Today on the blog, I’m delighted to welcome AnneMarie Brear, to share her top tips on writing historical fiction (and fiction in general), as well as sharing news of her novel The Promise of Tomorrow. Enjoy!
I think every writer has their own way to write and once a writer has found their own rhythm then all they need to do is refine what they do. My biggest tip is, once you’ve finished your manuscript, is to put it away for as long as you can bear it, at least a few weeks. Let the story settle, and work on something else. Then, when you look at the manuscript again you will be able to see errors. Edit your story well but know when to stop. Some writers never see their books for sale because they fiddle with them for years, afraid to let go.
Be True to your characters…
I feel a character should speak to you. They should dictate what happens and how it happens within the story. Have you ever written yourself into a corner and couldn’t understand why the story isn’t moving forward? Often this could be you taking the character where it doesn’t want to go. Read back a few chapters and analyse where the change happened. When did the story stop flowing smoothly? Usually, when you can recognise this change you can then fix it.
If you force a character to behave in a way that is not true to them, the reader will notice it and wonder why. Don’t give the reader pause for thought in a negative way at any time.
Your goal as a writer is to sweep the reader into your character’s world – their world, not yours.
The reader wants to experience the five senses – to feel, smell, hear, taste and see – that the characters do.
To add to this subject — be true to your period, especially if writing historical fiction.
Historical writers must know their era well. A reader can tell when the author has done her research or when the author has fudged along the lines. You don’t have to bog down your novel with pages of details – you aren’t writing a textbook! Information dumps aren’t interesting.
Instead, you need to sprinkle all the little facts you know about those times throughout the story. Sometimes, all it can take is an extra word. And it is those snippets of description that can flavour your work and make it different to another’s.
Covers are important. Traditionally published authors don’t often get a final say in what their cover will be but indie authors have full control and they should spend the money to get a really good cover that reflects their story.
My biggest tip is to write the very best story you can.
The Promise of Tomorrow
Charlotte Brookes flees her lecherous guardian, McBride, taking her younger sister with her. After a year on the road, they stumble into a Yorkshire village. There, they are taken in by the Wheelers, owners of the village shop. This new life is strange for Charlotte, but preferable to living with McBride or surviving on the roads.
Harry Belmont is an important man in the village, but he’s missing something in his life. His budding friendship with Charlotte gives him hope she will feel more for him one day, and he will have the woman he needs.
However, when McBride finds out where Charlotte lives, his threats begin, and Harry takes it upon himself to keep Charlotte safe. Only, World War I erupts and Harry enlists.
Left to face a world of new responsibilities, and Harry’s difficult sister, Charlotte must run the gauntlet of family disputes, McBride’s constant harassment and the possibility of the man she loves being killed.
Can Charlotte find the happiness that always seems under threat, and will Harry return home to her?
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GHCXQ8Y/
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GHCXQ8Y/
Australian born AnneMarie Brear writes historical novels and modern romances and sometimes the odd short story, too. Her passions, apart from writing, are travelling, reading, researching historical eras and looking for inspiration for her next book.
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