Researching A Historical Fiction Novel: Tips from the Stockholm Writer’s Festival

Novelist, or historian? The line becomes a bit blurry when you're writing historical fiction. But one piece of advice that really stood out to me at the Stockholm Writer’s Festival came from hist fic author Jenny White. And she said: “Your research should be invisible. It serves to make the setting in your time period…Read more Researching A Historical Fiction Novel: Tips from the Stockholm Writer’s Festival

How to Start Writing Historical Fiction: Etiquette (Part 2)

I wouldn’t walk into a bar and start jumping on the tables. Perhaps in 3,000 years that might be considered normal (if so I’m glad I live now, I’m clumsy at the best of times) but equally, if I was born in the 18th or early 19th century, I wouldn’t have walked into a bar…Read more How to Start Writing Historical Fiction: Etiquette (Part 2)

How to Start Writing Historical Fiction: Language (Part 1)

Good morrow, dear friends. How fare thee this fine day? Alright mate? 'Ows it goin'? Why hello, how do you do? ... Now if those greetings sound weird, it's because they're supposed to. It's weird because I don't speak like that. (Except maybe the second one, after a week back in south east London and…Read more How to Start Writing Historical Fiction: Language (Part 1)

Flash Fiction: The Dreamer’s Door

Here's a little something I've written as part of Chuck Wendig's most recent flash fiction challenge. If you don't already follow his blog you definitely should because it's awesome. 1,561 words (so a little over, my apologies.) Warning! This involves a bit of torture (because that was pretty common in Elizabethan England.) But it's not…Read more Flash Fiction: The Dreamer’s Door

Historical Fiction Tools: Elizabethan Swearing, Cursing and Vocabulary

I'm writing a historical fiction novel at the moment and damn does it take a lot of research. I'm not writing it as Shakespeare might've, because I want my readers to be able to understand it without sitting through a term of English GCSE lessons, but I'm trying to remain as authentic as possible and…Read more Historical Fiction Tools: Elizabethan Swearing, Cursing and Vocabulary