For eight consecutive Sundays beginning today, I am going to post an informational article regarding the writing of historical fiction. The article was written by my dear friend and fellow author, Diane Vaughn. Diane's writing can be found on DeviantArt, her website Lexeme Sketches, and other fan-fiction sites. She is in the process of modifying one of her fan-fiction novels into an original fiction for publication.
This is an eight-part series. Today's section discusses writing the exposition of a historical fiction piece.
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Historical Fiction 101: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Historical Fiction
by Diane Vaughn
Are you an author who has been toying with the idea of writing a historical fiction? Writing historical fiction can be both a challenging and a rewarding endeavor, and depending how you go about doing it, you can create a fascinating story that readers will remember and enjoy. However, many authors who write historical fiction or fan fiction often balk on their great story idea simply because they did not do the research it takes to compose the perfect historical fiction.
Writing historical fiction takes a much different approach because the story takes place in a bygone era. People in certain eras had a much different way of life, speech, fashion, and ideals when compared to modern times. Read on for a comprehensive guide to getting your historical fiction off to a good start.
Before you begin to write your story, you probably have some idea in your head as far as what you want your story to be about and what you want to happen in your plot. But before we get to put those ideas down on paper (or in your favorite word processing program), you need to ask yourself some important questions: What do you want to write about? What is the setting of the story, as in, where and when does it take place? Who do you want to write about? What will be the conflict of the story? Figuring out these things and making note of them will not only help you organize your ideas, but it will help you develop a sound foundation for the rest of the story. If you have trouble organizing your thoughts in your head, try using a graphic organizer.
Check back next Sunday for Part 2 in the series as Mrs. Vaughn discusses creating historical characters.