The Writers' Helpers

Genre Help: Historical Fiction

Historical fiction can easily be one of the most difficult and time-consuming genres to write.  Unlike sci-fi or fantasy, which transport the reader to created worlds, historical fiction is set in a finite space, bound by a seemingly endless number of social and technological rules. Often, this is a space the writers have never visited themselves.  However, historical fiction done well can be one of the most enlightening and fascinating demonstrations of the human experience. Here are some tips to help you on your way.

  • The Rose of Sebastopol by Katherine McMahon
  • Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  • Copper (2012) (BBC America)
  • Hell On Wheels (2012) (AMC)
  • Mad Men (2007-) (AMC)
  • War Horse (2011)

-Nextyearswords

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