If you are telling me that most people your age don't know this "true history," that's news to me. In America, that is what I think most readers would be focused on, and I'd wager if you did a survey in America or in general excluding French citizens that is what you would find; almost zero awareness of French history by dates. Heck, in America most people have zero awareness of our own history by date! Much less another country's.
First drafting should be a wild and wonderful ride, full of discovery, dreams and promises.
But at some point you have to settle down and make the book really work. You need to approach your manuscript with sober objectivity and knowledge of the craft. This guest post is by James Scott Bell.
Follow him on Twitter jamesscottbell. Happy People in Happy Land Chief among the most common problems, in first chapters especially, are scenes presenting characters who are perfectly happy in their ordinary worlds. The writer thinks that by showing nice people doing nice things, readers will care about these pleasant folk when the characters are finally hit with a problem.
But readers actually engage with plot via trouble, threat, change or challenge. I call the first hint of this the opening disturbance. Seconds before our truck slams into the tree, I remember the first time I tried to save a life.
Lights were never on this early. As your novel progresses, look out for stops in Happy Land. The host, knowing that Chuck used to do magic when his wife was alive, asks him to do a trick.
Chuck resists but is cajoled into it. In the original version he performed a disappearing knife trick successfully, and everyone was pleased until the cops arrived at the door at the end of the scene.
I decided this was too happy. In my published version, Chuck blows it: Chuck had not blown that trick in twenty years. He looked at his hands like they were foreign objects that had betrayed him. Wendy laughed good naturedly. But when Chuck looked at her, she stopped laughing.
Trouble is your business. Make more of it. This Free Download Will Help! A World Without Fear The best novels, the ones that stay with you all the way to the end—and beyond—have the threat of death hanging over every scene. Even, say, category romances? Death comes in three forms. Physical death is a staple of the thriller, of course.
A cop assigned a case that may mean the end of his career. A married politician falling for a young staffer. A devoted mother losing the child she loves to drugs.
This is where the romance genre comes in. It has to seem as if the lovers must end up together or their lives will forever be less than what they could have been.Alternate history is a subgenre of speculative fiction (or science fiction) and historical fiction that is set in a world in which history has diverged from the actual history of the world.
As ever Alt Hist is a solid, well-written collection of short stories that will appeal to readers who enjoy works of alternate history, historical fiction and historical fantasy. From the American Civil to the Second World War this anthology takes us for a trip through the major events that have shaped human history.
“Raven Child” by Morgan Read Davidson is set during the time of Julius Caesar, and is about the migration of the great Helvetii tribe through the land that would one day be Switzerland—a migration that would bring them into conflict with the might of Rome’s legions.
But an alternate history novel can easily turn into a disaster of historic proportions, if you don't know what you're doing.
Here are 10 writing mistakes that authors of alternate history fall into. Alternate History Fiction (AHF) exists to promote and to provide a guide.
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