Writing Historical Fiction: Creating the Historical Blockbuster

Writing Historical Fiction: Creating the Historical Blockbuster

Paperback Studymates Writers Guides

By (author) Marina Oliver, Edited by Dr. Graham Lawler

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  • Publisher: STUDYMATES
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 210mm x 18mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 January 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Abergele
  • ISBN 10: 1842850776
  • ISBN 13: 9781842850770
  • Sales rank: 349,316

Product description

Here is how to become a published crime writer. "Writing Crime" is an excellent introduction to the genre from a well-established and highly respected author. In this book, you will learn: how to start writing crime; how to layer your novel with clues; how to find a market for your work; and, how to be a professional crime writer.

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Author information

Marina Oliver, former Chair of the Romantic Novelists' Association and editor of RNA magazine is an author and creative writing teacher. She has published over fifty books, including thirty-eight historical novels ranging from the medieval period to the 1930s. She lives in Shropshire.

Review quote

For me, the invaluable part of this guide is that along with the advice there are practical, helpful exercises to attempt. I challenge any new writer to finish this book and pick up a blank sheet of paper and to find that it remains blank. Writing a Historical Novel will also help you with blocks along the way and, most usefully, gives advice on how to get your work published. I recommend it whole-heatedly. Richard Lee Founder/Publisher The Historical Novel Society

Table of contents

1 Introduction 2 Different approaches and dealing with outlines 3 Settings and Issues 4 Characterisation and motivation 5 Dialogue 6 Backgrounds and specialist knowledge 7 Narrative Style and first paragraphs 8 Focus, suspect, clues and red herrings 9 Pace or the smoking gun 10 Denouements and endings 11 research