Historical Fiction in bite-sized pieces

Since early 2012, A Writer of History has accumulated over 1200 posts – most of them on the subjects of writing and reading historical fiction. Perhaps the sheer volume of posts poses a problem for those who follow AWOH or drop in for a look?

Those who’ve followed the blog for a long time will have seen the redesigned ‘look and feel’ with main topics highlighted both across the top menu area as well on the home page. (The top menu plus 4 of the 11 main topics or categories are shown below.)

In addition to these broad categories, each post is tagged with keywords. So what keywords are most popular or helpful to those interested in either reading or writing historical fiction?

  • #writingtips – authors and yours truly offering useful tips on writing historical fiction – see also writing advice
  • favourite historical fiction authors – a series of posts featuring the most popular HF authors as noted in my surveys; Caveat: the last survey was done in 2018.
  • WWI – posts featuring both the reading and writing of WWI fiction – WWI Fiction is another tag
  • WWI letters home – a multi-year series of WWI letters written by my husband’s great uncle to his family
  • writing process – exploring different ways authors approach the writing of historical fiction
  • world building – what is world building and how is it relevant to historical fiction
  • transporting readers in time and place – readers says that this is one of the most important attributes of successful historical fiction, tips on how to do this – see also authenticity in historical fiction
  • social reading – readers connecting with other readers – see also connecting readers and writers
  • a writer’s research process – various authors discuss their research approaches and techniques
  • inside historical fiction – various authors share their perspectives on what makes successful historical fiction ‘tick’

Hmmm – who knew there was so much stuff on the blog!

By the way, if you have suggestions for further topics to explore or for ways to enhance these topics, I’m all ears.


M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel THAT WAS THEN is a contemporary thriller. Mary’s other novels, THE ADMIRAL’S WIFE, PARIS IN RUINS, TIME AND REGRET, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from AmazonNookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on FacebookTwitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.

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  1. It’s a great idea to help visitors navigate the site. I’ve been blogging for ten years and try to place everything into subject categories, but it is pretty daunting for the newcomer. And so much evergreen information from the past is just sitting there.

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