There are a few things you need to write for a historical fiction.
- An idea.
- Research. Extensive research.
- A basic understanding for the era in which you’re writing.
- A passion for learning.
- Being willing to correct mistakes.
Five things to be exact. Let me dive into each of them and explain them to you. 🙂
An idea. Okay, that’s pretty simple. Everyone has tons of ideas. That’s not too hard, right? Mmmm…. You need to make sure your idea is something someone will want to read. It needs to be interesting and eye-catching. Nothing like, “Oh, so-and-so went here and he met this so-and-so. The end.” NO! Please, no! It needs to be something like, “An archaeologist went to Egypt with his archenemy. They get locked inside a pyramid and together must get out…before the thing hunting them can kill them.” Sounds good, right? 😉
Research! Do enough research so that it all makes sense. Why would he go to Egypt? Was there an important discovery (of course, you can make this part up. It’s fiction! Hel-lo! XD)? What pyramid? What tools do archaeologists use? What could be hunting them? Is it a mythical creature? Is it a person?
What time period are you writing in? Let’s say the 1930s. What were their customs back then? What did they wear? What vehicles? What sayings did they use? That sort of thing. 🙂
Now, what do I mean by a passion for learning? Writing a book includes you learning things. You’re learning about what you’re writing. After doing all the research, you should be an expert of what you’re writing about! I love to learn. Which makes sense, because I love history. 🙂
And you need to be willing to go back and fix any mistakes you find. It’ll make the reader appreciate your writings so much more. Trust me!
So, get out there and write some historical fiction!