Writing the historical novel brings several unique challenges. Obviously, historical accuracy is paramount, and much of your preparation will no doubt be devoted to research. It’s tempting, when you finally begin to write, to use as many of the details you discovered as possible, or to let historic events drive the action on the page. Remember, though, that research can never take the place of key practices in creating effective fiction. Tailoring these techniques to your historical novel will help you capture and hold your readers’ attention. See More . . .