When you’re writing historical fiction, you need to get your facts straight–right? But the important thing to remember is that you’re writing a novel, not a textbook. It can be frustrating to try and keep your novel true to life, while also not getting bogged down with so much detail it becomes problematic. Below we’ve shared a few of our ideas on how to balance facts with fiction–literally
What is historical accuracy in this context?
Amanda Mae:When you’re writing fiction, historical accuracy is your way of keeping your work realistic and giving it period-correct details
Anna: This is what makes historical fiction appealing. When we read it, we don’t want to stop every few paragraphs and wonder “was this really invented in 1812?” We want to be taken on a journey where we are learning and given insight into the world of a certain era. I don’t know about you, but once in a blue moon I’ve read a so-called historical novel in which I found inaccuracies. After that point, the credibility of the novel fell away. I no longer felt like I was reading a well-put together story. This is something I want to avoid happening to my own stories. (more…)