For Historical Fiction Writers

My Essays on Writerly Subjects

Write Something Else - Tue, 17 Jan 2017
From time to time, readers and fellow authors email me asking for advice or sharing with me their own stories about obstacles that come between them and the stories they want to write. This past summer, I received the following letter from aspiring African American writer Shawntel Jones. “Stephanie, I am interested in writing about […]

Author Tips for Book Signings - Wed, 20 Jul 2016
Book signings. What aspiring writer doesn’t fantasize about sitting behind a towering pile of books surrounded by adoring fans, scribbling one’s John Hancock across a clean page. It’s the stuff of dreams and fairy tale snow castles. And today I received an email from an excited new author asking for advice on how to handle her […]

How to Shape Characters in Historical Fiction - Sat, 14 May 2016
Shaping Historical vs. Fictional Characters If you’re writing a historical fiction novel that features characters you made up out of whole cloth, congratulations! Your job is, paradoxically, a thousand times easier than writing about someone who actually existed. The reason for this is simple. Shaping a character arc for a fictional character in a historical […]

Publishers You Should Consider For Your Historical Fiction Novel - Mon, 04 Jan 2016
Fellow authors sometimes write to me for recommendations in terms of which publishing companies they should consider when submitting their historical fiction novels. At this point in my career, I’ve published with several different companies, big and small. I’ve also dabbled in self-publishing. I can only speak from my own experience and the knowledge I […]

10 More Tips for Historical Fiction Authors - Sat, 19 Sep 2015
Last year I threw together a list of 10 Tips for Aspiring Historical Fiction Authors. But to some extent or other, we’re all always aspiring, as I’ve never really known a writer who was satisfied. Now I’m back with ten more tips that might be helpful to you, or at least make you chuckle. Here […]


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Jack Bickham

This purports to be about short stories, but it really teaches you story structure in a way that is absolutely necessary for a novel. Moreover it helps you find yourself as a writer.


Beginnings are the most crucial part of a novel.