It was Ernest Hemingway who once said, ‘there is nothing to writing. You just sit at a typewriter, and bleed.’ If you don’t mind the idea of a little metaphorical blood-letting, here are a few tips I have found helpful over the years.
The idea of researching a historical novel can seem a daunting task, but if you’ve chosen a period you’re genuinely interested in, then you should find yourself down a rabbit hole full of boundless, inspirational ideas for both your plot and your characters.
Either you have already written a chapter or two, or you are thinking about it – true? Some people write a whole book and then knock on publishers’ doors – only to discover that their manuscript may not be ready to be published.