Respecting the Past: A Philosophy for Historical Fiction

Respecting the Past: A Philosophy for Historical Fiction

By Rachel Garner, Staff Writer
If people ask me about nonfiction resources, I’m happy to oblige, cheerfully pelting England Under the Norman and Angevin Kings and other books or articles at them, forgetting that titles like that don’t sound exciting to most people. But when asked for fiction suggestions, I find myself in a sudden quandary.

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A Secret to Historical Fiction that Won’t Make Historians Cry

A Secret to Historical Fiction that Won’t Make Historians Cry

By Rachel Garner, Staff Writer
Before suggesting historian-approved ways of actually finding the information you need (next blog post) and exploring philosophies of writing historical fiction (third blog post), I want to explain what the discipline of studying history is and why, when answering writers’ questions, I constantly want to say, “You’re asking this question incorrectly.”

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A Girl and Her Goggles: Tips for Writing Steampunk

A Girl and Her Goggles: Tips for Writing Steampunk

By Sarah Noé, Guest Contributor
It might sound like I had all the pieces in place, all the gears turning, for a happy steampunk writing career. However, the sub-genre still held some surprises for me—surprises I want to impart to you. I hope by sharing them that steampunk will appear more accessible if you, too, have an interest in writing it.

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Myths: How Do We Use Them in Stories Today?

Myths: How Do We Use Them in Stories Today?

By Justin Ferguson, Guest Contributor
In my last post, I discussed the role of mythology and the particular power it has in storytelling. Here I would like to examine a couple ways we can incorporate myths into our own stories. Some writers make subtle, brief allusions to myths that are intended to add a “bonus” layer of meaning for those who will notice. But two more significant ways myths can be used are in retellings and original work.

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Veteran Students on Overcoming Writing Weaknesses, Part 2

Veteran Students on Overcoming Writing Weaknesses, Part 2

Compiled by Staff
Last week, we asked eight One Year Adventure Novel (OYAN) students to tell us what their biggest area of weakness is in writing, and what strategies they employ to overcome it. This week, we feature another eight experienced OYANers and their responses. We hope their ideas for self-improvement will be useful to you!

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