21 February 2013

William Dietrich (on Writing Historical Novels)

Convincing characters are even more challenging to create in historical fiction. Their decisions are constrained by real historical events and people. Their assumptions about religion, science, morality, and ambition are different than those of the 21st Century. Conditions are cruder, lifespans shorter, disease more common, punishments harsher, pain familiar, and hunger more than an abstraction. How do we get in their heads?
New York Times bestselling historical novelist William Dietrich at

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