Romance, Intrigue, and the Great Sweep of History! The first thing I tell students who use historical fiction to write their scene is: Follow your characters, trust them, become them, and see their worlds through their eyes! While the details of a specific time period are important, it's the writer's ability to immerse his or her readers in the characters' lives that is the most important element of writing historical fiction.
How Many Pages Should This Scene Be? You should write at least four double-spaced pages, and up to twenty. This will give me enough to get a sense of your writing and see where your strengths and weaknesses are. I love to work with first draft material, so don't worry about making your scene "perfect".
Important Note: While research is fascinating and invaluable when writing historical fiction, it can become addictive to the point of controlling your story. History is just the backdrop. Remembering this is a sure-fire way to keep the balance between research and actually writing your scene!
How To Get Started: Use The Five Ingredients Of The Scene Listed Below! In the next week or so, set aside enough time to write a single scene. To guide you through the writing of this scene, there are picture prompts to use as jumping off points at the top of each of the Five Ingredients pages below.
When You're Ready To Begin Working With Emily, Just Click The Picture Of The Map Below! Completing your scene is a great accomplishment! Once you've experienced working with my Five Ingredients Of The Scene, you'll know whether you'd like to work with me as your writing coach.
Just click the map to learn what happens during our first session together.