sell “more than 20,000 copies” to get the attention of traditional publishers these days. These are tough numbers for any kind of author, setting daunting odds new writers. What do you think?

This post is not to dissuade you from self-publishing. Have at it with all your might. BUT be realistic about what self-publishing is, and what it can accomplish. And more important what it can NOT accomplish.

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