6 More Tips on Writing Historical Fiction | A Writer of History

We’re missing a great opportunity if we gloss over moral dilemmas because we’re afraid to tell it like it was. What better opportunity to show that women are equal than to tell the truth of what happens when they are not treated equally under the law? What better way to highlight the injustice of what the enslaved faced than to be honest about how people felt about them? … We wrestle with the moral questions of our day, and so should our characters.

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5 thoughts on “6 More Tips on Writing Historical Fiction | A Writer of History

    1. I wholeheartedly concur. Just finished “Conjure Women” by Afia Atakora, and am nearly done with “Jubilee,” by Margaret Walker. Both concern the US Civil War from the perspective of enslaved persons, and are real eye-openers. Both authors are women of color.

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      1. That’s much better. Even then, it ight not be close enough in terms of time. When I first moved to New Orleans, there were still people alive who ‘s forefathers had actually lived during the Civil War and reconstruction. My work involves really listening so I’d sit on their stoops and let them talk. It took some time to gain their trust, but once I did…

        On a lesser matter, how do you find so much time to read? What do you do or not do at home that gives you that time/

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