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The Trick to Writing Historical Fiction

Just so you know, dear blog reader, I am ALWAYS thinking of you. Even during business meetings. Yesterday, I was having a business meeting with Sarah Harvey, my editor at Orca Books. Sarah always says many smart things, but when she said this one thing about the trick to writing historical fiction, I thought to myself WRITE THAT DOWN SO I CAN USE IT ON THE BLOG!!

Here's what Sarah said: "The trick with historical fiction is to make the characters live in both these worlds." You're going to need a little context now. The two worlds Sarah meant are the historical world the author is trying to capture in her (or his) story, and the world contemporary teens live in today. 

I thought that line was simple, but oh-so-smart. And because I'm hard at work on another historical YA fiction, that's exactly my challenge: getting my characters to live in two worlds.

Hope things in your world are going okay today.

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Comments

Guest - Armen Attarian on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 14:23

Hello Miss P,

Today, I had some free time ( a rarity these days) and decided to have a look at the blog! Wow, another historical YA novel? I cant wait to read it when it comes out Wish you the best of luck in the writing process. I'll try my best to keep in touch.

P.S: I must say though I miss your classes

Cheers,

Armen

Hello Miss P, Today, I had some free time ( a rarity these days) and decided to have a look at the blog! Wow, another historical YA novel? I cant wait to read it when it comes out :) Wish you the best of luck in the writing process. I'll try my best to keep in touch. P.S: I must say though I miss your classes :D Cheers, Armen
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