Young Writers Society

Home » Forums » Resources » Writing Tips

Any advice for writing historical fiction?

Random avatar

Gender: Female
Points: 1680
Reviews: 3
Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:31 pm
amanda0450 says...

I want to write a short story about Cleopatra, but I've never written historical fiction before. Do you guys have any advice?
I like pirates! :pirate1:

User avatar
1172 Reviews


Gender: Female
Points: 1504
Reviews: 1172
Sat Apr 23, 2011 5:23 pm
Twit says...


Do you have a proper idea for a story, a character and ideas and all that? If you haven't, then just reading loads and loads about your time period/subject matter really helps kick start inspiration. Other than that, just go for it! There's no real rules about writing any kind of fiction; it's kind of like the Code of the Brethren and all.
"TV makes sense. It has logic, structure, rules, and likeable leading men. In life, we have this."


User avatar
482 Reviews

Gender: Female
Points: 30278
Reviews: 482
Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:32 pm
Ranger Hawk says...

Like Twit said, research that specific time period extensively. You want to know the ins and outs of the time period and events, etc. Writing historical fiction is like writing a story where the setting, era, and some of the characters and their actions have all been set out for you already. The rest of it is up to you! Any additional characters or little twists and details you add make it your own original work. :)
There are two kinds of folks who sit around thinking about how to kill people:
psychopaths and mystery writers.

I'm the kind that pays better.
~Rick Castle

Random avatar

Gender: None specified
Points: 2130
Reviews: 324
Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:04 pm
Fishr says...

Historical Fiction is all I ever write these days. I find it facinating and challenging. Read the tutorial I wrote about this genre here: post650572.html?hilit=historic#p650572

I'm also a historal Re-enactor of the American Revolution period going on my fourth year in the hobby. As such, I've grown adept at researching. So please ask specifically where you're stumped and I'll try and help.

My best advice is, you must learn patience and embrace it.

fish sticks
Formally known as Samuel Garrison


What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god -- the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals!
— William Shakespeare