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Respecting The Past: A Philosophy For Historical Fiction

Respecting the Past: A Philosophy for Historical Fiction

By Rachel Garner, Staff Writer If people ask me about nonfiction resources, I’m happy to oblige, cheerfully pelting England Under the Norman and Angevin Kings and other books or articles at them, forgetting that titles like that don’t sound exciting to most people. But when asked for fiction suggestions, I find myself in a sudden quandary.
Research For Historical Fiction – How To Meet The Challenge

Research for Historical Fiction – How to Meet the Challenge

By Rachel Garner, Staff Writer This week I want to address what I called Plea for Help One: I’m writing historical fiction. How do I research? I’m going to give you some general guidelines to follow when researching your time period. Here’s where (and where not) to start.
A Secret To Historical Fiction That Won’t Make Historians Cry

A Secret to Historical Fiction that Won’t Make Historians Cry

By Rachel Garner, Staff Writer Before suggesting historian-approved ways of actually finding the information you need (next blog post) and exploring philosophies of writing historical fiction (third blog post), I want to explain what the discipline of studying history is and why, when answering writers’ questions, I constantly want to say, “You’re asking this question incorrectly.”
How To Weave The Gospel Into Your Stories—Hint: Don’t Try

How To Weave the Gospel into Your Stories—Hint: Don’t Try

By Ryan Robidoux, Guest Contributor If you’re a One Year Adventure Novel student and a Christian, you are not unusual. Many “OYANers” write faith-informed stories. As Christian writers, we know stories are powerful, and we want to impact people with our stories. Indeed, that’s our calling, isn’t it? To share the Gospel?
How Strategic Reading Can Unravel A Novel Knot

How Strategic Reading Can Unravel a Novel Knot

By Rachel Garner, Staff Writer Reading is supposed to be one of the writer’s major tools, and I was utilizing it: I read a lot. I had all the tools I’d been told to gather. But still I hesitated. What was I missing?
How To Write Battle Scenes When You’re Not Into Battles

How to Write Battle Scenes When You’re Not into Battles

By Avrie Roberts, Guest Contributor If you’re non-military minded, like me, the thought of writing battle scenes makes you inwardly groan. Maybe also like me, you hate every attempt you’ve made at writing those scenes. You can get away with not including warfare in some stories, but what happens when you can’t avoid it any longer?
Story Diversity: Creating Complex Characters

Story Diversity: Creating Complex Characters

By Gabrielle Schwabauer, Staff Writer One of the most beautiful elements of being a writer is the ability to put yourself in another person’s shoes, to imagine what it might be like to be someone with fears, challenges, and desires very different from your own.
A Girl And Her Goggles: Tips For Writing Steampunk

A Girl and Her Goggles: Tips for Writing Steampunk

By Sarah Noé, Guest Contributor It might sound like I had all the pieces in place, all the gears turning, for a happy steampunk writing career. However, the sub-genre still held some surprises for me—surprises I want to impart to you. I hope by sharing them that steampunk will appear more accessible if you, too, have an interest in writing it.
What Re-Entry Stress Can Teach You About Your Changed Character

What Re-Entry Stress Can Teach You about Your Changed Character

Jake Buller, Guest Contributor Sometimes when people talk about cross-cultural interactions, they put the emphasis on culture shock. What is more rarely spoken of (but common to the experience of those who cross cultures) is what is sometimes called reverse culture shock. It's getting culture shock in your own culture. It's also an aspect of story that is sometimes neglected by writers.
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