Friday, March 11, 2016

Writing Historical Fiction, Part 2

When Dr. E. K. Prescott wrote her new historical fiction mystery series set in the 1920s in
New England, The Ivy League Chronicles: 9 Squares , she wove together a story by combining paranormal elements to political scandals, hip happenings for society at that time, and cultural icons that were very real in historical context with the journeys traveled by two fictional main characters. In Part 2 of this two-part tutorial, Dr. Prescott references her own successful tactics as a historical fiction writer as well as guides writers on how to best capture historical moments for their own stories. She notes, in particular, how and why you should research and document first, and develop characters and plot second.

In this 35-minute tutorial, you will learn:

  • Strategies for using characters to make history come ALIVE through writing
  • How to identify historical themes to enhance your historical facts of interest
  • How to embed emotion in characters, theme, plot, using the 5 Senses writing strategy
  • The pre-writing Snap Shot exercise