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Once upon a Time It Was Now 2th edition

ISBN:1681570513

ISBN13:9781681570518

Publisher:Blue River Press

Author:James Alexander Thom

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Once upon a Time It Was Now Description

While a historian stands firmly planted in the present and looks back into the past, a historical novelist has a more immediate task: to set readers in the midst of bygone events and lead them forward, allowing them to live and feel the wonderment, fear, hope, triumph, and pain as if they were there.

Learning historical stories is easy, creating stories based in history is not.

In Once Upon a Time It Was Now, best-selling author James Alexander Thom (Follow the River, From Sea to Shining Sea, Sign-Talker) gives you the tools you need to research and create stories born from the past that will move and inspire modern readers. His comprehensive approach includes lessons on how to:

Find and use historical archives and conduct physical field research

Re-construct the world of your novel, including people and voices, physical environments, and cultural context

Achieve verisimilitude in speech, action, setting, and description

Seamlessly weave historical fact with your own compelling plot ideas

With wit and candor, Thom's detailed instruction, illuminating personal experience, and invaluable insights culled from discussions with other trusted historical writers will guide you to craft a novel that is true to what was then, when then was now.

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