Tagged: @seekjustice @shannon
November 18, 2017 at 4:57 pm #53849November 18, 2017 at 5:09 pm #53852
@epicaddie2 Fun! Tons of research (I hate research!!). Tons of outlining (I hate outlining!!). And a lot of plotting. Does that help?
JK. HF is fun. It’s not as bad as I made out above. Don’t get scared off by my representation of my pet genre. XD It is a lot different from Fantasy though. Number one: you’re not creating a world. Depending on the story, there is extensive research that has to be done. Number two: You will probably get lost in your story if you don’t outline. Just a brief outline will do, though. And plotting is important too. I’m still learning, but this is the bulk of what I’ve learned so far. Hope this helps!
Title: The Perfect GrammatacallionNovember 18, 2017 at 5:28 pm #53853
@emily Thanks, that helps a lot!
The sort-of-official KP RangerNovember 18, 2017 at 5:56 pm #53861November 18, 2017 at 7:25 pm #53891
@epicaddie2 Ooh the 1700s is a fun time period!!!
So, I don’t write a ton. But when I do, it’s mainly historical fiction, so I’m glad you tagged me. I agree with @emily that you need to do a lot of research. I actually enjoy the researching part…but I might be strange. However, IMHO, the outline thing isn’t really necessary. I am by birth a pantser, so I personally wouldn’t outline. It really depends on your own personal preference. Hmmm, I’m trying to think of something else. Tell you what, I will come back here and let you know if I think of anything else. Hope what I said is helpful!
Dreamer, singer, & avid readerNovember 18, 2017 at 7:48 pm #53894
@shannon I’m pretty sure you meant “panster.” Riiiight?
Title: The Perfect GrammatacallionNovember 18, 2017 at 7:57 pm #53897
@emily, No, it’s pantser. The term came from the idea of someone “flying by the seat of their pants” while they write. Get it???
Dreamer, singer, & avid readerNovember 18, 2017 at 8:01 pm #53899November 18, 2017 at 8:18 pm #53902
@shannon Whatever *rolls eyes*
Title: The Perfect GrammatacallionNovember 18, 2017 at 11:43 pm #53919
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@epicaddie2 Yay! you’ve decided to write some HF!! *dances around the room*.
historical fiction is really cool, but it takes a lot of work, so it’s not for the faint of heart.
However, don’t be discouraged! I write a lot of HF so i’ll give you a few of my humble tips.
#1. Read good historical fiction! if you want to learn about writing historical fiction read good HF or books written in the past. I recommend Rosemary Sutcliff, Victor Hugo, Jane Austen, etc.
#2 Do research! As boring as it sounds, you need to research. that’s actually one of my favourite parts, I tend to go overboard though. Don’t just throw yourself into it though, start basic and narrow it down. I like to start with the junior nonfiction you can find at the library, because it’s very basic and then you can dig deeper into things that are important to your story.
#3 make it a good story! This should go for granted though, but often people just disguise a history text book as a story. It really annoys me.
#4 but don’t sacrifice historical accuracy! if you’re writing historical, you need to make it, well, historical, but I find a lot of books (especially *cough* historical romances) blithely sacrifice accuracy for the story, just because they’re too lazy to make accuracy and storytelling work together.
I know that seems like a lot, but if you have anymore questions let me know! I love talking about history.November 19, 2017 at 4:50 pm #53956November 19, 2017 at 8:09 pm #53977
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