Earlier this month I attended a meeting of the Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers' Guild. The guest speaker was college professor, journalist, and author Steve Wiegenstein, who spoke about writing historical fiction and nonfiction. Steve's historical fiction novel Slant of Light, published by Blank Slate Press, is set in the Missouri Ozarks during the Civil War.
* Avoid“Research Rapture," when a writer can’t bear not to share results of research.
*Keep in the compelling parts of research.
*EMPATHY separates rewarding historical fiction from throwaway books.
*He didn’t put the emotion in the first draft, but in subsequent ones.
*Lesson Learned for the sequel: