In writing historical fiction, we are bringing light to the forgotten people, places, and moments of the past. We are connecting our own thoughts, emotions, and experiences to the people who preceded us in time, and directing a “spotlight” on the ordinary or forgotten characters who lived through the extraordinary times of the past. Now I’m not trying to say that you should only write novels about “real” people (oh no, author insanity has taken me, I’m starting to think my characters are alive), since you can also have historical figures make only a passing appearance in your novel, or write about entirely fictional characters in a real historical setting–imagining people who might have lived during and experienced the events about which you’re writing. What better way to truly reach and connect to the people who read your book than to show them, not a new world, but a world that has already been, and remains now only in memory and record?Why I’m Not Afraid of Writing Historical Fiction – Truly Zoe
Click through to read a thoughtful essay by a pre-published teenage author and admirer of historical fiction. Thank you, Zoe!