Historical Fiction 101: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Historical Fiction
Part 6: Planning and Writing Your Plot
by Diane Vaughn
One thing that I often run into when planning a plot is how and when to introduce characters and make certain plot points happen. Personally, I am a chronological writer, so I tend to plan my chapters in the order in which I want things to happen. Therefore, you may want to consider the use of a chapter outline in which you summarize each chapter and make notes about where plot points happen. It is also a useful tool when you need to go back and look at something in a previous chapter to avoid plot holes later on.
Of course, this method may not work with everyone as I know writers who write the ending of their story and flesh the rest of the plot using the ending as their guide. I also know people who simply prefer to plan the beginning and ending and just fill in the details along the way. No matter what method you use, go with whatever makes you feel comfortable.
Check back next week to read Mrs. Vaughn's post about revising and polishing the final draft of a work of historical fiction.
Diane Vaughn aspires to greatness, that is, to become a published author. Currently, she lives in Poplar Bluff, Missouri with her husband, Jesse, and their two fur balls, Andy and Bo.
Diane teaches English Language Arts at Poplar Bluff Senior High School, and in her free time, she enjoys working on her various writing endeavors which include writing poetry, fan fiction, and drafting her fan fiction-turned-original fiction. Her favorite genres of literature are the classics, historical fiction, and fantasy.
Visit her website Lexeme Sketches for more information and ways to connect with her.