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Writing historical fiction is quite simply writing a story that is set in the past. You will do research to create a correct and realistic setting, based upon facts. Historical fiction can even include real people.
You are writing fiction, but it is so very important to do your homework so that you can pin down the mannerisms, costumes, conditions, vernacular and so on in order to make your novel realistic. In fact, historical fiction novels can take years to write due to the amount of ‘homework' (research) required.
When you choose to write historical fiction, you are putting on two hats--you are both historian and storyteller. You are going to tell your readers both what happened at the time and what it felt like. Your characters will no longer be one-dimensional people we have read about in history; they will now be people whose thoughts and feelings we will be partial to.
In this course, we are going to explore the genre and all its offshoots. We'll discuss the various sub-genres, the types of characters and settings you may want to explore, character motivations, conflict, plot, plot mapping, editing, and pacing. We'll even cover agents, queries, and so much more. You will walk away from this course (at the end!) feeling as if you know exactly what you want to write and exactly how to write it. So join us today!
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Lesson 1: What is Historical Fiction?Historical fiction is writing that is fictional but in which elements from history play the main roles.
Lesson 2: Elements of Historical FictionEvery genre of fiction has its own special elements. The elements of historical fiction are many and varied.
Lesson 3: Mystery as a Sub-Genre of Historical FictionMystery and suspense can be really fun ways to tell your historical fiction story.
Lesson 4: Romance as a Sub-Genre of Historical FictionThe historical romance is actually quite popular within the historical fiction subgenres, especially when you start to add in the Gothic of the series.
Lesson 5: Classical Historical Fiction and MoreYou do not need to be an historian to write a good classic historical novel, just a good, thorough researcher.
Lesson 6: Characters, the WhoDo your research. Remember that people in the past had different beliefs from ours today.
Lesson 7: Setting, the WhereWhere you set your novel depends upon a variety of questions and answers.
Lesson 8: Real or Make-believe?The setting needs to be so vibrant that the readers feel they are there.
Lesson 9: Research: What to IncludeWriting historical fiction generally takes longer to write than any other genre because of the extensive amount of research one must do.
Lesson 10: How to Do ResearchYou need details in order to make the book realistic and to make the reader feel as if he or she has fallen back in time.
Lesson 11: Hands-on Research (Writing What You Know, or rather, What You Don't Know)There are a lot of great sources out there that will help you in your research.
Lesson 12: The ExpertsYou should first do your own research. This way you can find out what you have available to you, look at it, organize your information, and then see what might be missing.
Lesson 13: Historical Fiction and FactWriting historical fiction really is an art form, since historical fiction is made up of both truths and well, half-truths or make-believe.
Lesson 14: Plagiarism, Lies, and WikipediaEither use a references section, a bibliography, or even an afterword to encompass all your research materials.
Lesson 15: Plotting: Plot Lines and Plot MapsYour plot is your tool to show, rather than tell, your reader about all the events that take place in your story as they unfold.
Lesson 16: ConflictA story that has a conflict has a beginning, middle, and end.
Lesson 17: Subplots and MotivationIf the motivations are not believable, there is no reason for your reader to keep reading.
Lesson 18: PacingThe novel's pacing comprises constant changes; something is always happening and that is why we read.
Lesson 19: Showing, Rather than TellingShowing your reader something instead of simply telling him is the basis of creative writing.
Lesson 20: Editing and Re-editingEditing is a tedious, time-consuming process that is generally not thought to be very much fun. However, it is a necessary piece of the puzzle.
Lesson 21: AgentsToday publishers are busier than ever and they do not have the additional staff available to read unsolicited manuscripts, so they rely on agents to do that.
Lesson 22: The Query LetterA query letter is your introduction to an agent or, if you choose to forgo an agent, to a publisher.
Lesson 23: Final WordsThis lesson will sum up all the others, touching on all the important aspects to keep them at the forefront of your memory.
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