Writing Historical Novels

As a writer of historical fiction, it is important to truthfully communicate the way things you are writing about actually happened.

As a writer for teenagers, this is even more important. Many young readers will take your description of historical events as fact ‐ often learning more about the past from your work of fiction than they will in mastering their history lessons at school.

So, as the author of that work, you have a responsibility to keep your facts completely accurate – keeping in mind that you are not only imparting a great story to your readers but helping them learn about history as well.

For instance, did Marie Antoinette really say, “Let them eat cake”? In doing research for a book I wrote on the French Revolution, I discovered that there is no actual proof that she ever uttered those words. So even though having her mutter, “Oh, let them eat cake,”…

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