Details in an Historical Novel

I’m not sure how much detail to incorporate into my historical novel. On one hand, readers today don’t like to be bogged down with too much detail, and on the other hand, readers need to be transported to the past that has been aptly called a “Foreign Country.”

Writers are told never to tell, and always to show. Making a setting real without describing it is a challenge. And I’m on the look out for ways this can be done effectively. Much is made of the so called “Telling details” and I know one when I see it. But they are not always easy to write.

I’ve just downloaded a FREE ebook: Kat Duncan called TELLING DETAILS. There’s also a discussion at:

And at:

I love the Internet!!!!




About medievalphyllis

I love history and I love writing. I've been working on an historical novel about a medieval viscountess, Ermengarde of Narbonne since 2009. It has been quite a journey and the journey isn't over. Previously I written 6 historical novels for kids, but this is a new challenge.
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